TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada got a taste of international panda diplomacy on Monday with the arrival of two "Very Important Pandas" at the start of a 10-year loan to two Canadian zoos.
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Panda researchers in China recently decided to screen some steamy "panda porn" to get Ke Lin, a 5-year-old female giant panda, in the mood for love. In this Mar. 10, 2013, photo, female giant panda Ke Lin is shown watching a panda mating video at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. (Credit: Reuters) As the South China Morning Post notes, researchers at the Chengdu...
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Moms really love their kids. But panda moms, they just adore them so much they need to wrestle and chase and cuddle all day long. There are less than 1,600 pandas left in the wild, and although there are many international efforts to aid the population, the animals are especially hard to raise in captivity. Pandas have a very small breeding window and when cubs are born...
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In the wild their numbers are dwindling fast, but they are thriving at a reserve in Chengdu. Hazel Southam joins the cooing crowds at China's panda centralPandamonium – see our gallery of panda picturesWhump! Two panda cubs fall from the bamboo platform where they've been playing. Cheng Shuang and Cheng Dui are seven months old and without doubt the cutest animals I've ever...
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LONDON (AP) — A zoo in Britain has carried out artificial insemination on a female giant panda to increase her chances of getting pregnant. Edinburgh Zoo says scientists who were monitoring the pair noticed that Tian Tian, which translates as "Sweetie," was showing signs that weren't "conducive to mating." The zoo said that although the male, Yang Guang, or "Sunshine," had...
(30 days ago)
Chinese authorities estimate that there are only 1,600 pandas in the wild, with some 300 living in captivity, but many think these figures are very optimistic and the actual figures could be half these. But one thing that all agree on is that few animals pack a bigger 'awww' factor – as photographer Clare Kendall proves with these shots of some of the 70 bears who live in...
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WASHINGTON -- The National Zoo says breeding season has arrived for the giant pandas after a cub was born last year but died six days later. The zoo said Wednesday that female panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) and male panda Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN) are showing signs they are ready to breed. Also, Mei Xiang's hormones have been rising. Zoo officials say the pandas will have an...
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Edinburgh Zoo keepers hope mating in March will follow male giant panda's eagerness to see waiting femaleAs is the case with its occasionally more subtle human counterparts, it seems that in the spring a giant panda's fancy turns to thoughts of love. Photographs from Edinburgh Zoo on Wednesday suggested that the UK's only male giant panda, Yang Guang, was keen to get...
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At the Chengdu Research base for Giant Panda breeding, they’ve developed a state-of-the-art fertility clinic where high-tech science is used to create as many baby pandas as possible. It’s one of the most massive and expensive efforts to save a species; some scientists are not in favor of the movement. Meet the baby pandas and the critics of the breeding program. Kate Snow...
(3 months ago)
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