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2007-05-24 00:40:00

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A panda at the Memphis Zoo is definitely pregnant, officials there said Wednesday. Ya Ya, a giant panda, was artificially inseminated in January after she and a male companion failed at mating the old-fashioned way. Since then, the zoo has closely monitored her as the potential due date drew near for the 6-year-old panda. "I'm excited, but I'm also cautious because we have a long way to go before the birth," said Chuck Brady, the zoo's president. Ya Ya is expected to...

2007-01-12 08:56:10

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Zoo is hoping a few days of privacy will include a magic moment between its giant pandas. The panda exhibit was closed for 72 hours beginning Thursday to give Ya Ya and Le Le some time to mate. A female panda has only three days a year to conceive, according to Matt Thompson, the curator of the zoo's mammal wing and overseer of the panda exhibit. The two have been placed together during previous mating periods although officials didn't hope for much because...

2006-09-07 10:59:06

BEIJING (AP) - A giant panda in southwest China has given birth to a pair of twins, state media said, the latest additions in a baby boom for the endangered animals. Ya Ya, who lives in the Chongqing Zoo, delivered the babies about an hour apart early Tuesday, China News Service said. They were her first cubs, it said, and both mother and babies are healthy. The zoo has been closed for a week to give Ya Ya some peace, it said. One has been taken to the Wolong Giant Panda Protection and...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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