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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:40 am 
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Giant Panda Mei Xiang Is Not Pregnant From the National Zoo
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Reproductive scientists, veterinarians and animal keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute have determined that giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) will not give birth this year. She has been experiencing a pseudopregnancy over the past several months.

Giant pandas’ behavior and hormones mimic a pregnancy even if they are experiencing a pseudopregnancy. Reproductive scientists had been tracking Mei Xiang’s hormones since she was artificially inseminated March 28. Her levels of urinary progesterone began to rise in July indicating that she would give birth to a cub or experience the final stages of a pregnancy within 6 to 8 weeks. Her hormone levels are at baseline levels and her behavior is slowly returning to normal. Veterinarians have also not detected a developing fetus on any ultrasounds.

The panda team has tracked Mei Xiang’s behavior closely during the past several weeks. Specially-trained volunteers with Friends of the National Zoo started monitoring her from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. via the panda cams in late August, watching for specific behaviors associated with pregnancy and pseudopregnancy. She started showing behavioral changes Aug. 7, including sensitivity to noise, which prompted the panda team to close the panda house. Veterinarians conducted ultrasounds twice each week to track changes in Mei Xiang’s uterus and to try to detect a developing fetus.

Giant panda pregnancies and pseudopregnancies can last between three and six months. Mei Xiang’s denning behaviors will decrease, and keepers expect her to return to her normal routine within a few weeks.

The panda house will return to normal operating hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Sept. 11. Visitors are also able to see the pandas on the panda cams, which are live on the Zoo’s website 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.

Mei Xiang has given birth to three surviving panda cubs with Tian Tian, all of which were born at the National Zoo. Her first cub, Tai Shan (tie-SHON), was born July 9, 2005 and now lives in China. Her second cub, Bao Bao (BOW-BOW), was born Aug. 23, 2013. Bao Bao moved to China in February 2017. On Aug. 22, 2015, Mei Xiang gave birth to her third cub, Bei Bei (BAY-BAY), who will move to China sometime in the coming months. The Zoo’s Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association stipulates that all panda cubs born at the Zoo move to China when they are 4 years old and the agreement for giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian is in effect until Dec. 7, 2020.

The Zoo received approval for its breeding plans from the China Wildlife and Conservation Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which monitors giant panda research programs in the United States.

Giant pandas are listed as “vulnerable” in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. There are an estimated 1,800 in the wild. Scientists and animal care specialists at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute work with scientists in China studying giant panda reproduction and cub health, habitat and disease.

The Zoo will continue to provide updates on the pandas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #PandaStory, and the Giant Panda e-newsletter."

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Welcome back, gigi and for getting "The Scoop"!! :teehee:

:girlsad3: But, poor Mei. You have to wonder if we will see her ever give birth again.


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02. September 2019 - Twin bundles of joy

Germany’s first panda cubs are born at Zoo Berlin!


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Magical moments are currently taking place behind the scenes of the Panda Garden at Zoo Berlin. Using her large, powerful paws, a first-time panda mum lovingly snuggles her tiny pink newborn into the warm, soft fur of her face. On Saturday evening, Berlin’s panda population doubled as Germany welcomed its first-ever panda offspring – two of them!

The past few weeks at Zoo Berlin have been particularly tense and exciting, with plenty of waiting and crossed fingers. Finally, on 31 August at 6:54 p.m., the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived: following a gestation period of 147 days, female panda Meng Meng (6) gave birth to her very first cub. The joyous event came just one week after experts from Zoo Berlin and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) were able to perform an ultrasound scan that determined Meng Meng was indeed pregnant. Immediately after giving birth, the new mother knew just what to do: she placed the tiny creature gently on her belly and began to warm it lovingly with her big paws, warm breath, and the soft fur of her cheeks. But mother and child weren’t alone for long, as at 7:42 p.m. – just under an hour later – a second cub was born!

“Meng Meng and her two cubs coped well with the birth and are all in good health,” reports veterinarian and Zoo and Tierpark Director Dr Andreas Knieriem with relief. “Even though these are the first offspring born to our young female panda, she is already doing a wonderful job as a mum. In the beginning, the young have to feed roughly every two to three hours and are dependent on the body heat of their mother to keep warm.”

Germany’s first panda cubs don’t display any resemblance to their parents just yet: they were born pink with fine white down and a disproportionately large tail. But though otherwise helpless, the young bears clearly came out with strong lungs – and immediately put them to good use. Meng Meng responds to their loud squeaks by carefully guiding the little ones to her teats to feed. As pandas that give birth to twins usually only raise one of the cubs, in close cooperation with Chinese experts of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding Zoo Berlin has decided to actively support Meng Meng in the rearing process. “There are only 1,864 adult pandas currently living in their natural habitat,” says Knieriem. “As a result, every single new cub represents an important contribution to the conservation of the species.” The young pandas are therefore currently on alternating, two-to-three-hour shifts with their mother, and are otherwise being cared for in a cosy warm incubator by the Chinese breeding experts. Vets have even managed to conduct an initial examination – with promising results. The cubs weigh 186 and 136 grams respectively, and generally seem lively and alert. The sexes have not been determined yet.

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Berlin Zoo Giant Pandas Meng Meng (f) & Jiao Qing (m): 13 September 2019 - cubs are 2 weeks old

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With furry black ears, characteristic dark circles and well-fed tummy, the little pandas start looking for real pandas at the age of two weeks.

While one young animal screeches its heavy head in search of Mama's teat, the second cub in the incubator has stretched out her four-legged body in a deep sleep. In addition to black puffy ears and dark circles around the eyes, a dark belt has recently been identified on the shoulders of the pink shimmering baby pandas. "We are very pleased with the development of the two mini pandas. As you can see from the gradual black-and-white coloring of the twins, they come - now optically - to Mama, "explains zoo and Tierpark director dr. Andreas Knieriem. Why Big Pandas are colored in this characteristic pattern has always been a mystery. Whether the black and white fur for camouflage, heat regulation or communication with conspecifics is beneficial, scientists could never fully clarify.

The Panda team still supports Mama Meng Meng around the clock in the rearing process. The birth weight has now more than doubled: they currently bring 431 g and 343 g on the scales. In addition to weight control, they measure the body temperature of Panda babies and support their digestion with regular tummy massages. Currently, the two drink - one after the other in turn - so extensively in their panda mom, so the vial is currently not used.

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Oh my gosh! They are adorable.

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Our keeper Corvin takes you today to weigh in the Panda Garden

>> Both cubs have a weight of 1400 gram


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How they have grown! :loveshow:

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