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  • Merkel to accept new pandas from China for Berlin Zoo

    10/30/2015 4:50:07 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies ^ | Oct. 29, 2015 | (AP, dpa)
    Berlin's Zoological Gardens looks set to get two new pandas to replace the much-loved Bao Bao, one of the world's oldest male giant pandas, who died in 2012 aged 32. Merkel announced on Thursday that both China and Germany had opened talks to bring two new black and white bears to Germany. She met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as part of her official visit to China. Describing the two countries fondness for the giant bears, she said: "This is a very special piece of China that will please a lot of people in Germany."
  • Pandas and politics, &c.

    05/21/2015 8:40:45 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/21/2015 | Jay Nordlinger
    For years, the Left in Britain had a taunt: “There are more pandas in Scotland than there are Tory MPs.” Ha ha ha! Yes, there were two pandas in the Edinburgh Zoo and only one Conservative representing a Scottish constituency in parliament. Activists used to dress as pandas to remind David Cameron and the Conservatives of this fact. Well, guess what? There are now more pandas in Scotland than there are Labour MPs. Yup: After its wipeout at the hands of the Scottish National Party, Labour has a single MP representing a Scottish constituency. Just as the Tories (still) have...
  • Yes, You Can Catch Insanity

    04/19/2015 9:59:46 AM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies
    Nautlus ^ | 4/16/2015 | Andrew Curry
    One day in March 2010, Isak McCune started clearing his throat with a forceful, violent sound. The New Hampshire toddler was 3, with a Beatles mop of blonde hair and a cuddly, loving personality. His parents had no idea where the guttural tic came from. They figured it was springtime allergies. Soon after, Isak began to scream as if in pain and grunt at his parents and peers. When he wasn’t throwing hours-long tantrums, he stared vacantly into space. By the time he was 5, he was plagued by insistent, terrifying thoughts of death. “He would smash his head into...
  • National Zoo's panda Mei Xiang gives birth

    08/23/2013 5:14:29 PM PDT · by Gefn · 5 replies
    The WashingtonPost ^ | August 23, 2013 | Washington Post
    The National Zoo's Giant Panda gave birth to a cub, the zoo said on Friday
  • Giant Pandas Receive Counselling After 7.0 Magnitude Sichuan Earthquake

    05/01/2013 12:05:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook southwest China’s Sichuan province on April 21 traumatized its giant panda population, reported the state-run Xinhua agency. No deaths or injuries of pandas have been reported at the Bifengxia Panda base, located 50 km away from the quake epicenter in Longmen county, Ya’an city, is home to 61 members of the endangered species. Nearly half of them were moved here from the Wolong Natural Reserve five years ago after a 8.0 magnitude quake there. According to video footage, when the quake occurred at 8.02 a.m. Saturday, the pandas were stunned; some later climbed...
  • Panda porn shown in attempt to get two to mate

    03/15/2013 8:09:22 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 15 Mar 2013 | Harry Alsop
    Researchers at China's breeding and research centre were concerned that five-year-old Ke Lin and her partner Yongyong never seemed to be in the mood. So they played the couple a video of pandas mating in the wild to in an effort to get them to mate.
  • Panda Blood Compound 6x More Powerful Than Current Antibiotics

    01/01/2013 1:54:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    DVICE ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | Evan Ackerman
    Panda blood compound 6x more powerful than current antibiotics In what could be either very good news or very bad news for our fluffy black and white friends, it's been discovered that panda blood contains an antibiotic compound that's vastly more powerful than anything we've got right now. Researchers at the Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University in China have extracted a compound called cathelicidin-AM from the blood of giant pandas. Cathelicidin-AM is what's called a gene-encoded antimicrobial peptide, a natural antibiotic that's produced by a panda's immune cells. Testing has shown that cathelicidin-AM can kill even drug resistant...
  • Pandaaahs! Un-bear-ably cute cubs snuggle up in their nursery

    09/28/2011 4:33:29 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    They are a picture of cute that would make anyone say 'aah'. But these Giant Panda cubs, napping peacefully in their nursery, have a far more important role to play. They have been born and raised in the research base of the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu, China, which is attempting to preserve the notoriously sex-shy species.
  • Should We Just Let Pandas Die Off Already?

