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Right after Lun Lun put the cubbie down, the cam moved to show this angle. Wonder if the keepers have called her over to do a swap. She seems very intent on where she is and has barely moved for a few minutes.
Or she could be asleep. :teehee:

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Friday, October 7
"This week Lun Lun has become more active and is eating well. The cubs have a nice layer of fur now, so she is more comfortable leaving them in the nest box for short periods of time. A week ago, Lun Lun was only getting up to eat when it was time to swap the cubs, but now, she is up every couple of hours for a snack of bamboo, biscuits, and produce. Lun Lun is eating so well that she is already back to her pre-birth weight of 105 kilograms. We are pleased that Lun Lun's appetite has returned. It is very important that she eats and drinks enough to continue to supply both cubs with her milk. Lun Lun is also willingly participating in training sessions. She has returned to sitting on the scale regularly, and I was recently able to shave her forearm in preparation for the vet staff to draw a blood sample."

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Mommie has taken a break and little punkin panda is showing off its adorableness.

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Meanwhile, the Mei-Ham girls have been delighting viewers also. Sure will miss them when they go back to China next month.



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Monday, October 10
"My, oh my, have these cubs grown. They are getting bigger and bigger every day. They are changing so much. Cub B is starting to open its eyes. Before you know, it they will be climbing all over the place, and pestering mom, like every child does. And before you know it, they will be learning how to eat bamboo just like the other pandas. But we’ve got a ways to go yet before it’s time for that! "

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And now some news from the National Zoo!

The Vet Visits Bei Bei
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"Our veterinary team visited the giant panda habitat last week for routine checkups on all of the pandas. Of special note in his check-up, the team successfully collected blood and gave two vaccinations to Bei Bei. He held still for the procedure because keepers treated him to honey water.

Keepers have been working with Bei Bei to participate in voluntary veterinary exam training since he was about six months old. They started with very basic behaviors such as asking him to touch a target with his nose. Since then they have introduced him to the training chute and the blood draw sleeve.

Bei Bei seems to be well ahead of the learning curve.Tai Shan was 25 months old before he participated in his first blood draw. Bao Bao was 27 months old. Bei Bei recently turned 13 months old. "

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Many thanks Gigi for the sweet updates and cute-cute photos!!

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Friday, October 14
"Many guests wonder what it is that we do during a cub swap. Most of what we are doing in that time that the camera is changed is swapping the cubs out, feeding Lun Lun, and stimulating the cubs to go to the bathroom, weighing them, and taking their temperatures. The reasons why sometimes it takes so long is that while we have the cubs in the incubator and are taking care of them, Lun is being fed in the next den. Sometimes Lun Lun is more hungry than other times and it may take her a bit longer because she is eating so well. Stimulating a cub to go to the bathroom is another big part of taking care of them, because at this age, they can’t yet go to the bathroom on their own. We stimulate a cub when it is pulled from Lun and when it is returned to Lun. The process for this can take a bit of time, especially if the cub has a full bladder.

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The process in which we do this is: We wash our hands with soap and water, then before we touch the cub or the incubator we sanitize our hands and arms with isopropyl alcohol, and then we have to wait until our hands are dry before we pull the cub out of the incubator. It feels as if we are prepping for a surgery with the way we have to sanitize our hands and arms.

Once our hands are nice and clean, we then remove the cub form the incubator, hold them in our arms over a trash can, and rub their bellies to help them relax. This makes it easier to get them to use the bathroom. Once they are nice and relaxed, we then rub with two fingers in a downward pattern on the inside of their leg and hip. Once they are done, we clean them up with a cotton ball and return them to the incubator. Also remember this is just for one cub. Then we have to do it for the other cub too.

You may ask why there is a need for us to stimulate them to go to the bathroom before returning them to Lun. It’s because we want their stomach to be nice and empty, so when Lun picks them up they go right into nursing and she doesn't have to stimulate them first. It's just one of the ways we help out not just mamma bear, but the cubs as well.

I know everyone is very eager to see the cubs on the cam, but just keep in mind what all we have to do before returning them to Lun Lun."
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Monday, October 17 It would be fun to have sound!
"Hi everyone! My name is Jen W., and I'm one of the other primary panda keepers. I was a nursery keeper when we had our first set of twins, and am happy to be able to spend some time as a nursery keeper with the new twins (v2.0 as I like to call them). I'm sure we're all sounding like a broken record, but it really is amazing to see how quickly these two nuggets are growing. It's also humorous to watch the little cubs get a little cranky with their mom. Now that they are older, they are starting to be able to regulate their temperatures better. So this means that Lun Lun has started to leave them for longer and longer periods. She's even started to take short "mommy time" breaks in an adjacent den while the cub rest peacefully. At least that's what she wishes the cub would do! Unfortunately they think cuddling with Mom is much better than laying on a comfy hay bed or even the bare floor. So they start grumbling, and heaven forbid if they are on their back and have to flip themselves over! Even though they can do it, they'd rather have Mom do it. But she is starting to let them figure out things on their own now that they're older. So while they eventually flip themselves over, they're quite vocal with regards to their feelings about it! Baby panda grumbles are quite adorable.

This view shows that even when Lun Lun does leave a cub for a short period, she’s often still very close by, even though you may not see her on the cam."
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And from the National Zoo...

Bao Bao is Moving to China
Bao Bao is going to move to China next year. She will be leaving the Smithsonian's National Zoo in late winter, within the first few months of 2017. Under our breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA), all panda cubs born at the Zoo will return to China by the time they turn four years old.

