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Post by queenie » Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:02 pm

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Jayne Hutcheson, a veterinary technician, left, works on an IV line as Elyshia Hankin, a veterinary radiologist from Friendship Hospital for Animals, performs an ultrasound on the National Zoo’s giant panda Bei Bei on Wednesday. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
By Michael E. Ruane September 4 at 6:30 PM

A blood-oxygen monitor is clipped to the animal’s large pink tongue. An endoscope has been fed down his throat to examine his small intestine. And technician Jayne Hutcheson is swabbing his paws with blue paint for keepsake paw prints.
Beneath the surgical lights, the National Zoo’s giant panda Bei Bei is on his back on the operating table. He has a catheter in his jugular vein held in place with staples, and a blood pressure cuff on one leg.
His tiny black eyes are open, and bits of dust rise from his thick fur. But he has been anesthetized and does not react to the experts preparing him for his new adventure and, perhaps, the end of an era at the zoo.
Bei Bei, the youngest of the zoo’s three giant pandas, is headed to China, probably this fall. And before he goes, veterinarians and technicians Wednesday gave him a thorough checkup at the zoo’s hospital.
Over several hours, as the monitors beeped and technicians took notes, he was X-rayed and scoped. His abdomen was examined with ultrasound and his muscles were prodded by a nutritionist.
Blood, photos and at least one selfie were taken.
Near the end, visiting veterinarian J.D. Foster, from Washington’s Friendship Hospital for Animals, said: “This looks pretty darn good.”
National Zoo veterinarian James Steeil replied: “I’ll take pretty darn good.”
The zoo is entering a time of transition in its almost 50-year experience with giant pandas.
After Bei Bei, 4, goes, the zoo will be down to its two adult pandas: Mei Xiang, 21, a female, and Tian Tian, 22, a male.
By prior agreement with the Chinese, all giant panda cubs born in U.S. zoos must be sent to a breeding program in China once they turn 4. Bei Bei, a subadult, turned 4 in August.
But Brandie Smith, the deputy director, said Wednesday that the zoo has to decide where it wants to take its giant panda program next.
“We’re talking about where we want our research to go in the future,” she said at the zoo. “A big part of our research was on giant panda reproduction.”
With the birth of three cubs, “we cracked the code,” she said. “So it’s almost like it’s the end of that era. So what fills in that space?”
“Also, we were big on giant panda population management,” she said. “The National Zoo, we really kind of helped create the breeding plan for the entire global panda population. Again, box checked. . . . So what comes in to fill that space?”
Meanwhile, the zoo has been waiting to find out whether Mei Xiang might be pregnant or is experiencing a false pregnancy. In the latter case, the panda exhibits all the signs of pregnancy, but no cub is delivered.
Mei Xiang, who has had numerous false pregnancies in past years, was artificially inseminated in March and is near the end of her 90- to 185-day gestation period.
As observers kept a close eye on her in the panda house, Bei Bei was on the table under a red heating blanket to keep him warm during the examinations.
He’d had some gastrointestinal problems in recent weeks. And he underwent successful surgery in 2016 to remove a clump of food stuck in his bowel.
So, in addition to his checkup, veterinarians wanted to examine his digestive tract.
“Pandas, not just in captive situations but even in the wild, as a species they seem to have a propensity for gastrointestinal disease,” said the zoo’s chief veterinarian, Don Neiffer.
“With him in particular, actually with all animals, when they go to another institution . . . or another country, there’s usually a pre-shipment examination that occurs,” he said.
“But because he has this history of a gastrointestinal obstruction, and he more recently was a little off because of [a] mucus stool, we really wanted to take the opportunity to just work him up,” Neiffer said.
“We’re not expecting to find anything,” he said. “We want to make sure that there’s nothing that we’re missing.”
(The zoo said after the procedures that everything seemed fine.)
As the veterinarians worked, Hutcheson, the technician, and panda keeper Marty Dearie worked on getting the inked paw prints on pieces of white paper.
“This is for those of our team who’ve been with him since he was a cub,” said zoo spokeswoman Annalisa Meyer. “This is like the most perfect memory . . . that you can have.”
It’s a panda signature, she said.
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Giant panda Bei Bei undergoes a general physical and wellness exam at the National Zoo. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
National Zoo chief veterinarian Don Neiffer listens to Bei Bei’s heartbeat during the exam. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
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Re: Giant Pandas at the National Zoo ~ Bei Bei and Family

