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 Post subject: Re: PANDAS ~ 2016 - 2019
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Nov. 27, 2019 - BEI BEI in China, Bifengxia

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Bei Bei is settling in at his new home in China at the Bifengxia panda base. He did really well on the FedEx Panda Express and mostly ate and slept during the 16-hour trip. Laurie Thompson, assistant curator of giant pandas and Don Neiffer, chief veterinarian provided his in-flight snacks and made sure he had bamboo, water, apples, carrots, pears and sweet potatoes. A few times when they checked on him, he was sound asleep in his crate.

After the long transcontinental flight, the plane landed at the Chengdu airport. A team from the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda met Bei Bei, Laurie and Don at the airport. After unloading Bei Bei from the plane, everyone drove about 90 miles to the Bifengxia base where Bei Bei moved to his quarantine enclosures. All animals undergo a quarantine period after they move to a new home to ensure that they are healthy. Bei Bei has an indoor enclosure with a hammock and a yard that he can use while he is in quarantine. The yard is as large as the yard he had at the Zoo. He was a little overwhelmed by the new people and sounds at first, but he quickly adjusted to his new surroundings.

Last Thursday, the panda base had a welcome party for Bei Bei. After the party, Laurie had time to talk about Bei Bei with his new keeper. She showed her the training behaviors Bei Bei mastered during the past four years, including holding his arm out for a blood draw, lying down, presenting his paws and opening his mouth for a quick dental check. Afterwards, he trained with his new keeper and did all of the behaviors she asked for.

He seemed to really enjoy the many types of bamboo that grow around the base, especially the bamboo shoots. Bamboo shoots are tender parts of the bamboo and filled with water. All of the giant pandas love bamboo shoots, but where the Zoo is located in the United States they only grow in the spring. Now, Bei Bei will be able to eat bamboo shoots all year round. He also tried some new foods. On Friday, Bei Bei ate the panda bread that is made especially for the pandas living at the bases. And, he ate a carrot for his new keeper which was encouraging since he does not particularly like carrots.

He also has a little bit of home with him at Bifengxia. Laurie brought his red ball, which he likes to curl up and sleep with tucked between his arms.

Don also talked with the veterinary staff at the base to give them a medical history of Bei Bei and answered any questions they had about him.

On Friday afternoon, Laurie and Don departed the base and traveled back to Chengdu to prepare for their flight back to the United States. By the time they left the base, Bei Bei was spending time outside and seemed to be adjusting well.

Back at the Zoo, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian have been taking advantage of having access to all of the panda yards again. Mei Xiang went into Bei Bei’s old yard Tuesday morning for a slight change of scenery. Tian Tian had access to Mei Xiang’s yard and his yard, which he really enjoyed. He spent time climbing trees and scent-marking. Hopefully, there will be some snow this winter for them to play in.
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Ferenz, when the cubbies are able to venture into the public areas, will you be able to go see them?
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GiGi, I'll do my best - maybe in Jan or Feb 2020 - if the cubs go public :ok:

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We'll expect pictures, Ferenz when and if you get there!

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:1val: Ferenz, thanks for the report on Bei Bei!! I got to see him in his new yard at the base, I believe it was on iPanda. He did some tentative exploring, before settling in to eat the shoots they had placed for him. This was right after his arrival. He looked great. And the reporter from China was very excited to see and give the narrative on him! Also, saw his caregiver and vet from the U.S. introduced to the crowd during the ceremony on his arrival to the base.


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Berlin Panda cubs are just 100 days old:

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#ZooBerlin’s best-kept secret is out now:
the #pandatwins are both male and have officially been given the names Meng Xiang and Meng Yuan.

The two names complement one another well in Chinese and roughly translate as
“desired dream” (Meng Xiang) and “fulfilled dream” (Meng Yuan).

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:holsmile: NBC showed the Berlin Panda Cubs on the world news tonight!


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Meng Yuan 8804 g climbing over its sibbling Meng Xiang 8500 g

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01/29/2020 - A big day out for little bears!

Zoo Berlin’s panda twins take their first steps outdoors


Pit (Meng Xiang) uses his sharp claws to drag his fluffy round body along the thick branch that leads to the bathing pool filled with bark mulch. His brother Paule (Meng Yuan) is waiting for him, and greets him with a playful chomp into his fur – that’s how panda cubs express brotherly love! This morning, the twins took their first trip outside with mum Meng Meng (7). Everything went well, which means that from this Thursday the panda family will finally be on view to visitors.

The Zoo Berlin team has waited a long time for this moment, ever since the panda twins were born 152 days ago on 31 August 2019, weighing just 186 and 136 grams respectively. Now, the keepers are delighted to be able to present their darlings to the public. “On this special day I would particularly like to thank the Zoo’s committed team of keepers, vets and biologists,” said Zoo and Tierpark Director Dr Andreas Knieriem. “But I am also grateful to everyone else who contributed to the successful breeding of these wonderful bears here at Zoo Berlin – the first pandas ever to be born in Germany. We hope Zoo visitors will now join us in welcoming these special black-and-white Berlin bears.” The twins enjoy hanging out on their wooden climbing posts, but their favourite thing to do is play fight with one another. The two brothers have already developed very different characters:

Pit (Meng Xiang)

Laid-back, dreamy, and always ready for a nap – that’s our Pit! He may be the older of the two by a whole 48 minutes, but he has no interest in taking the lead when it comes to exploring. However, mild-mannered Pit does have another side that occasionally comes out: if the rough and tumble

with his brother gets too much, he reprimands him with a loud yelp.

Paule (Meng Yuan)

Paule is a lively little fellow known for his mischievous, inquisitive nature. For him, no rock is too high to climb and no nook too small to sniff at. Paule just loves to go exploring. With his short snout, he resembles his mother Meng Meng.

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Adorable! :loveshow: :loveshow: Will you plan to visit the zoo, Ferenz?

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Gigi, I'm going to visit the Berlin-ZOO in March when the Boys have left their winter garden...

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Ferenz wrote:
Gigi, I'm going to visit the Berlin-ZOO in March when the Boys have left their winter garden...
I hope the boys make an appearance when you visit. :biggrin: Try to take some photos! Double trouble means double fun!

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From the Smithsonian ~ National Zoo in Washington DC:

Giant Panda Breeding Season Has Arrived
A team of reproductive scientists, veterinarians and panda keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute performed an artificial insemination on giant panda Mei Xiang yesterday morning, March 22, at 9:45 a.m.
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Scientists and keepers had been closely monitoring Mei Xiang’s behavior and hormones since she began displaying behavioral changes March 12, indicating she was entering her breeding season.
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