    09/18/2011 5:20:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Fri 16 Sep 2011
    <p>Pandas. Zoos want them, other bears want to be them (maybe?). But are they really worth all the trouble? Let's fight about it: Point: Pandas Are Awesome!</p> <p>Counterpoint: Pandas Are Terrible!</p> <p>I just want to get this straight right off the bat: I really don't hate pandas.* I just love nature. And nature has made it clear in no uncertain terms that pandas need to die. Now.</p>
  • Green Tea With a Hint of Panda Manure

    09/09/2011 4:11:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    China Daily ^ | 9/5/2011 | Chen Yingqun
    A university teacher has plans to grow green tea using panda manure as fertilizer and sell it at sky-high prices, the West China City Daily reported. An Yanshi, a teacher at southwest China's Sichuan University, learned during a conference that pandas only absorb 30 percent of what they eat, leaving 70 percent of the nutrition in their manure. He then secured a patent to grow tea leaves with panda dung. He expects to sell the tea for 219,865 yuan ($34,422) for half of a kilogram. An's version will be priced 10 times higher than the most expensive tea on the...
  • My mum swears she's a panda, but I'm not sure: Why scientists are dressing up to fool bear cubs

    12/07/2010 8:35:54 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 1+ views
    It gives a whole new meaning to pandering to the kids. But in this case it’s a matter of survival. Chinese conservationists are dressing up in fluffy panda costumes as they help prepare captive-born cubs to live in the wild.
  • The Enormous Carbon Footprint Of Protecting Pandas

    01/29/2010 11:06:05 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 7 replies · 339+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/29/2010 | Sean Higgins
    The local news in Washington, D.C., is making a big deal about the return of the National Zoo’s panda, Tai Shan, to his native China to, ahem, participate in a breeding program. The departure is “breaking the hearts” of the district’s many panda fans, the Washington Post reported. Zoo officials even plan a major going-away party. But apparently pandas only fly first class, and that requires lots of costly jet fuel, generating plenty of carbon emissions.
  • Should We Let the Pandas Die Off?

    10/07/2009 8:52:11 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 71 replies · 2,461+ views
    ICR News ^ | October 7, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Pandas face a difficult future, despite great efforts to preserve them. With their dwindling population, shrinking habitat, and weakening genetic strength, one evolutionist has suggested that these longstanding symbols of the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) should be allowed to die out...
  • Endangered Pandas Adapt to Life After Sichuan Earthquake

    05/11/2009 5:09:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 338+ views
    The Times of London ^ | May 12, 2009 | Jane Macartney
    Gambolling in a toy-filled pen, pandas born after the Chinese earthquake chase each other and turn somersaults, oblivious to how many of them are lucky to be alive. The mothers of the eight-month-old cubs were pregnant when the Sichuan earthquake shattered the mountainside reserve that had been home to China’s national symbols. They were traumatised when the ground shook and boulders as big as cars came down the slopes, killing four keepers and one of the pandas. The last six animals were moved out of the Wolong reserve last month to a home in a similar lush gorge. The base...
  • 'Fake Pandas' Joke Not Funny (China, Taiwan to War Over Fake Panda Incident?)

    04/04/2009 9:48:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 1,117+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | April 3, 2009
    A TAIWANESE newspaper's April Fools' Day story that two giant pandas gifted by China were fakes backfired as politicians and zoo officials failed to see the funny side. The English daily Taipei Times ran a story on Wednesday's science section saying that the animals had been exposed as 'Wenzhou brown forest bears that had been dyed' to resemble pandas. It also quoted a fictional zookeeper as saying that she became suspicious when the bears 'began to spend almost all of their waking hours having sex,' as pandas are known for their low sex drive. 'Their behavior caused chaos. Children screamed...
  • National Zoo Washington, D.C.

