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By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent FRONT ROYAL, Virginia (Reuters) - 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.
Fewer than 10,000 clouded leopards are believed to survive in the wild. The breeding program may hold the key to the future of a species vanishing fast as its forest homes disappear and as poachers learn how to capture them.
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.
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.
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.
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 National Zoo's 3-month-old giant panda cub put his best paw forward Wednesday and took his first full steps.
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.
Three weeks after a giant panda cub was born at the San Diego Zoo, veterinarians confirmed on Thursday that the newborn is a girl.
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.