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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Tai Shan
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.
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.
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 the Smithsonian's National Zoo is a mother for the second time, giving birth to a cub after years of failed pregnancies.
A baby panda born Sunday night at the Smithsonian National Zoo delighted zoo officials, biologists and visitors to the park on Monday.
A giant panda at Washington's zoo surprised scientists and zookeepers by becoming a mom again after years of failed pregnancies.
Veterinarians at the National Zoo conducted their first ultrasound examination Tuesday on the female giant panda Mei Xiang but can't yet determine whether she is pregnant after changes in her behavior.
Not long before the National Zoo announced that Washington's most beloved resident — the panda Tai Shan — was heading to China in December 2009, a secret plan took hold halfway around the world for the National Zoo to be able to hold on to the bear just awhile longer.
Round-the-clock surveillance, spacious accommodations and a team of specialists available at a moment's notice, all for a potential panda no bigger than a stick of butter.
Chinese officials say they have reached an agreement with the National Zoo to keep a pair of giant pandas in Washington five more years.
Put away those panda-patterned baby shower items: No giant panda births are expected at the National Zoo in the near future.
The zoo has resolved problems with captive giant panda breeding and helped breed a male cub, Tai Shan, he noted.