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National Zoo's 2-Week-Old Panda Cub Is Female

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National Zoo Reveals Baby Panda's Gender

Originally posted 09/05/2013 02:45 PM

It's a girl!

The Smithsonian's National Zoo announced Thursday that its 2-week-old (but already smiling!) giant panda cub is female, and her father is National Zoo panda Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN).

Panda mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) was artificially inseminated with sperm from Tian Tian, as well as from a panda named Gao Gao, at the San Diego Zoo. A sample was recently collected to determine the paternity of her cub, born Aug. 23.

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Two Kittens Rescued from Brooklyn Subway After Stopping Service

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New York City Subway Shuts Down – for Kittens

Update 08/30/2013 01:00 PM Originally posted 08/30/2013 11:50 AM

It only took two kittens to stop New York's subway in its tracks.

Power was cut to the B and Q lines in Brooklyn for more than an hour after a woman reported Thursday morning that her kittens were loose in the nation's largest subway system, transit officials said.

The furry felines, one black and the other white with gray stripes, were finally found on the tracks and rescued nearly seven hours later.

How they made their way to the tracks was a mystery. But they were seen running dangerously close to the subway's high-voltage third rail.

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The Daily Treat: Newborn Panda Cub Already Working It for the Camera

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Say Cheese! National Zoo's Newborn Panda Cub Smiles for the Camera

Update 08/26/2013 08:00 PM Originally posted 08/27/2013 04:30 PM

Congratulations are in order for the National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang, who welcomed a cub on Friday evening – and it turns out the little one is already more than happy about the attention.

During an examination by members of the animal care staff on Sunday, the newborn appeared to smile ever-so-slightly for waiting photographers. "The cub is robust, fully formed, and is a bright, healthy shade of pink," reports the Washington zoo's officials.

The cub's birth is the result of artificial insemination after Mei Xiang failed to breed with the National Zoo's male panda Tian Tian. As the baby continues to grow, mother and child will be in isolation for the next few months.

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Giant Panda Gives Birth at Washington's National Zoo

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Giant Panda Mei Xiang Gives Birth at National Zoo!

Originally posted 08/24/2013 10:15 AM

A giant panda gave birth at Washington's National Zoo on Friday, causing buzz among fans as they flocked to a panda cam's live feed to hear the cub squeal and watch the mother immediately start caring for it.

The zoo said Mei Xiang gave birth at 5:32 p.m. Friday, two hours after her water broke. Zoo officials said the panda team heard the cub vocalize and that the mother picked it up immediately and began cradling and caring for it.

"WE HAVE A CUB!! Born at 5:32 p.m. this evening," the zoo Tweeted.

"I'm glued to the new panda cams and thrilled to hear the squeals, which appear healthy, of our newborn cub," said Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

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Aww-dorable! Baby Panda Meets Mom For the First Time

Originally posted 08/15/2013 10:30 AM



Talk about a happy homecoming! More than a month after her birth, panda cub Yuan Zai was reunited with her mother, Yuan Yuan, at Taiwan's Taipei Zoo on Tuesday.

Upon birth, Yuan Zai had been slightly injured and required round-the-clock care in an incubator. After 39 days, zookeepers decided she was ready to meet Mom – and it looks like Mom agreed.

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Pair of Rare Tiger Cubs Born at National Zoo

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Pair of Rare Tiger Cubs Born at National Zoo

Update 08/08/2013 02:15 PM Originally posted 08/08/2013 01:30 PM

It's three's company for the Sumatran tigers at Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo!

Two rare cubs were born to its resident female, Damai, on Monday, prompting delight from the zoo's keepers.

"All I can do is smile," said great cats curator Craig Saffoe on the zoo's website. "The team has realized our goal of producing critically endangered tiger cubs."

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The Daily Treat: Zoo Atlanta Welcomes Twin Pandas

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The Daily Treat: Zoo Atlanta Welcomes Twin Pandas

Originally posted 07/16/2013 01:10 PM

Look who's having twins!

No, not Duchess Catherine, but this pair's arrival is a landmark in its own right. Giant panda Lun Lun and her partner, Yang Yang, both 15-years-old and residing at Georgia's Zoo Atlanta, welcomed a pair of tiny twins on Monday. The births are the first for panda twins in the U.S. since 1987.

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The Daily Treat: Mariah Carey Reveals Names for 'Dem Puppies'

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You'll Never Guess What Mariah Carey Named 'Dem Puppies'

Originally posted 07/05/2013 04:25 PM

If you thought Uma Thurman's name for her nearly 1-year-old daughter was a mouthful, wait until you get a hold of this.

Mariah Carey took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal the names of "dem puppies," the two male and one female pups that were born to her Jack Russell terrier Squeak E. Beans not too long ago.

Dubbing them "the family O Jackson P. Mutley," the singer identified them as "The Good Reverend Pow Jackson, Pipitty L. Jackson (the girl) & Mutley P. Gore Jackson the 3rd!!!" shortly after also posting a photo to Instagram of her and The Good Reverend Pow Jackson.

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The Daily Treat: This Tiger Cub Is Just Like Your Teenager

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The Daily Treat: This Tiger Cub Is Just Like Your Teenager

Originally posted 07/02/2013 12:00 PM

Now, that's the face of a tiger cub who wants a later curfew.

From the looks of it, tiger kids are no different than your average teenager: Kirana, a female Sumatran tiger, is forced to look away as her newborn cub lets out a wail within their home at the Chester Zoo in England on Monday.

While we're no expert on big cat mother-child relationships, we can't help but flashback to our own door-slamming fights with Mom. The little one's behavior is also in stark contrast to its easy arrival, captured here on video at the start of June.

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The Daily Treat: Baby Sea Lion Soaks Up the Sun with Mom

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The Daily Treat: Baby Sea Lion Soaks Up the Sun with Mom

Originally posted 06/28/2013 07:15 PM

Oh, to be a newborn sea lion.

This handsome critter was born a week ago at the Marineland animal exhibition park in Antibes, France, and he's already lapping up the benefits of spending summer in the south of France.

On Friday, the baby sea lion joined his mom for a little R&R in the sun, working on his tan while Mom preferred to take a dip. But her babe was never far from her mind, or sight, and her little one seemed as equally pleased with the attention as his surroundings.

Enjoy it while it lasts, mama sea lion: It's only a matter of time until your baby wants his independence.

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