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Scotland Giant Panda Has Miscarriage
2013-10-15 13:34:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Officials at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland have announced that Tian Tian, Edinburgh Zoo’s beloved female giant panda, is no longer pregnant. The zoo said in a statement today that all of Tian Tian's hormonal and behavioral signs indicate that she had conceived and carried a fetus until late term, but then lost it. “We are all saddened by this turn of events after so many weeks of waiting. Timings are difficult to...

Panda Cub's Twin Was Stillborn
2013-08-26 04:49:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While a giant panda cub born Friday afternoon at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington was said to be in good health following a 10-minute physical exam Sunday morning, zoo officials have revealed that its mother had also given birth to a second, stillborn cub over the weekend. According to Michael E. Ruane of the Washington Post, the second cub was born on Saturday evening. While stillbirths in giant pandas are said to...

Artificial Insemination For National Zoo's Giant Panda
2013-04-01 04:43:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Veterinarians at the National Zoo in Washington DC have artificially inseminated a female panda after detecting a rise in her urinary estrogen levels over the weekend, various media outlets have reported. According to the Associated Press (AP), the procedure was performed on the zoo´s female giant panda, Mei Xiang, by a team of scientists on Saturday morning. The decision to artificially inseminate Mei Xiang was made after...

2012-08-28 11:01:59

As solitary animals, giant pandas have developed a number of ways to communicate those times when they are ready to come into close contact. One means of this communication occurs through scent marking. A recent study by San Diego Zoo Global researchers, collaborating with researchers at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science, indicates that pandas make clear and specific choices about what trees are used for scent marking. "Variables affecting the selection of scent-marking...

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2012-07-09 14:21:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Now, millions of Internet users around the world will be able to check in on the famous U.S. born Tai Shan panda bear. Explore.org has set up live HD web cams so the world will be able to get their panda fill by looking into what Tai Shan is up to. Tai Shan became the first Giant Panda born in captivity at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. seven years ago. Millions of onlookers tuned in to a live online stream of the panda...

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2011-02-02 12:02:07

In a move almost guaranteed to quash romantic notions, onlookers watched intently from video monitors as two giant pandas at Washington DC's National Zoo were about to have their first date in a year. The female panda Mei Xiang and her intended partner Tian Tian, are closely monitored in the hopes that they would produce a cub come spring. "That is the beauty of the panda breeding season. Everything happens in two or three days but it is always extremely intense," said Pierre Comizzoli, a...

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2011-01-20 13:25:39

A Chinese conservation official said on Wednesday that China is extending its so-called panda diplomacy agreement with the U.S., which would allow giant pandas to stay at the National Zoo in Washington for another five years. "This is a great opportunity ... to advance our friendship," Zang Chunlin, secretary-general of the China Wildlife Conservation Association, told reporters. A signing ceremony to extend the just-completed decade-long agreement was to take place Thursday at the zoo....

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2010-04-14 07:30:59

The endangered giant panda may soon be able to add a new representative to the ranks of their species, according to officials at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna. Yang Yang and Long Hui, two A. melanoleuca representatives living in captivity at the Austrian capital's zoo, mated twice this week. Coincidentally, the zoo was also the home to the first naturally conceived panda to be born in Europe--Fu Long, which was born in August 2007. The mating season for giant pandas lasts from March through...

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2009-11-24 11:00:00

Officials at a panda research center in northwest China's Shaanxi Province have closed the facility to visitors as a precautionary measure intended to protect the animals from being infected by the H1N1 swine flu. The Shaanxi Wild Animal Rescue and Research Center is one of China's four panda research bases. The facility is home to 21 giant pandas, including three cubs born this year. On Tuesday, officials announced that it would be shutting off a 2,000-square-meter area to the public due to...

2009-09-05 08:56:23

A giant panda who delivered a male cub last year has given birth to a female cub at a breeding center in northwest China, officials said. Nine-year-old Zhuzhu, whose name means pearl, gave birth to her newest cub Friday at the Shaanxi Rare Wild Animals Rescue and Breeding Research Center in Xi'an, China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported Saturday. Zhuzhu was artificially inseminated, as was 6-year-old Lousheng, who gave birth three weeks ago to a male and a female cub. The recent baby...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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