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Topic - Mei Xiang
One of the District's youngest and most famous celebrities got a name Sunday, as hundreds of giant panda fans and local dignitaries gathered at the National Zoo for a ceremony that christened the 100-day-old panda Bao Bao.
The National Zoo's giant pandas Tian Tian and Mei Xiang combined eat as much as 150 pounds of bamboo every day. To meet that daily quota of bamboo, a team of 10 nutritionists shares the responsibility of harvesting bamboo from one of the zoo's roughly 15 sites around the D.C. area.
The National Zoo's giant panda cub is growing and her eyes are almost fully open, officials said Wednesday after the most recent checkup of the two-month old cub.
For many, the most visible sign that the 16-day government shutdown was over wasn't federal workers back on the job or barriers being removed from national memorials — it was the return of the "Panda Cam."
While the federal government was shut down, the National Zoo's beloved butterstick turned into a squealing ball of fluff.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo announced Thursday that its 2-week-old giant panda cub is female and her father is National Zoo panda Tian Tian.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo announced Thursday that its 2-week-old giant panda cub is female and her father is National Zoo panda Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN).
Whether it's for their teddy-bear appearance, their unique color pattern or their lazy lifestyle, giant pandas for decades in the United States have enjoyed adoration unlike any other in the animal kingdom.
Officials at the Smithsonian National Zoo issued an update Tuesday morning on the status of the giant panda cub born Friday.
A panda at Washington's National Zoo that has been tending to her squealing newborn cub also gave birth Saturday to a stillborn cub that wasn't fully formed and was never alive outside the womb, a zoo official said.
Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Friday afternoon and then delivered a stillborn cub on Saturday, officials said.
A giant panda at Washington's National Zoo has given birth to her third cub.
Scientists at the National Zoo say giant panda Mei Xiang is experiencing hormone changes and showing increasingly obvious behavioral shifts — indications that she could be pregnant.
The giant panda cub that died last month did not survive because of underdeveloped lungs and liver damage, National Zoo officials said Thursday.
How do you break the news to your little ones? Not even a full week after the National Zoo's baby panda cub was born, the little critter passed away, leaving in its wake a sea of grieving young children saddened and confused by the loss.
The cub was born Aug. 23 to mother Mei Xiang, and panda keepers said the cub is rapidly developing and gaining weight as she grows.