National Zoo Panda Not Pregnant

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff

Posted May 20, 2009 11:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Giant panda Mei Xiang, whose first cub became an international superstar, is not pregnant, National Zoo officials said today. The panda, who was artificially inseminated in January, experienced her third false pregnancy in as many years, the Washington Post reports. Four-year-old Tai Shan, Mei Xiang's only cub to survive infancy, is scheduled to be handed over to the Chinese government later this year.

Giant pandas Tian Tian, front, and Mei Xiang wrestle and play in the snow, Dec. 6, 2007, at the zoo in Washington.
Giant pandas Tian Tian, front, and Mei Xiang wrestle and play in the snow, Dec. 6, 2007, at the zoo in Washington.   (AP Photo)
National Zoo panda Mei Xiang sleeps in the shade of her pen in this 2007 photo. Officials at the National Zoo in Washington said today Mei Xiang is not pregnant.
National Zoo panda Mei Xiang sleeps in the shade of her pen in this 2007 photo. Officials at the National Zoo in Washington said today Mei Xiang is not pregnant.   (AP Photo)
Tian Tian and Mei Xiang in their enclosure at the National Zoo in Washington, April 24, 2007. Mei Xiang isn't pregnant, zoo officials announced today.
Tian Tian and Mei Xiang in their enclosure at the National Zoo in Washington, April 24, 2007. Mei Xiang isn't pregnant, zoo officials announced today.   (AP Photo)
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