Posts Tagged ‘Mei Xiang’

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 [...]

Harsh Words for Bad Panda Lovers

Like Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, National Zoo pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are a famous couple that just won't have sex, no matter how much—in this case, a $4.5 million panda reproduction fund—depends on it.
But now comes the new that hormones in Mei Xiang's urine suggest that she's pregnant, though Washington's been misled [...]

The Needle: Burglar Bowels Edition

Leave Only Footprints: There's no telling what a burglar will do when he or she breaks into an unattended house—rummage around, take valuables, use the bathroom. That was the modus operandi of whoever broke into a home in Vienna last week. The owners came home to find the doors unlocked, nothing taken, and some shit [...]

The Needle: Pregnant Panda Edition

Winter Storm Washed: The first time snow was forecast for D.C. after Vince Gray was sworn in as mayor, it missed the city. The District's luck changed last week, but now it looks like the Gray administration's snow plan—don't let it snow—is working again, as an ice storm that was originally projected for the region [...]

The Needle: Panda Power Edition

Pandas Stay Put: People think of the District as a transient place, but the dirty little secret of most people who move here for work is that once they arrive, they find they kind of like it. And they stick around (just ask former Sen. Byron Dorgan, who recently signed up with a D.C. law [...]

Yet Another Disappointment: Mei Xiang’s Not Preggers

D.C.'s second-best panda showed all the signs. There was the hormone in the urine. There was the lack of energy and changes to her appetite. There was the drop in the hormone in the urine, which happens just before birth. And, lastly, there was the fact that she ovulated and the zoo staff attempted to [...]