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Reproductive scientists, veterinarians and animal keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute have determined that giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) will not give birth this year. She has been experiencing a pseudopregnancy over the past several months.
Giant pandas’ behavior and hormones mimic a pregnancy even if they are experiencing a pseudopregnancy. Reproductive scientists had been tracking Mei Xiang’s hormones since she was artificially inseminated March 28. Her levels of urinary progesterone began to rise in July indicating that she would give birth to a cub or experience the final stages of a pregnancy within 6 to 8 weeks. Her hormone levels are at baseline levels and her behavior is slowly returning to normal. Veterinarians have also not detected a developing fetus on any ultrasounds.
The panda team has tracked Mei Xiang’s behavior closely during the past several weeks. Specially-trained volunteers with Friends of the National Zoo started monitoring her from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. via the panda cams in late August, watching for specific behaviors associated with pregnancy and pseudopregnancy. She started showing behavioral changes Aug. 7, including sensitivity to noise, which prompted the panda team to close the panda house. Veterinarians conducted ultrasounds twice each week to track changes in Mei Xiang’s uterus and to try to detect a developing fetus.
Giant panda pregnancies and pseudopregnancies can last between three and six months. Mei Xiang’s denning behaviors will decrease, and keepers expect her to return to her normal routine within a few weeks.
The panda house will return to normal operating hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Sept. 11. Visitors are also able to see the pandas on the panda cams, which are live on the Zoo’s website 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.
Mei Xiang has given birth to three surviving panda cubs with Tian Tian, all of which were born at the National Zoo. Her first cub, Tai Shan (tie-SHON), was born July 9, 2005 and now lives in China. Her second cub, Bao Bao (BOW-BOW), was born Aug. 23, 2013. Bao Bao moved to China in February 2017. On Aug. 22, 2015, Mei Xiang gave birth to her third cub, Bei Bei (BAY-BAY), who will move to China sometime in the coming months. The Zoo’s Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association stipulates that all panda cubs born at the Zoo move to China when they are 4 years old and the agreement for giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian is in effect until Dec. 7, 2020.
The Zoo received approval for its breeding plans from the China Wildlife and Conservation Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which monitors giant panda research programs in the United States.
Giant pandas are listed as “vulnerable” in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. There are an estimated 1,800 in the wild. Scientists and animal care specialists at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute work with scientists in China studying giant panda reproduction and cub health, habitat and disease.
The Zoo will continue to provide updates on the pandas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #PandaStory, and the Giant Panda e-newsletter.
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Re: Giant Pandas at the National Zoo ~ Bei Bei and Family

Post by queenie » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:24 pm

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Bei Bei is heading to China in November! Follow along on social media, the Panda Cam and take part in the week-long Bye Bye, Bei Bei events.
Farewell Celebration at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo From Nov. 11 to Nov. 18
Oct. 18, 2019
Giant panda Bei Bei will depart the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for China Tuesday, Nov. 19. As part of the Zoo’s cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all cubs born at the Zoo move to China when they are 4 years old. Bei Bei turned 4 Aug. 22.
“Our giant pandas represent much of what the Smithsonian does best, from conservation to education,” said Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian. “As we say goodbye to our beloved Bei Bei, our conservation scientists will continue to work in collaboration to prevent these animals from disappearing, giving them the opportunity to thrive in the wild, inspiring and teaching generations to come.”
“Bei Bei is part of our family,” said Steve Monfort, John and Adrienne Mars director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. “Our team has cared for him, learned from him and, along with millions, loved watching him grow. We’re sad he’s leaving, but excited for the contributions he will make to the global giant panda population. Bei Bei is an ambassador for conservation and part of a 47-year program that proves bringing species and habitats back from the brink is possible through global cooperation.”
Panda keepers are already preparing Bei Bei for the move to make sure he is comfortable and safe during his journey. Part of the preparations will include acclimating Bei Bei to a travel crate. The crate will be placed in the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat. At first, keepers will ask Bei Bei to walk through it every day. After he has adjusted to walking through the crate, they will acclimate him to spending short periods of time in it with the door closed. Keepers will offer him treats while he is in the crate.
When Bei Bei departs for China, he will be accompanied by one panda keeper and one veterinarian. FedEx will fly Bei Bei and the panda team non-stop from Washington, D.C., to Chengdu, China, in a dedicated B777 aircraft as part of the company’s FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” initiative. FedEx uses its global network and logistics expertise to help organizations with mission-critical needs in times of disaster and for special shipments. FedEx also donated dedicated aircrafts to bring Bei Bei’s older brother Tai Shan to China in 2010, older sister Bao Bao to China in 2017 and their parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, to the United States in 2000. It is better for pandas to travel in the fall and winter months when it is cool, instead of in the heat of summer. The panda team will continuously monitor Bei Bei during the trip and will travel with a supply of his favorite treats, including bamboo, apples, pears, carrots, cooked sweet potatoes, biscuits and water.
Upon arrival in Chengdu, Bei Bei’s new keepers will accompany him to one of the bases run by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. The American team will follow, and a panda keeper will remain with Bei Bei for a short time while he acclimates to his new home. Bei Bei will enter the giant panda breeding program when he reaches sexual maturity between 5 and 7 years old.
From Nov.11 to Nov. 18, the Zoo will hold an online and on-site series of “Bye Bye, Bei Bei” celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to Bei Bei before he begins the next chapter of his life in China. Details on the celebration will be shared and posted to the Zoo’s website soon. The Zoo will be using #ByeByeBeiBei on all updates posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Bei Bei was born Aug. 22, 2015, at the Zoo’s David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat. He has been living separately from his mother Mei Xiang since March 2017. Giant pandas are solitary in the wild, and cubs separate from their mothers to establish their own territories between 18 months and 2 years old.
Giant pandas are listed as “vulnerable” in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. There are an estimated 1,800 in the wild. Scientists at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute work with scientists in China studying giant panda reproduction and cub health, habitat and disease. Chinese scientists are working to reintroduce giant pandas to the wild.
Always free of charge and open 364 days a year (closed Dec. 25), the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is one of Washington, D.C.’s most popular tourist destinations, with approximately 2 million visitors from all over the world each year. The Zoo instills a lifelong commitment to conservation through engaging experiences with animals and the people working to save them. Today, the Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington’s Rock Creek Park and is home to 2,700 animals representing more than 390 species. The Zoo’s commitment to conservation, research and education extends to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), located in nearby Front Royal, Virginia. SCBI scientists and animal care experts conduct veterinary and reproductive research to save wildlife and habitats for some of the world’s most endangered animals on the sprawling 3,200-acre campus and in more than 30 countries across the globe.
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Bye Bye, Bei Bei
Join the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for a series of online and on-site celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he begins the next chapter of his life in China.
As part of the Zoo's cooperative breeding program with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all cubs born at the Zoo move to China when 4 years old to breed with other pandas, helping to keep the population genetically diverse. Learn more about Bei Bei's trip to China in this FAQ.
Bei Bei will be sent off with a series of celebratory public events from Monday, Nov. 11, through Monday, Nov. 18, including 24/7 Bei Bei on Panda Cam 1. FONZ's members-only event is on Saturday, Nov. 9. Check out the full schedule below for more details.
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Paw-five! Panda Cam 1 will focus exclusively on Bei Bei from Nov. 11-18.

