sukie2 ADMIN February 10, 2010
Hello everyone from Baibee Zhen's Group! Welcome to a place of peace and a new group devoted to the new cubbies. There are no rules here, only respect and love for each other and for our panda friends. We do not like a lot of rules because they are used to exclude others and to inhibit free thought. The inhibition of free thought is no fun! Excluding others is wrong because all are worthy of love and of friendship. Have fun here! Add photos and posts on all our panda and animal friends.
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Group DescriptionOur newest panda cub, a male named Bei Bei (Precious Treasure), was born at the Smithsonian National Zoo on August 22, 2015.
June 2013- Mr. Wu was high in the tree–I think guests riding our Skyfari aerial tram could see him better than I could! But mama Bai Yun was right up front, sitting on her haunches and contentedly eating breakfast. It struck me hard how gorgeous she is! And how large she is! She had a huge pile of bamboo “tips” to her right. By tips, I mean long, thin branches with rich-green leaves. She would grab a clump of the branches and, with one sweeping motion of her mouth, peel the leaves right off so that they stuck out of the side of her mouth briefly before she swallowed them. In any other creature, it would have looked comical, but there is a grace and confidence about Bai Yun that inspires admiration and awe.
I stood watching her as she calmly ate in this fashion. She paused and looked me right in the eye (be still, my heart!), and then she continued her meal. I finally tore myself away from her to see what Yun Zi was doing in the enclosure next door. He was on top of the artificial den, flat on his back and sound asleep. But that’s okay: Bai Yun and I shared a beautiful summer morning. What a great way to start the day. I may have to do this more often!
Scientists at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo have confirmed a secondary rise in urinary progesterone in Mei Xiang. The rise indicates that she will experience the end of a pseudopregnancy or give birth to a cub in 40 to 55 days. Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated twice March 30 after natural breeding attempts with the Zoo’s male panda, Tian Tian, were unsuccessful.
During the first procedure she was artificially inseminated with fresh as well as frozen sperm collected from Tian Tian in 2003. During the second procedure she was artificially inseminated with frozen sperm collected from Tian Tian in 2003 and frozen sperm from the San Diego Zoo’s male giant panda, Gao Gao. Tang Chunxiang, chief veterinarian of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, performed the artificial inseminations alongside a team of Zoo scientists, veterinarians and keepers.
Since the artificial inseminations the Zoo’s panda team has monitored Mei Xiang closely. Zoo scientists will continue to monitor her hormone levels through daily hormone analyses. Veterinarians are conducting ultrasounds regularly as Mei Xiang chooses to participate in them, to monitor changes in her reproductive tract and evaluate for evidence of a fetus. Giant panda fetuses do not start developing until the final weeks of gestation, making it difficult to definitively determine if there is a pregnancy. It may be too early to detect a fetus.
Keepers are also monitoring Mei Xiang’s behavior closely. She has begun nest building which is consistent with a rise in urinary progesterone. The area of the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat closest to her den will close any day to provide quiet for Mei Xiang, who shows extra sensitivity to noise during the final weeks of a pseudopregnancy or pregnancy. Panda fans can watch Mei Xiang on the upgraded panda cams, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund. The cams in Mei Xiang’s den, where she will be spending much of her time over the next month, have also been replaced with high-definition cameras. Visitors to the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat will see Tian Tian in his yard and inside the panda house as usual and Mei Xiang when she chooses to go into her outdoor exhibit.
ATLANTA – July 15, 2013 – Lun Lun, a 15-year-old giant panda, gave birth to twins on July 15, 2013. The first of the tiny duo arrived at 6:21 p.m., and its twin followed at 6:23 p.m. The cubs, two boys, are the first giant pandas to be born in the U.S. in 2013 and the first twins to be born in the U.S. since 1987.