"Bao Bao is very special to us at the Smithsonian's National Zoo," said Brandie Smith, associate director of animal care sciences. "She was the first surviving cub born at the Zoo since 2005. She's captured the hearts of people all over the world who watched her grow up on the panda cams, and she has been an ambassador for conservation. We are sad to see her go, but excited for the contributions she is going to continue to make to the global giant panda population."

We will announce opportunities for the public to celebrate Bao Bao and say goodbye before she departs for China. Stay tuned, we'll have more details soon!

During the next several months, keepers will prepare Bao Bao for the move. They will acclimate her to a travel crate that she will make the trip in. One keeper and one veterinarian will travel with her. They will stay with her for a short time while she settles into her new home at one of the bases run by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP). When she reaches sexual maturity between 5 and 6 years old, she will enter the breeding program and we hope she will have cubs of her own.

Read more about her upcoming trip. Lots of pics here including this one!
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Many thanks Gigi for the updates...Bao Bao is so darn cute! AND I got to see her :)

Little ones are growing like weeds :15heartbeat:

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Beth wrote:
Many thanks Gigi for the updates...Bao Bao is so darn cute! AND I got to see her :)

Little ones are growing like weeds :15heartbeat:
Lucky you! I am watching one of the babies snuggled up to Lun Lun. So adorable and so big I almost thought they were both in with her!

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And from Zoo Atlanta about Mei Lun and Mei Huan upcoming departure....
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"Mei Lun’s and Mei Huan’s next adventure!

Say “bye” to the Bamboo Besties, 3-year-old giant panda twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan, as they get ready for a brand-new chapter in China!

Mei Lun and Mei Huan, the first pair of surviving giant panda twins in the U.S., are expected to leave Atlanta for the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China on November 3, 2016.

We’ve watched them grow up with us at Zoo Atlanta, and now it’s time to wish them well as they move on to one of the biggest milestones in the life of an American-born panda. Their travel date has not yet been set – stay tuned to this page for details on their departure date and farewell activities.

For now, visit them soon before it’s time to wish them a Bamboo Bon Voyage!

Farewell activities
Mei Lun and Mei Huan will enjoy special travel-themed enrichment surprises on Sunday, October 30, during Boo at the Zoo presented by Georgia Natural Gas – join them at 1:30 p.m. at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Giant Panda Conservation Center.

Sign Bon Voyage postcards for the twins on Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m."

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Wish we could sign the card via the internet :7val:

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They announced today that Bao Bao is also leaving in early 2017. I'm in denial that we're losing all our girls :girlsad3:
Me too carly.

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We won't get to watch the Meihem girls for much longer. :5val: If you look carefully, you can see zoo visitors behind the girls. They are now up and about - sort of. One in the hammock and the other above her on the poles.
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:tissue: It will be sad...

Facebook news...
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It’s the Meis’ last weekend in Atlanta, and we hope you can come visit them to wish them farewell! The Meis will enjoy special
travel-themed enrichment surprises on Sunday, October 30 at 1:30 p.m., and you will be able to sign Bon Voyage postcards
from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday! http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/panda_ca ... das/byebye #MeiDays #ZAPandas

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Many thanks Gigi for the cute photo...

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Three Twins Updates from Zoo Atlanta :5val:

Friday, October 28
This week Lun Lun has started taking the cubs out of the nest box and carrying them into an adjacent den. Lun Lun has done this with all of her previous cubs and the behavior is normal and expected. Wild giant panda mothers would move their infant cubs to different dens frequently to avoid detection from predators. The adjacent den that Lun Lun uses to house the cubs has a narrow end that is roughly the width of her nest box, which makes her feel comfortable and enclosed just like a den. The first few times that she took them into that den, she did not leave them there when she left to eat bamboo, but instead carried the cub back to the nest box and deposited it there. Now, she is leaving the cub in the adjacent den when she goes to eat bamboo. Anytime something new happens, even if Lun Lun initiates it herself, it takes her a few days to adjust and feel comfortable. The cubs are both content in the adjacent den with and without Lun Lun.
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Wednesday, October 26
The cubs turned 50 days old on Sunday and have reached another big milestone. It is time for the cubs to graduate from their incubators to the playpen box that we used when their older sisters were this age! The playpen is an important next step in the cubs' development and is one step closer to both cubs being with Lun Lun at the same time (which won't happen for a little while longer). The playpen has three tall walls and one removable window and will take the place of the incubators. It will be a safe and secure place, similar to a den, for the cubs while they continue to build their muscles in preparation for scooting and walking.
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Monday, October 24
Lun Lun is spending more time away from the cubs now that they are older. She is regularly napping or eating for an hour or more at a time in the adjacent dens or just outside of the nest box. This behavior is a normal progression for Lun Lun as the cubs grow. The cubs are able to stay warm without Lun Lun now that they have a full coat of fur. Lun Lun is never too far away and can always hear the cubs if they vocalize. Just like human babies, if the cubs are hungry or need something, they will cry and Lun Lun is very responsive. Lun Lun is an excellent and highly experienced mother and knows exactly what her cubs need and when they need her. She also knows she needs to eat and rest as much as she can so that she has enough milk and strength to care for both cubs. The cubs are calm and quiet while she is away and spend their time sleeping or doing what I call their "exercises" - stretching, wiggling, rolling over, and using their rear legs to scratch themselves. These movements help their muscles to strengthen so that they will eventually be able to scoot, crawl, and then walk.
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Monday, October 31
Happy Halloween! Although it’s important to not weigh yourself before and after Halloween, we’re constantly weighing the cubs! This photo is a few days old – Cub A (pictured) is now 2,223.8 grams (4.9 lbs.), and Cub B is now 2,186.6 grams (4.82 lbs.)!

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