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Post by queenie » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:31 pm

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Post by queenie » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:12 pm

Twitter Nat'l Zoo lots of gifs, photos, videos of Bei Bei's going to China, Fed Ex Plane, etc.
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Bei Bei the giant panda leaving the National Zoo for China By Chip Reid CBS News November 18, 2019, 6:56 PM
Washington — The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is saying goodbye to Bei Bei. He's the last of its beloved giant panda cubs, and his departure could mean the end of an era.
For the past four years, we've watched as Bei Bei has melted hearts, as he snuggled and played with his mother and somersaulted down snowy hills.
Laurie Thompson at the National Zoo has been watching over Bei Bei since the day he was born. But now, at 4 years old, he's all grown up, and under an agreement with China, he must join their panda breeding program.
Thompson gave CBS News a sneak peek as she acclimated him to a steel crate like the one that will carry him to China Tuesday aboard a FedEx plane with his picture on the side.
"Once I have to say goodbye that's going to be tough," Thompson said.
Bei Bei is the last panda cub at the National Zoo. His older brother and sister are already in China. His parents will remain in D.C., but they are probably past breeding age and it's unclear if China will send another breeding pair.
Zoo Director Steve Monfort believes this is just a temporary pause. :yes:
"We started 47 years ago with giant pandas. Our vision would be continuing working with the Chinese counterparts for another 50 years if we can," he said.

There are only about 1,800 pandas left in the wild. The hope is that Bei Bei will soon become a father and play his role in assuring that this vulnerable species never disappears.
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Post by queenie » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:18 pm

The Zoo will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, due to the departure of giant panda Bei Bei.
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Nov. 08, 2019
https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news ... esSnapshot: Bei Bei in Pictures
Giant panda Bei Bei knows how to work his angles! Check out some of our favorite snaps of this remarkably photogenic bear from the past four years.
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Nov. 08, 2019
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Bei Bei’s Most Memorable Moments at the Zoo
As we prepare to bid giant panda Bei Bei a fond farewell, we’re taking a look back at some favorite milestones and memorable moments from his time at the Zoo.
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A Day in the Life of a Giant Panda Keeper
Follow a day in the life of the Smithsonian's National Zoo's giant panda keepers as they care for Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Bei Bei.
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Bei Bei is heading to China on Nov. 19, 2019. You can watch live video of his departure on the Zoo's Facebook page. Tune in around 8:30 a.m. for full coverage!
(8:30 am eastern time) :bye 1: :wub: :cryhanky:

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Post by queenie » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:53 am

Bei Bei left the Zoo after 8:30 am in his crate, it had a window in it, so he could look out, and you could see him moving around in there, lots of photographers there, and Zoo Keepers brought the boo and snacks, etc. out first {maybe some favorite enrichment toys?} The 18 minute video is on National Zoo Facebook. All our best prayers for a safe trip and happy life for you, Bei, in China ~ & appreciation for your precious life with us this far, on cam & Zoo reporting. :rh: :pan:
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wonder if Daddy Tian Tian is noticing all the commotion this morning.
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🐼 🛬 Bei Bei has arrived safely in China. Our animal care team will go with Bei Bei to his new home and stay with him for a few days at the Bifengxia Panda Base. Thank you to transport provider FedEx and their crew! Thank you to all for supporting our panda team and for the outpouring of well wishes ❤️ for Bei Bei!
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Ferenz thank you for the gr8 news report :ty: ~ we will miss the wonderful Bei! :rh: & wish him a blessed life in lucky China!
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Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute · 6:41 Thank you to all for tuning in and joining us to say farewell! 🐼 Our team is grateful for your support. #ByeByeBeiBei

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Post by Ferenz » Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:24 am

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Bei Bei is settling in at his new home in China at the Bifengxia panda base. He did really well on the FedEx Panda Express and mostly ate and slept during the 16-hour trip. Laurie Thompson, assistant curator of giant pandas and Don Neiffer, chief veterinarian provided his in-flight snacks and made sure he had bamboo, water, apples, carrots, pears and sweet potatoes. A few times when they checked on him, he was sound asleep in his crate.

After the long transcontinental flight, the plane landed at the Chengdu airport. A team from the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda met Bei Bei, Laurie and Don at the airport. After unloading Bei Bei from the plane, everyone drove about 90 miles to the Bifengxia base where Bei Bei moved to his quarantine enclosures. All animals undergo a quarantine period after they move to a new home to ensure that they are healthy. Bei Bei has an indoor enclosure with a hammock and a yard that he can use while he is in quarantine. The yard is as large as the yard he had at the Zoo. He was a little overwhelmed by the new people and sounds at first, but he quickly adjusted to his new surroundings.

Last Thursday, the panda base had a welcome party for Bei Bei. After the party, Laurie had time to talk about Bei Bei with his new keeper. She showed her the training behaviors Bei Bei mastered during the past four years, including holding his arm out for a blood draw, lying down, presenting his paws and opening his mouth for a quick dental check. Afterwards, he trained with his new keeper and did all of the behaviors she asked for.

