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Purr



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:48 am    Post subject: Panda Cub Reply with quote

Mei Xiang, the National Zoo's female panda, gave birth Saturday, July 9, to a cub. This the first successful birth for the National Zoo, after years of trying. The Panda House at the National Zoo will be closed for at least 3 months to avoid disturbing Mei Xiang and her cub, but the public will be able to see them via the Zoo's round-the-clock web cam.

Mei Xiang's History:

Arrow 2000: Mei Xiang, age 2, and another panda, Tian Tian, age 3, arrive on loan for 10 years from China for a fee of $10 million. The fee is paid by donors.

Arrow 2003: Mei Xiang and Tian Tian mated, but no pregnancy developed.

Arrow 2004: Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated, but no pregnancy developed.

Arrow March 11, 2005: Mei Xiang was successfully artificially inseminated.

Arrow July 9, 2005: At 3:41 p.m., Mei Xiang gives birth to a panda cub weighing only a few ounces.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the website.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



Photo of Mei Xiang and cub. Source Reuters.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like pandas. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2005 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The panda cub, a male, continues to do well. You can vote on the zoo's website on a name for the cub. The choices are as follows:

Arrow Hua Sheng (hwah-SHUNG), means China Washington, magnificent

Arrow Sheng Hua (SHUNG-hwah), means Washington China, magnificent

Arrow Tai Shan (tie-SHON), means peaceful mountain

Arrow Long Shan (lohng-SHON), means dragon mountain

Arrow Qiang Qiang (chee-ONG chee-ONG), means strong, powerful

I voted for Quian Qiang. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monday morning, National Zoo Director John Berry announced the name of the giant panda cub. The male cub was named Tai Shan (tie SHON), which means "peaceful mountain" in Chinese. Congratulations to Tai Shan, now 100 days old, on his most fitting name!
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Jonathan



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's to that! **insert missing "cheers" emoticon here**
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The baby panda, and mom too, are doing very well. It's very entertaing watching them on the webcam.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tai Shan is 6 months old! Congratulations! Very Happy
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Jonathan



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Purr wrote:
Tai Shan is 6 months old! Congratulations! Very Happy

Ditto!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tai Shan is now 8 months old and weighs 38 pounds! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you know what typical Panda weights are as they age, i.e. at 1 yar, at 2 years, etc.?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adults pandas get really, really big. I checked the National Zoo's website for information about Tai Shan's parents. Tian Tian, Tai Shan's father, weighs in at about 275 pounds. Mei Xiang, Tai Shan's mother, weighs in at about 235 pounds. Considering a baby panda is only a few ounces when it's born, that's a huge weigh gain over an adult life.

Tai Shan is only 38 pounds, so he's got a long way to go to catch up with his daddy! But somehow I think he'll manage. Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. Do you know at what age they typically reach their full adult weight?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting question. Panda cubs do not reach breeding maturity until between four and eight years of age. So probably by then would a panda reach their full adult size.
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