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2006-01-24 08:25:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent FRONT ROYAL, Virginia -- Zoe purrs and grunts when she hears women talking. Just like any house cat wanting her ears scratched, she rubs against the chain-link fence invitingly. But Zoe, who lives at the Smithsonian National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia, is no kitty cat; she's a rare clouded leopard. And the specialists at the center are among the few animal experts in the world who have been able to get...

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2005-12-31 10:20:40

WASHINGTON -- Three little brothers whose antics have drawn crowds at the National Zoo for more than a year are all grown up now and getting kicked out of the house. Marah, Jalan and Besar - Sumatran tiger cubs - are approaching 200 pounds apiece, an adult's size. Their mother is pushing them away, another sign that they are no longer little kittens even though they still play that way. Next week, the 19-month-old males are being shipped to Landry's Downtown Aquarium in Denver to become...

2005-12-30 18:59:42

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The San Diego Zoo's 5-month-old panda cub, Su Lin, slept through most of her first days on public display this week, but behind the scenes, the fuzzy 15.6-pound (7 kg) panda is performing headstands and nibbling on her mother's ears, a zookeeper said on Friday. Su Lin, one of two panda cubs in the United States, was born on August 2. The panda and her mother, Bai Yun, are on loan to the zoo from the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in China....

2005-11-29 12:30:00

By Mona Megalli and Sarah Edmonds WASHINGTON -- So little in Washington is black and white that all it takes is a tiny panda cub to captivate the entire U.S. capital. Tai Shan, the 21-pound (9.5-kg) baby panda born in July at the U.S. National Zoo, took his first bow before the media on Tuesday, reducing one of the hardest-bitten press corps in the world to cooing and incoherent babble. Although he is already famous thanks to the zoo's online "panda cams," the little bear won't formally...

2005-11-10 17:45:00

LOS ANGELES -- A giant panda cub born at the San Diego Zoo earlier this year will be named "Su Lin," after the first Giant Panda brought to the United States in 1936, Zoo officials said on Thursday. The name was chosen by 44 percent of the more than 70,000 voters who participated in an online poll and bestowed on the cub 100 days after she was born, in keeping with Chinese tradition, Zoo spokesman Don Lindburg said. Su Lin means "a little bit of something very cute," in Chinese, Lindburg...

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2005-10-13 08:37:35

WASHINGTON -- The National Zoo's 3-month-old giant panda cub put his best paw forward Wednesday and took his first full steps. Until then, the animal had only pulled himself around on his front legs, said chief veterinarian Suzan Murray. But soon after a medical exam - when zoo vets placed the cub back in the cage he shares with his mother Mei Xiang - they saw his rear legs kick into action. "He was just moving his front end, and his hind legs sort of moved shakily behind him," Murray said....

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2005-10-06 12:09:43

WASHINGTON -- National zoo veterinarians treated a giraffe Wednesday for a tumor on its head, in what the chief vet said was the first such case of skin cancer. The 13-foot-tall Jafari was back on his feet and in seeming good health in his habitat following the 45-minute procedure that involved 28 people. It is the first case of skin cancer reported among the tall, spotted creatures, chief veterinarian Suzan Murray said. The medical team - which included a giraffe specialist from Florida...

2005-08-25 13:40:00

LOS ANGELES -- Three weeks after a giant panda cub was born at the San Diego Zoo, veterinarians confirmed on Thursday that the newborn is a girl. "The veterinary staff had its suspicions during the cub's first exam last week but chose to wait one more week to get a second look," the zoo said in a written statement. The cub -- who in keeping with Chinese tradition won't be named until she is 100 days old -- now weighs 22 ounces (618 grams) and is 11.6 inches (29.5 cms) long from the tip of the...

2005-08-03 13:11:30

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - San Diego Zoo on Wednesday welcomed a new giant panda cub -- the second to be born in the United States this year and one of the few of the endangered species in captivity to be born naturally. Zoo officials said the 4-ounce (113.5-gram) cub, whose name and gender have yet to be determined, was born late on Tuesday. Thirteen-year-old mother Bai Yun, on loan from China, was originally carrying twins but one of the fetuses died in the womb. In Washington, Mei Xiang...

2005-08-02 12:12:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It's a boy -- a quick peek at the baby panda born last month at Washington's National Zoo showed it is a male, the zoo said on Tuesday. Curious veterinarians at the Smithsonian National Zoo lured giant panda Mei Xiang out of her den with a bamboo snack and sneaked a look at her cub, which was born July 9. The cub is now 12 inches (30 cm) long and weighs 1.8 pounds (825.7 grams), the zoo said in a statement. Veterinarian Sharon Deem was also able to listen to its...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'