He seemed to really enjoy the many types of bamboo that grow around the base, especially the bamboo shoots. Bamboo shoots are tender parts of the bamboo and filled with water. All of the giant pandas love bamboo shoots, but where the Zoo is located in the United States they only grow in the spring. Now, Bei Bei will be able to eat bamboo shoots all year round. He also tried some new foods. On Friday, Bei Bei ate the panda bread that is made especially for the pandas living at the bases. And, he ate a carrot for his new keeper which was encouraging since he does not particularly like carrots.

He also has a little bit of home with him at Bifengxia. Laurie brought his red ball, which he likes to curl up and sleep with tucked between his arms.

Don also talked with the veterinary staff at the base to give them a medical history of Bei Bei and answered any questions they had about him.

On Friday afternoon, Laurie and Don departed the base and traveled back to Chengdu to prepare for their flight back to the United States. By the time they left the base, Bei Bei was spending time outside and seemed to be adjusting well.

Back at the Zoo, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian have been taking advantage of having access to all of the panda yards again. Mei Xiang went into Bei Bei’s old yard Tuesday morning for a slight change of scenery. Tian Tian had access to Mei Xiang’s yard and his yard, which he really enjoyed. He spent time climbing trees and scent-marking. Hopefully, there will be some snow this winter for them to play in.
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Pandas Frolicking in Winter
Jan. 14, 2020

The pandas like to romp in the colder weather

Mei Xiang and Tian Tian have been having some adventures around the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat! Keepers have been utilizing the extra space in the giant panda habitats to switch outdoor yards and indoor enclosures on a regular basis. This allows Mei and Tian a change of scenery by spending the day in a different area, but more importantly, it creates an extremely important enrichment opportunity, mirroring what wild giant pandas are doing this time of year.

From November through May, males are in rut and explore every inch of their territories, searching for a fertile female. During rut, males can become quite restless because of their endless searching and surging hormones. Tian Tian is no different and he has days when he can’t seem to settle, despite multiple feedings and enrichment opportunities. Although they are mostly solitary animals, giant pandas do communicate with other pandas through scent. Scent marks convey a lot of valuable information to and from panda neighbors. It communicates the sex, age and reproductive status of the panda who left it.

As Mei Xiang and Tian Tian explore different yards, they spend much of their time smelling each other’s scent marks and leaving some of their own. Indoors, they have been exploring Bei Bei’s former enclosure, and Tian has even decided to nap in the elevated hammock.

We were looking forward to the first measurable snowfall of the season and it finally arrived Jan. 7! Although Washington, D.C., got just under an inch of snow, it brought out the playful sides of both Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. The morning after the snowfall, they rolled down hills, climbed trees and dangled upside down out of the tree branches — just like they did in their younger years!
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Post by queenie » Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:39 pm

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:vid: https://youtu.be/AjNdesWkxAQ?t=14 1.05 minutes Mei Xiang's ultrasound video :grhug:
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Veterinarians Find Fetal Tissue on Giant Panda Ultrasound
Aug. 14, 2020 Veterinarians at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo detected tissue consistent with fetal development during giant panda Mei Xiang’s ultrasound this morning, Aug. 14.
Veterinarians at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo detected tissue consistent with fetal development during giant panda Mei Xiang’s (may-SHONG) ultrasound this morning, Aug. 14. It is too early to determine if the tissue is a completely viable developing fetus as there is the potential that the fetus could be resorbed. If the fetal tissue continues to develop, veterinarians estimate that Mei Xiang could give birth within the next few days. Veterinarians first detected fetal tissue last week, and they have since noted developing skeletal structure and strong blood flow within Mei Xiang’s uterus. If the fetal tissue resorbs, her hormones will return to baseline levels and her behavior will return to normal.
There is a substantial possibility that Mei Xiang could resorb or miscarry a fetus. Scientists do not fully understand why some mammals resorb fetuses.
“In the middle of a pandemic, this is a joyful moment we can all get excited about,” said Don Neiffer, chief veterinarian at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo who conducted the ultrasound. “We are optimistic that very shortly she may give birth to a healthy cub or cubs. We’re fortunate that Mei Xiang participated in the ultrasound allowing us to get sharp images and video. We’re watching her closely and welcome everyone to watch with us on the panda cams.”
Unlike humans, giant pandas experience a phenomenon referred to as delayed implantation. After fertilization, an embryo will not attach to the uterine wall until weeks or months later. It is not clear what causes the embryo to implant into the uterine wall. After implantation, the embryo grows exponentially. Veterinarians and the giant panda team have been conducting regular ultrasounds on Mei Xiang since July to track changes in her reproductive tract.
Reproductive scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Zoo veterinarians performed an artificial insemination on Mei Xiang March 22 with frozen semen collected from Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN). Mei Xiang turned 22 years old July 22. Tian Tian will turn 23 Aug. 27.
SCBI scientists confirmed that a secondary rise in Mei Xiang’s urinary progesterone levels began June 10. In late July, Mei Xiang exhibited behaviors consistent with pregnancy or pseudopregnancy. Now, she is sleeping more, eating less, nest-building and has been observed body licking. The panda team will continue to observe her closely.....cont. on link above
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Post by queenie » Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:25 pm

Another s'cap of Mei Xiang resting in her birthing den today 8/15/20
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Giant Panda Update: From Bamboo Shoots to Training Chutes ~ Jul. 20, 2020

