Posts Tagged ‘pandas’

The National Zoo Reopens (but the Lions Still Think They’re Furloughed)

On their first day back on the job since the end of the government shutdown, the National Zoo's lions were getting about as much respect as other members of the often-maligned federal workforce.
"RAWR," growled a small girl, hoping to inspire a reaction from the residents of the Great Cats habitat. They continued to lounge in [...]

The Needle: Bamboo Bambino

Panda Daddy: A paternity test revealed the new panda cub's father to be the National Zoo's own Tian Tian,and not the mysterious panda from the San Diego zoo. -2
Charley's Not Sorry:  A new bar and restaurant, Bar Charley, is opening up in Dupont tonight and its got some pretty wacky drink offerings. +1

Rusty the Red Panda Has Been Caught in Adams Morgan

Rusty, the red panda who was reported missing from the National Zoo this afternoon, has been caught.
City Paper intern Dan Singer reports from the scene at the 1900 block of Biltmore Street NW that Rusty has been found by employees of the National Zoo, the Humane Society, and the Metropolitan Police Department and is now [...]

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 [...]

The Needle: Swing Sports

Over Par: Ghost at the feast! Just when you thought you'd heard the last of federally incarcerated former Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., the leather chaps-loving legislator showed his scandal isn't over with the filing today of federal charges against Millicent West, the Thomas-connected former head of the Children's Youth & Investment Trust Corp. -2
Getting the Bamboot: [...]

District Line Daily: 6-Year-Old Bandit Story Suspicious

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Whether you love or hate Justin Moyer's WCP story on how the idea of Brooklyn [...]

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 [...]

National Zoo To Treat Us To Artificial Insemination Of Terrible Bears

Ever wondered what a giant panda AI is like? Find out today! We will live-tweet Mei Xiang's AI at 4 p.m. s.si.edu/aBZ4T #pandaAI
— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) April 30, 2012

No, I can't say that I have ever wondered what a giant panda artificial insemination is like. Because I think pandas are terrible. Last year, after another [...]

$4.5 Million For Pandas That Won’t Have Sex With Each Other

Pandas are the worst. They're lazy, they won't have sex with each other (unless they're related), they fake pregnancies, and when they do manage to get pregnant, they almost always let one of the babies die.

But whatever! The National Zoo is celebrating a $4.5 million gift from David M. Rubenstein that will fund its useless panda-breeding [...]

The Needle: No Dancing, Please, We’re American Edition

Pregnant Panda Pause: Might another Butterstick be on its way soon? The National Zoo doesn't actually know, but zookeepers do seem to think it's possible that Mei Xiang and  Tian Tian have finally perfected the panda-ly art of mating again. The zoo announced today that they're conducting ultrasounds twice a week because of a hormone change in [...]

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 [...]

Morning Roundup: Dead Animals Edition

Morning, all. It's the end of a short week, but I still feel drained. Here's to a rejuvenating weekend.
So, LeBron's going to Miami. Along with Chris Bosh. And the newly re-signed Dwayne Wade. Move over, Los Angeles, there's a new dynasty in town.
Sad news from the National Zoo: The red panda born three weeks ago–the zoo's [...]

Tai Shan the Matchmaker: Love, Through a Panda

To some, Tai Shan may just be the cute and cuddly panda that makes crowds "ooohhh" and "awwww" as he bounds around his habitat at the National Zoo. Little did anyone know, Tai Shan had a side job moonlighting as Cupid.
Frances Nguyen laughs lightly after a brief sigh. She fights back emotions as she reflects [...]

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