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World's Oldest Captive Panda Has Died

Jia Jia was 38, thought to be oldest ever held in captivity

(Newser) - A Hong Kong theme park says the world's oldest-ever panda in captivity has been euthanized because her health was deteriorating, reports the AP . Ocean Park says a veterinarian euthanized 38-year-old Jia Jia on Sunday to prevent further suffering and for ethical reasons. Guinness World Records recognized Jia Jia as... More »

Pandas Now Off the Endangered List

They're now listed as 'vulnerable,' WWF says

(Newser) - The animal on the World Wildlife Fund 's logo now represents a rare and very welcome environmental success story. The group says the giant panda has been bumped down a notch in the Red List of Threatened Species and is now classed as "vulnerable" instead of "endangered,... More »

Study Shows Why Giant Pandas Need Tinder

Mutual attraction drastically increases the likelihood of panda babies

(Newser) - The scientist who invents a Tinder for giant pandas may just single-handedly save the endangered species. A study published Tuesday in Nature Communications found that pandas are much more likely to successfully mate when they're attracted to each other. It seems like an obvious conclusion, and that's why... More »

National Zoo's Baby Panda Is No Shrinking Violet

Bei Bei is performing well ahead of his public debut

(Newser) - If the youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is stressed out about appearing in front of crowds for the first time, he isn't showing it. Keepers were expecting Bei Bei to squawk and squirm during an audience with a small media contingent Monday. Instead, he quickly fell... More »

We Now Know the Panda Cub's Gender

Surviving panda twin is a male: National Zoo

(Newser) - The National Zoo's panda parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, have a son. The zoo announced this morning that the surviving panda cub is male and the son of the zoo's male panda, Tian Tian. Mei Xiang gave birth to fraternal twins Saturday, but the smaller cub—also... More »

Panda Mom Is Ignoring One of Her New Cubs

Smaller cub in care of vets is having digestive issues

(Newser) - Workers at the National Zoo are continuing to care for one panda cub while the other is safely in the care of its mother—but it appears Mei Xiang has decided she is "not a willing participant" in the zoo's swapping program , reports Smithsonian . Since the twin cubs'... More »

National Zoo's Giant Panda Gives Birth

Mei Xiang is a mom again

(Newser) - Great news out of the National Zoo in Washington this afternoon: The giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth at 5:34pm, the zoo announced via tweet . No word yet on the gender. The Washington Post notes that Mei Xiang has given birth to four other cubs since 2005, two of... More »

Inside the Insanely Tricky Process of Breeding Pandas

Cross your fingers: a panda cub could be on the way

(Newser) - Congratulations are in order for the National Zoo's female giant panda—or so veterinarians hope based on an ultrasound yesterday: Mei Xiang is presumably pregnant. Experts are cautious as the 1.5-inch-long fetus could still be reabsorbed or the panda could miscarry. Research vet Pierre Comizzoli says the ultrasound... More »

Evolution Has Seriously Failed Giant Pandas

Gut bacteria reveals they were designed to eat meat, not bamboo

(Newser) - Pandas have been munching on bamboo for 7 million years and exclusively for 2 million years, so it was a big surprise when researchers analyzed 121 fecal samples from 45 giant pandas and found gut bacteria not at all designed to process the animals' food of choice. Though pandas developed... More »

Police in China Nab 10 in Killing of Giant Panda

Raid on home turns up panda meat and pelts

(Newser) - There is now one less giant panda in the world. China Central Television reports that police have arrested 10 people suspected in the killing and dismemberment of a protected wild panda, including two brothers said to have been the ones who actually killed the animal. Acting on a tip, police... More »

Even Giant Pandas Need Dental Work

Bai Yun's chipped lower canine was repaired on Wednesday

(Newser) - One of the most reproductively successful pandas in captivity is no longer stuck with a chipped tooth. On Wednesday, the San Diego Zoo's giant female panda Bai Yun underwent a procedure to fix a chipped lower canine tooth that could have seriously cut down her bamboo consumption, the Los ... More »

Panda Faked Pregnancy for Extra Bamboo

Research center calls off birth broadcast

(Newser) - A panda research center in China called off what would have been the first-ever live broadcast of a panda birth after determining that panda Ai Hin wasn't pregnant—just crafty. Pregnant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding get special treatment, and while "phantom pregnancies"... More »

Nixon Worried Pandas Didn't Know How to Have Sex

'The only way they learn is to watch other pandas mate'

(Newser) - It's more than a little disturbing that America's least sexy president spent a nanosecond thinking about panda sex—but a recorded conversation reveals none other than Richard Nixon telling Washington Star foreign editor Crosby Noyes that, "They don't know how to mate." The recording comes... More »

Panda News at National Zoo: 'We Have a Cub!'

Mei Xiang gives birth to a female

(Newser) - A giant panda at Washington's National Zoo has given birth to her third cub, a female. Mei Xiang gave birth late this afternoon, two hours after her water broke. Zoo officials said its panda team heard the cub vocalize and said Mei Xiang picked the cub up immediately and... More »

Baby Panda, Meet Your Mom

Yuan Yuan gets acquainted with Yuan Zai for first time

(Newser) - Having a rough day? Allow little Yuan Zai to help. A video from the Taipei Zoo shows the panda cub being reunited with mom Yuan Yuan for the first time since his birth on July 7, reports . The Huffington Post has more photos. (The UK is on... More »

UK on Another Baby Watch

This time it's a panda, and it would return to China

(Newser) - UK newspapers are filled with headlines of another high-profile pregnancy , or at least a suspected pregnancy. This time it's Tian Tian, a giant panda at the Edinburgh Zoo, reports the Scotsman . Tian Tian seems like she's pregnant—her hormone levels have changed, and she's showing signs of... More »

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 Welcomes 2013's 1st Panda Cubs

Twins born to Haizi

(Newser) - China has two little bundles of giant panda joy on the ground, twin cubs who were born yesterday to Haizi at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan province. One cub is female, notes the AP , and weighs in at a not-so-hefty 2.79 ounces.... More »

Superbug Weapon: Panda Blood?

And, good news, scientists can produce synthetic version

(Newser) - Our latest weapon in the battle against superbugs comes from ... giant pandas? Apparently. Scientists have discovered a potent antibiotic called cathelicidin-AM in the animal's blood. It's released by immune cells there, and Chinese researchers now think it could be used to develop treatments for human diseases—including drug-resistant... More »

Liver Problem Killed Baby Panda: Zoo

Mother Mei Xiang reportedly improving

(Newser) - A National Zoo veterinarian says a liver problem was indeed to blame for the death last month of a 6-day-old giant panda cub. Chief veterinarian Suzan Murray told a news conference today that the cub's cause of death was liver necrosis, or the death of liver cells. Murray says... More »

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