Tuesday, August 6
Lun Lun is now fairly regularly leaving the cubs for extra meals and potty breaks. Usually, we watch her from our AV room where we have multiple monitors set up with two different views of her den. When she gets up and leaves the cub, we will head into the hallway and see what she is up to. When she is hungry, she almost always meets us at the front of her adjacent den. If we peek in and see her sitting there, we know it is her way of telling us that she wants food. Up until recently, Lun Lun hasn't been comfortable with us closing the shift door between her and the cub, but today she has allowed us to do so, twice. We are swapping the cubs every four hours, but these times in between give us the opportunity to even more closely monitor the cubs. While Lun Lun eats, we are able to take the cub, weigh him, and keep him warm until she is ready to return to him. This is great for her because she can focus on eating without a fussy cub yelling at her. It is also helpful for us because we are able to get a mid-swap weight. With all of the necessary appliances and air conditioning running in the building, it can sometimes be difficult to hear the cub nurse unless Lun Lun has him completely uncovered. Getting a mid-swap weight allows us to more accurately gauge how much milk the cub is getting when he nurses, especially if we can't confidently say that he has nursed for a significant amount of time. If the cub hasn't gained much weight or decreases in weight, we know that he needs more time with mom so he can continue to grow big and strong. We also keep a close eye on the cub in the incubator. If he starts to get fussy, we know that he is getting hungry and will need to be swapped sooner. As many keepers have said before, happy pandas means happy keepers. This is true for the cubs now too!
No news on Yaya estrus in 2013
Yun Zi and Mr Wu by Rita Petita
Xi Lan by Smileybears LunLun and Po by Smileyebars
YA'AN, Sichuan July 2013 China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center staff for Taishan's 8th birthday prepared a birthday cakefrom the carrots, bamboo shoots, panda cake made, . When Tai came to the cake before it did not immediately removed at the food, but stayed for a while, and then took away a fresh bamboo shoots walked away in the corner shy eat. After eating fresh bamboo shoots after a birthday cake and returned to take away next to a carrot, and thus, one of the carrots Taishan one finished. According to its breeder introduction, Taishan particularly good appetite today, before it do not eat panda cake, yet today, three-quarters of the entire panda cake eaten. It seems very good mood today!
2013 March Chendu-Zoo Atlanta's panda update! News on Mei Lan! I have recently heard from someone who works closely with Mei Lan in Chengdu, so I thought I'd let all of his fans know how he is doing. Apparently, Mei Lan has really blossomed into a superstar trainee! It sounds like he takes after his daddy, Yang Yang. Mei Lan is calm and enjoys working with his trainer. He is so good at training that he is often used for training demonstrations and as a test subject for potential new behaviors. I am so proud to hear about Mei Lan's success in training. I'd like to think that he got a good foundation here at Zoo Atlanta! -Heather
BFX China--June 2013-Back in February, we reported with excitement that panda Zhen Zhen had bred for the first time and was the first female at the Bi Feng Xia center in China to do so in 2013 (see post Panda Zhen Zhen). For newer panda fans, Zhen Zhen is Bai Yun and Gao Gao’s youngest daughter and moved to China in September 2010. Well, it is with some sadness that we share the latest news on Zhen Zhen: On May 6, Zhen Zhen gave birth to a single cub; however, the cub died soon after birth.
Of course, we know that Zhen Zhen, who will be six years old this August, will have many more opportunities to breed and have cubs in the future, and there is no reason to doubt that she will be successful down the road. An early May birth is very unusual for pandas, with most of the births being recorded between July and September, after a variable period of diapause and a 50-day period of gestation
2013 Su Lin has bred! Seven-year-old Su Lin, who was born at the San Diego Zoo in August 2005, bred with male Yuan Yuan several times at Bi Feng Xia, and all appeared to go perfectly. We are waiting to hear whether she breeds with any more males over the next few days, and we have high hopes that this will be a successful pregnancy for Su Lin. Her first cub was born in July 2011 (see Su Lin Gives Birth!). We were also happy to receive some recent photos of Su Lin, and she looks happy and healthy and is as beautiful as ever!
2011 Su Lin gave birth to twins at Hetaoping reintroduction training base on July 7. This is her first litter with Wu Gang on March 16 at Bifengxia. One cub survived. Su Lin and her cub returned to Bifengxia panda base from Wolong and Zhang Ka and her cub were sent to the reintroduction training base in Wolong to replace them. After the birth, Su Lin was in good mental condition, but as a first-time mother, she was often in trees and spent relatively less time taking care of her cub in the den. Based on observations and data collected on Su Lin, the researchers decided to replace Su Lin by Zhang Ka. On October 23, Su Lin and her cub were sent back to Bifengxia panda base. translation lovecatbear
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