This update was written by Laurie Thompson, assistant curator of giant pandas.
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Tian Tian has been very playful lately! He seems to enjoy playing chase with keepers in the chutes situated between his indoor enclosure and outdoor habitat. We remember how his son Bei Bei used to do this as well, and it brings up many fond memories for us.
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Since Mei Xiang’s artificial insemination ~ March 22, we have been keeping a close eye on her. Now that we are in the potential birthing window—three to six months following insemination—the panda team is on the lookout for signs that she is nearing the end of either a pregnancy or pseudopregnancy. A pseudopregnancy occurs when Mei Xiang’s hormones and behavior mimic a pregnancy even if she is not actually pregnant.
Keepers have noticed very slight changes in Mei Xiang’s behavior. In mid-June, our colleagues at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology
Institute’s endocrine lab analyzed the hormones in her urine and detected a rise of progestogens. While this could indicate the possibility of implantation, it does not confirm a true pregnancy since giant panda females can have pseudopregnancies. Behaviorally, around this time Mei Xiang began bringing bamboo into her den and constructing a small nest.
As Mei Xiang nears the end of her pregnancy or pseudopregnancy, we would expect to see her spend much more time nest-building and resting in her den. She might also lose interest in food. Lately, she has been spending time outside and continues to have a hearty appetite. Other behaviors, such as cradling objects and reacting to noise or medical procedures, can also indicate we are nearing the end of the window, but Mei Xiang has not demonstrated these behaviors.
To track Mei Xiang’s pregnancy or pseudopregnancy, we conduct weekly ultrasounds in the training chute to examine her uterus for any signs of a cub. During her most recent procedure, our veterinary team did not see evidence of a fetus. Although they noted some changes to her uterus, it does not appear to be developing further. As long as Mei Xiang chooses to participate, we will continue to monitor her via ultrasound.
Since her appetite has not decreased, we reward her ultrasound participation by offering her chunks of carrot and apple, which are part of her normal diet, or we may offer honey water—a super special treat—as an added incentive to participate. Once the procedure is over, Mei Xiang scent-anoints by rubbing the ultrasound gel all over herself. We always get a kick out of it!
When the Smithsonian’s National Zoo reopens July 24, the Panda House will remain closed to provide Mei Xiang with a quiet place to rest. Many other indoor exhibits will also be closed in alignment with our COVID-19 safety precautions. Visitors will be able to view Mei Xiang and Tian Tian in their outdoor yards from the upper viewing along Asia Trail. If you are planning to see the giant pandas, we suggest reserving your timed entry passes early in the morning, as that will be when they are most active. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Zoo!
This story appears in the July 2020 Giant Panda Bulletin. Miss Mei Xiang and Tian Tian? Check them out on the Panda Cam!
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Post by queenie » Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:49 pm

:vid: 39 seconds VIDEO @ Youtube or National Zoo below >

https://youtu.be/59GyEvCUQM8 = at youtube
How does our animal care team prepare for a giant panda cub? Keepers converted their office into a nursery! The team is ready to step in and help Mei Xiang, if need be. They report that she is spending more time in her den—a good sign that she may give birth in the coming days. Watch along with us via the Panda Cam!
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Preparing for a Giant Panda Cub at Smithsonian's National Zoo
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Today in Mei Xiang's Birthing Den
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Post by queenie » Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:41 pm

We have a new Cubby :rh: :pan: :grhug: Congratulations Mei Xiang & Zoo
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Giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) gave birth to a cub at Smithsonian’s National Zoo today, Aug. 21.
Animal care staff witnessed the birth at 6:35 p.m. Mei Xiang picked the cub up immediately and began cradling and caring for it. The panda team heard the cub vocalize and glimpsed the cub for the first time briefly immediately after the birth. They are monitoring Mei Xiang and her cub via the Zoo’s panda cams. A neonatal exam will be performed when keepers are able to retrieve the cub, which may take a few days. The sex of the cub will not be determined until a later date.
“Giant pandas are an international symbol of endangered wildlife and hope, and with the birth of this precious cub we are thrilled to offer the world a much-needed moment of pure joy,” said Steve Monfort, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. “Because Mei Xiang is of advanced maternal age, we knew the chances of her having a cub were slim. However, we wanted to give her one more opportunity to contribute to her species’ survival. I am incredibly proud of our animal care and science teams, whose expertise in giant panda behavior was critical to this conservation success.”
Zoo veterinarians confirmed evidence of a fetus on an ultrasound Aug. 14 and Aug. 17. During the procedures, they saw clear images of a developing skeletal structure and strong blood flow within Mei Xiang’s uterus. It was a significant opportunity as Mei Xiang usually chooses not to participate in ultrasounds in the final weeks of her pregnancies and pseudopregnancies.
Female giant pandas are only in estrus, or able to become pregnant, for 24 to 72 hours each year. To determine the optimal time for artificial insemination, the Zoo’s expert team of panda keepers and a behavioral scientist closely watched Mei Xiang’s behavior, which is the best indicator, in addition to hormone analysis, that she has ovulated. These behaviors include an increase in positive
vocalizations like bleats and chirps and walking backward with her tail up. Historically this behavior has tracked with peak estrogen and progesterone rise.
Reproductive scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Zoo veterinarians performed an artificial insemination on Mei Xiang March 22 with frozen semen collected from Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN). Mei Xiang turned 22 years old July 22. She is the oldest giant panda in the United States and the second oldest documented in the world to give birth. This is also the first time a Zoo in the United States has experienced a successful pregnancy and birth via artificial insemination using only frozen semen. Based on data from scientists in China and other zoos with pandas, females can breed into their early 20s. Tian Tian will turn 23 Aug. 27.
In late July, Mei Xiang exhibited behaviors consistent with pregnancy or pseudopregnancy. SCBI scientists confirmed that a secondary rise in Mei Xiang’s urinary progesterone levels began June 10. In the days leading up to parturition, Mei Xiang was sleeping more, eating less, nest-building and body licking.
The panda house at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat is currently closed to provide quiet for Mei Xiang and her cub. The panda team started a 24-hour-a-day behavior watch on the panda cams Aug. 14. As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has updated its hours and entry requirements.
Mei Xiang has given birth to three surviving cubs: Tai Shan (tie-SHON), Bao Bao (BOW BOW) and Bei Bei (BAY BAY). Tai Shan was born July 9, 2005, and moved to China February 2010. Bao Bao was born Aug. 23, 2013, and moved to China in February 2017. Bei Bei was born Aug. 22, 2015, and moved to China in November 2019. As part of the Zoo’s cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all cubs born at the Zoo move to China when they are 4 years old. The Zoo’s current cooperative breeding agreement expires in December 2020.
The Zoo will continue to provide updates on Mei Xiang and her cub through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PandaStory, and the Giant Panda e-newsletter.
:vid: 1.02 minutes you can hear cubby https://youtu.be/iADlxpFsdQY?t=19 & a peeks starting at about 37 seconds!!!! Gives Birth!!!
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Post by JudyB » Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:12 pm

