Posts Tagged ‘Mei Xiang’

The Needle: Ride Round and Round

YOLO: This Virginia man successfully (?) hit all 86 Metro stations on his day off, a mission that took him 19 hours and cost $70. +1
Pigskins Predictions: Sports Illustrated's Peter King believes the Washington football team will have a new name by 2016. +3

What’s in a Panda’s Name? You Can Decide!

In the latest chapter of U.S.-China panda diplomacy, the People's Republic seems to have stomached some limited democracy: You can now vote online to determine the name of the National Zoo's beloved baby panda, which is on loan from the Chinese.
The girl cub was born Aug. 23, and following Chinese tradition, she will be given her [...]

Panda Cam: An Empirical Investigation

For a camera that just watches cute bears going about their everyday lives in human-constructed confines, the Panda Cam gets a lot of hype. The New York Times, the Guardian, and the Washington Post were just a few of the publications that chronicled the camera's shutdown demise and post-shutdown revival. (Yeah, we're guilty, too.)
But do people actually watch [...]

Baby Panda Will Survive Government Shutdown, Fate of Panda Cam Unknown

If the federal government shuts down in just a week's time, D.C. could very well end up festering in its own trash. Numerous city and federal agencies would close; so would libraries and recreation centers.
But what about the new baby panda at the National Zoo? What will happen to her?
While the National Zoo would be closed [...]

Panda Cub’s Daddy and Sex Revealed

The two-week old cub is officially a female and her panda daddy is none other than Tian Tian.
Scientists at the National Zoo revealed the results of both the sex and paternity tests Thursday morning.
The cub's mother, Mei Xiang, underwent artificial insemination twice on March 30 after attempts to have her mate naturally with Tian Tian [...]

Video: National Zoo Panda Snuggling With Her Cub

At six days old, it looks more like a naked mole rat than a baby panda, but here's a video from the National Zoo of the cub and its giant panda mom, Mei Xiang, doing cute panda things together.

The Needle: Viet-Noms

Torched Olympics: A nonprofit is pushing to get D.C. to host the 2024 Olympics, but there's so many reasons why that's a bad idea. -5
Viet-Noms: Doi Moi, inspired by the street food of Thailand and Vietnam, opens today on 14th Street NW. +1

National Zoo’s Panda Gives Birth to Second, Stillborn Cub

The newest mother at the National Zoo, Mei Xiang, gave birth to a second, stillborn panda cub Saturday at 7:29 p.m.
The panda delivered a healthy cub early Friday evening, and the Zoo reports that the first cub "continues to do well."
Zookeepers Saturday evening watched Mei on its live panda cam grooming the stillborn cub for 17 [...]

National Zoo Panda Could Need a Paternity Test

If all goes according to plan, male National Zoo panda Tian Tian could soon be hearing the panda equivalent of Maury Povich's "You are not the father." That's because Saturday's insemination of female panda Mei Xiang involved the semen from not one but two potential panda papas.
While the first instance of insemination featured both frozen [...]

Cause of Baby Panda’s Death to Be Revealed Tomorrow

The mysterious ailment that killed the National Zoo's new baby panda last month will be revealed tomorrow, according to the zoo.
The six-day-old cub's cause of death has so far been unclear to the public. A lack of outward physical trauma ruled out an accidental crushing death from panda mother Mei Xiang. While the female panda [...]

Baby Panda Necropsy Results Could Be Released Next Week

After the National Zoo's 6-day-old baby panda cub died last month, the zoo said it would take two weeks for a pathology investigation to figure out what killed the cub. Now, the zoo says that the necropsy has been running on schedule, and the results could be released next week.
The results of the necropsy could [...]

Cause of Baby Panda’s Death Still Unknown

The National Zoo still doesn't know why a 6-day-old panda cub died at the zoo yesterday, officials said at a press conference this morning.
While the panda, who was determined during the necropsy to be female, had extra fluid in its body and an abnormal liver, it's not clear yet whether either issue was responsible for [...]

No Plan Yet for Future Cubs After Baby Panda’s Death

The National Zoo won't release pictures of the panda cub that died this morning, but according to chief veterinarian Suzan Kelly, the panda looked healthy.
"The cub looked just fabulous," Murray said at a press conference this afternoon with Dennis Kelly, the zoo's director. Murray and Kelly kept returning to two themes: how beautiful the panda [...]

National Zoo: Baby Panda Died This Morning

Update, 2:34 p.m: Zoo officials have provided more information about the panda's death, including when it made its last noises and the future of the panda program at the zoo.

The panda cub born last week at the National Zoo died this morning at less than seven days old, according to a press release from the [...]

Today’s Panda Ultrasound: The Tick Tock

Have the National Zoo's hapless pandas finally—with massive scientific intervention—made another baby panda? After an ultrasound this morning, the answer is still maybe. Or maybe not!
"There is definite uterine enlargement as we would expect to see with pregnancy" tweets the National Zoo, "or pseudo pregnancy."
Drat! But just telling you that Mei Xiang could still be [...]