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Long Awaited Panda Cub Born in Taiwan

Female born to Yuan Yuan, a gift from China

(Newser) - A onetime gift from China to Taiwan is multiplying: Yuan Yuan , a 9-year-old female giant panda, gave birth to a female cub last night, reports the Global Times . She had been artificially inseminated in March, the seventh time in three years, and the unnamed female cub is her first. Beijing... More »

China-Japan Relations Strained By ...Dead Panda?

Japan over-anesthesized China's male days after fishing boat incident

(Newser) - The death of a panda is worsening already-strained diplomatic relations between China and Japan. China loaned Xing Xing, a 14-year-old male, to a Japanese zoo, and he died last week after being anesthetized so zoo workers could collect his sperm for use in artificial insemination. Chinese officials believe the animal... More »

Tai Shan Turns 4

(Newser) - Tai Shan, the giant panda who captivated the world as a cub, turned 4 today and celebrated with a huge birthday cake only an animal could love. The three-tiered concoction was a frozen medley of water, beet juice, shredded beets, and bamboo, WTOP reports. Tai Shan, who is now considered... More »

China Dispatches Furry Ambassadors to Taiwan

Bears names—Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan—spell "reunification"

(Newser) - China is sending a pair of pandas to Taiwan today, a peace offering that’s been in the making for 4 years, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The nations, not known for being warm or cuddly toward each other, appear to be making amends. Last week, after a 60-year stalemate,... More »

Japan Balks at $1M Panda Price Tag

Tokyo may reject Chinese offer

(Newser) - Hu Jintao is making the first visit to Japan by a Chinese president in 10 years, and he's looking to solidify the newly amicable relationship with an offering of two giant pandas. But the rare animals aren't a gift, exactly: they're a loan, and they come at a yearly cost... More »

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