So happy to hear that there's a new very tiny giant panda in the world - thank you, queenie!

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Congrats

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Post by queenie » Sun Aug 23, 2020 10:09 pm

Hi Judy & Ferenz ~ They are doing gr8 so fascinating, feisty and a strong voice on the little one, see today's video
8/23 > :vid: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news ... -cub-day-2 ~31 seconds @ Nat'l Zoo or #PandaStory: Cub Day 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVej4HF ... mb_rel_end ~54 seconds @ youtube g.
Via the Panda Cam, the team watches Mei Xiang nurse her cub while sitting at the back of the den—often with her knee propped up on the wall—and sleep with it tucked in between her arms. :huggie: :rh:
Mei Xiang and her newborn are getting into a good routine. Assistant curator Laurie Thompson observed that Mei Xiang seems to be able to get more rest with this cub. In previous years, Bao Bao and BeiSince birth, the cub has been vocalizing regularly with grunts and squeals. As time goes on, keepers are seeing more glimpses of it as Mei Xiang changes position. From what the team has observed so far, it appears to be strong and healthy! On behalf of the panda team and all of us at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, thank you for your well wishes and support.
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Post by queenie » Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:04 pm

Don’t forget to tune in to the Panda Cam around 9:30 a.m. tomorrow to watch father Tian Tian celebrate another revolution around the sun! He turns 23 years old Aug. 27 :cake: and will receive a panda-friendly fruitsicle cake and enrichment boxes filled with his favorite treats.
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#PandaStory: Cub Day 5
Aug. 26, 2020
This update was written by Michael Brown-Palsgrove, curator of Asia Trail.
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Giant panda Mei Xiang continues to exhibit excellent maternal care and is attentive to her cub. Regular, loud cub vocalizations are signs of good health and music to the panda team’s ears! Last night around 5:40 p.m., Mei Xiang placed the cub on the floor of her den for just a few seconds, giving all of those watching the Panda Cam a fantastic view of her growing cub. It let out a few hearty squeals, and Mei Xiang immediately picked the cub up, cradled it and gave a few comforting licks.
While it’s always fascinating to follow a cub’s development, I was struck by how its tail has filled out and thickened since birth. A newborn panda weighs about 3 to 5 ounces at birth and measures about 5 to 6 inches in length. As assistant curator Laurie Thompson mentioned in a previous update, we should begin to see its black markings appear in the next few days.
Don’t forget to tune in to the Panda Cam around 9:30 a.m. tomorrow to watch father Tian Tian celebrate another revolution around the sun! He turns 23 years old Aug. 27 and will receive a panda-friendly fruitsicle cake and enrichment boxes filled with his favorite treats.
This story appears in the Aug. 26 issue of the Giant Panda Bulletin. Got a question about newborn panda care? Check out our Giant Panda Cub FAQ.
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#PandaStory: Cub Day 4
Aug. 25, 2020
This update was written by Laurie Thompson, assistant curator of giant pandas.
Giant panda Mei Xiang and her newborn cub continue to do well. As Mei Xiang shifts from a resting position (laying down) to a nursing position (sitting up) and vice-versa, she occasionally holds the cub delicately in her mouth.
This morning around 7 a.m., she placed the cub on the floor of the den briefly. Over the next several days, we expect to see Mei Xiang “test” the cub’s tolerance to resting on the floor. Eventually, she will briefly leave the den to get a drink of water and urinate. If the cub vocalizes, Mei Xiang will quickly return to care for it.
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#PandaStory: Cub Day 3
Aug. 24, 2020
This update was written by Laurie Thompson, assistant curator of giant pandas.
Mei Xiang, our 22-year-old giant panda, continues to be a devoted mother. Our newborn cub has little fur and cannot regulate its own body temperature, so Mei Xiang cradles the cub to keep it warm. Interestingly, she has found a new position for holding this cub. Previously, Mei Xiang kept her cubs tucked under her arm. This time, however, she lays on her side with the cub between her forearms. This position also allows for quick access when mom needs to calm it with a lick!
Mei Xiang is able to get much more rest in this position. Our team is so excited when we see glimpses of the cub. Just like all of you, we are closely monitoring mom and cub via the Panda Cam. We’re keeping an eye out for the cub’s black markings, which become visible after it turns 1 week old.
We so appreciate your continued well wishes and support as we watch the bond between Mei Xiang and her newest cub grow!
This story appears in the Aug. 24 issue of the Giant Panda Bulletin.
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Cub Day 6
Aug. 27, 2020
This update was written by Laurie Thompson, assistant curator of giant pandas.
Big news! Last night, our Panda Team observed giant panda Mei Xiang approach the doorway of her den several times, “testing” her cub’s reaction to being placed on the floor. Then, early this morning, she twice left the den to get a drink of water — once at 4:27 a.m. and once at 5:59 a.m. Each time, she only spent about one minute away. Her brief reprieve offered Panda Cam viewers a great look at the growing cub! Upon her return, Mei Xiang immediately picked up her cub and cradled it.
Newborn giant pandas rely on their mothers for warmth, since they have little fur and cannot regulate their own body temperature. During the first few days of a cub’s life, a mother panda forgoes eating and drinking to stay with her offspring. Now that Mei Xiang has started leaving her den to drink, this is a positive sign that the cub can stay warm on its own for short periods.
Over the next few days, we expect Mei Xiang will gradually spend more time away from the den. Eventually, she will feel comfortable leaving the cub for a few minutes while she eats bamboo in her indoor habitat. At that point, the Panda Team will conduct a quick exam of the cub. Mei Xiang’s behavior will dictate how much time keepers have with the cub, but we hope to do a quick check of its body parts, obtain its weight and measurements, and take a cheek swab, which will allow us to analyze the cub’s DNA and determine its sex.
This story appears in the Aug. 27 issue of the Giant Panda Bulletin.
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Father Tian Tian celebrates another Birthday! He turns 23 years old today, Aug. 27~Happy Birthday Tian Tian!
q. and your new cubbie is left alone in video above and is trying to thrust forward after Mommie Mei and calling her back up on her front legs, so that it flips over & back a couple times :woohoo:
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Post by JudyB » Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:41 pm

What a wonderful very tiny panda! Thank you so much for bringing the updates here, queenie! :love:

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Post by queenie » Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:57 pm

Hi Judy & :ty: for watching, It is amazing and when Mei leaves it long enough they said they would swab it's cheek and find it's gender. I am amazed how at 6 days the way it tried to thrust itself forward, and then flipped over and back right-side up so quickly, and got turned around and tried to thrust off the wrong way {not the way Mei went} also how it stays up on it's front legs, head up to vocalize so long. When I've watched it, it vocalizes to be nursed when Mei can't get in the position she wants to nurse fast enough, and then when she does & it starts nursing, it gets silent so not hurting or anything, thank goodness. :huggie:
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Post by queenie » Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:37 pm

Giant panda Mei Xiang with her newborn cub. Mei Xiang gave[size=130] birth[/size] to the cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Aug. 21. Animal care staff witnessed the birth at 6:35 p.m.

A better video than the one I put on the 21st of the birth, because this has the actual/or part of the labor :ohmy: Scroll down past the 1st photo and to the 3rd / last video on the page
:vid: 1.18 min. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/news/giant-p ... onal-zoo-0
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:vid: 2.04 min. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news ... -cub-day-7 ~ Cubbie :hug:
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#PandaStory: Cub Day 7
Aug. 28, 2020
This update was written by giant panda keeper Marty Dearie.
Last night around 5:40 p.m., giant panda Mei Xiang left her cub to drink some water. Once again, her brief departure gave us a good look at the week-old newborn on the Panda Cam. We were encouraged to see the cub holding up its head and using its legs to lift its body off the floor slightly. These are all good signs, and Mei Xiang’s cub seems strong.
The bigger the cub gets, the more distinct its markings get. If you look closely, you can very clearly see black eye patches starting to come in. Less obvious—but still visible—are the black leg patches and saddle (the black marking on a panda's back). Over the next few days, pay close attention to its ears, which will also turn that iconic panda hue!
This story appears in the Aug. 28 issue of the Giant Panda Bulletin.
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Our giant panda cub is growing! As our newborn packs on the grams, it is becoming a bit easier to spot on the Panda Cam. Now that the cub’s markings have come in, we have a few weeks to go before the next big milestone. Generally, newborn giant pandas open their eyes between 6 and 8 weeks of age. We can see that its eyes are still sealed when we zoom in with the Panda Cam. Many viewers have noticed that the cub’s tail appears smaller as it grows. At birth, a giant panda’s tail measures about 5 centimeters in length—roughly a quarter of its body size. In time, cubs grow into their tails. Over the next few weeks, we will also see our cub’s fur transform from soft and wispy to wooly and thick.
The cub is acclimating to its surroundings well and does not protest as much when Mei Xiang places it on the floor of the den. When the cub was just 5 days old, it let out some hearty squeals! Now, it mostly makes a grunting vocalization, which is normal for a giant panda cub at this age.
As we mentioned in our previous update, the Panda Team is beginning to see Mei Xiang’s appetite return. Mei Xiang always has access to several stalks of bamboo both inside her den and just outside in her large enclosure. She sampled some sugar cane Sept. 2 and started consuming bamboo Sept. 5, when the cub was 15 days old. This timing is consistent with all three of her past cubs, female Bao Bao and males Tai Shan and Bei Bei.
Twice daily, our team enters the keeper area of Mei Xiang’s den to offer her something to eat and drink. (A safety barrier keeps the human and animal spaces separated.) When they do so, the Panda Cam is temporarily switched to our adult male, Tian Tian. Mei Xiang drinks up to 30 ounces of apple juice diluted with water daily. Monday, Sept. 7, was the first day she showed interest in leafeater biscuits. She munched on a few, along with bamboo. Today, she ate some pear. Mei Xiang remains very focused on caring for her cub, and we continue to be encouraged by the be haviors we see.

2 videos on Cub Day 19 #1=59 seconds & #2=22 seconds on this link at the Zoo
:vid: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news ... b-day-19
= cubby on floor moving around by itself & then cuddling/& watching Mama eat and drink through the bars
OR at Youtube >
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#1 = 59 seconds or on youtube> :vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJBqN08 ... e=youtu.be
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and #2 = 22 seconds :vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXs52SsNWyQ
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Re: Giant Pandas at the National Zoo ~ Bei Bei and Family

Post by queenie » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:40 pm

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/latest-panda-news < link to find more updates~or links below at end of this post*
:vid: https://youtu.be/N7ZKo4WGcVA youtube 44 seconds ~
@ zoo https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news ... cub-day-24 {scroll down page}
#PandaStory: Cub Day 24
Sep. 14, 2020
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This update was written by Michael Brown-Palsgrove, curator of Asia Trail, Laurie Thompson, assistant curator of giant pandas and Marty Dearie, animal keeper.
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Keepers performed a quick exam on the giant panda cub Sept. 13. It appears to be healthy and strong!

Exciting news! When giant panda Mei Xiang left the den yesterday to eat some bamboo, the panda team was able to retrieve her 3-week-old cub for its first neonatal exam.
During the quick checkup, keepers weighed the active and responsive newborn. It tips the scales at 634.8 grams—just under 1.5 pounds! We are encouraged to see that our young panda appears to be healthy and vibrant.
At a glance, the cub’s wispy fur is growing in nicely. Its bright, pink skin still shows in spots on its muzzle, the top of its head, upper back and tail. In another few weeks, its eyes and ear canals will begin to open.
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Keeper Marty Dearie holds the Smithsonian's National Zoo's 3-week-old giant panda cub.

This time around, Mei Xiang only left the den for a few moments, and the team did not want to upset her by handling the cub longer than necessary. When Mei Xiang routinely leaves the den for longer periods of time, opportunities to perform more thorough health checks will arise. During a typical cub exam, the panda team charts the cub’s growth by obtaining its weight and measurements. In the near future, the Zoo’s veterinary team will join us to perform a full medical exam on the cub.
We also hope to take a cheek swab soon, which will enable our Center for Conservation Genomics scientists to confirm the cub’s sex via DNA analysis. Outwardly, cubs appear similar at birth, so this is the most accurate way to determine whether we have a male or female.
Earlier today, Mei Xiang left the den twice to eat. The first time, she snacked on some leaf eater biscuits, one of her favorite treats. Later, she stepped out to eat some bamboo, then returned to the den to care for her cub.
Some Panda Cam viewers have noticed that Mei Xiang and her cub have had some rodent visitors occasionally running through the den. As the seasons change and the weather becomes colder, the Giant Panda building—a secure, dry area protected from the elements—becomes an attractive place for opportunistic pests to seek shelter. The food that our giant pandas eat also attracts rodents.
We have a team of pest management specialists who work with keepers to reduce and control our visiting rodent population throughout the Zoo. For the safety of the animals in our collection, we do not use pesticides or traps in the bears’ enclosures. Fortunately, Mei Xiang is a 200-pound bear with strong instincts to protect her cub. No rodent—however clever or cunning—poses a serious threat to either of them.
This story appears in the Sept. 14 issue of the Giant Panda Bulletin. Planning a visit to the Zoo? Please note that Asia Trail, including giant panda viewing, will be closed beginning today, Sept. 14, for repaving.
* https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/latest-panda-news
Updates & :vid: Gives Birth,2,3,4,5,6,7,19 & 24 in my earlier/previous posts ^
:vid: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news ... cub-day-10 22 seconds
:vid: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news ... cub-day-13 58 seconds hear & see cubby
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Re: Giant Pandas at the National Zoo ~ Bei Bei and Family

Post by queenie » Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:23 pm

In the update above Mei Xiang left cubby long enough to check out some things about it. When Mama is comfortable enough to leave longer, etc. they say they will take a cheek swab to determine sex, and the following article explains why it won't be named until 100 days old. :luck: For the record, Po turned out to not be a male {article below} and now has twin cubbies herself. :rh: :pan: :pan:
Ancient Panda Custom: Why Zoos Wait 100 Days to Name Baby Pandas
By Clara Moskowitz February 16, 2011
https://www.livescience.com/12874-baby- ... ition.html
The cute-baby-animal-loving sector of the Internet can finally exhale. The baby panda at Zoo Atlanta finally has a name.
The little male cub was born Nov. 3, 2010, but per Chinese tradition did not receive his name – Po, after Jack Black's character in the "Kung Fu Panda" films – until this morning.
Human babies in China traditionally wait 100 days to receive their names, and American zoos have continued the custom for their fuzzy Chinese guests. All pandas around the world, including those born aboard, technically belong to China and are merely on loan to foreign zoos.
The 100-day naming tradition began as a way to mark when a fragile human infant had grown to a point where it was likely to survive, said Rebecca Snyder, the curator of mammals at Zoo Atlanta. That philosophy applies to pandas, too.
Baby pandas are notoriously vulnerable – they are small, weak and blind, catch infection easily, and are entirely dependent on their mothers for survival.
Despite the emotional risks, the lack of a name for Zoo Atlanta's cub has not prevented many panda fans from getting attached. One look at his adorable baby photos and most panda lovers are hooked.
This article was provided by Life’s Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience.com.
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