    11/25/2008 7:50:42 AM PST · by mft112345 · 4 replies · 458+ views
    Smithsonian National Zoological Park Washington, D.C. Short documentary featuring Pandas, primates and more. Thanks for watching.
  • Pandas have one powerful card to play...

    08/22/2008 2:57:54 PM PDT · by Soliton · 1 replies · 85+ views
    Times Online ^ | 08/23/2008 | Simon Barnes
    There is a 15ft anthropomorphic panda in painted concrete by the media village here opposite the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing. There was a cuddly panda in the goody bag. On my desk here as I write, there is a drawing of a cute panda with a lot of children holding flowers. One world, one sickbag. But I'll tell you something to make you cast cynicism aside: there are still some real pandas left. There are actually more than there were 20 years ago: an 1988 census counted 1,110 pandas left in the wild, but in 2004 there were 1,590....
  • Asustek experiments with bamboo computers

    12/15/2007 5:42:35 PM PST · by dayglored · 71 replies · 189+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | Fri Dec 14, 2007 | Nick Farrell
    ASUSTEK wants to release an eco-friendly laptop made out of bamboo. The Asus Eco Book has a case made out of laminated bamboo strips. Since there is a lot of bamboo in the world and it grows fast it makes it an ideal renewable resource for making PCs out of, thinks Asustek. The processing does mean a few toxins get into the mix, but generally bamboo makes for an eco-friendly alternative. An early version has been shown to hacks at Reuters and engineers are checking to see if the bamboo can take the heat. Asustek has made a leather computer...
  • Panda poop to be recycled into souvenirs

    07/30/2007 2:31:47 PM PDT · by John Cena · 31 replies · 398+ views
    AP) Nothing says "I love you" like a photo frame made from panda poop. The Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base has come up with a dung-for-profit scheme that turns droppings from the endangered species into odor-free souvenirs ranging from bookmarks to Olympic-themed statues of the animals, state media and base officials said Monday. The facility in the southwestern province of Sichuan houses about 40 bamboo-fed pandas who produce less than a ton of excrement a day. "We used to spend at least 6,000 yuan ($770) a month to get rid of the droppings but now they can be lucrative," Jing...
  • (WEIRD) Pandas Shown Porn to Stimulate Sex for Reproduction

    04/30/2007 2:17:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 49 replies · 734+ views
    Breaking News ^ | Monday, April 30 2007 | Mills
    Pandas Shown Porn to Stimulate Sex for Reproduction Monday, April 30 2007 Contributed by: Mills After Thailand's most popular animal couple failed to mate, zoo officials are gearing up for plan B -- a DVD they hope will get Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui in the mood for love, CNN's Narunart Prapanya reported. The pandas' first mating season -- a three-day window -- came last week. Despite a widely-publicized encounter between Chuang Chuang, a 6-year-old male, and 5-year-old Lin Hui, the mating apparently was unsuccessful. Zoo administrator Prasertsak Puttrakul, who leads a team taking care of the pandas, noted they...
  • A roomful of baby panda bears (cuuuuuute picture gallery :-)))

    02/12/2007 2:03:54 PM PST · by lizol · 22 replies · 2,273+ views
    A roomful of baby panda bears At first look, you think they’re stuffed. I mean, how often do you see 16 live baby pandas together? Here’s your chance … The Sichuan Wolong Panda Protection and Breeding Center in southwest China has had a breeding boom. Sixteen pandas – including five sets of twins – have been born since July, 2006. The cubs are weighed and measured every five days. The heaviest cubs weighs a bit over 24 pounds, while the lightest weighs about 11 pounds. The pandas are due to stop suckling this month. Around that same time, the cubs...
  • Panda is too heavy to have sex (Weird But True)

    01/15/2007 7:42:48 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies · 1,458+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 15, 2007 | TATIANA DELIGIANNAKIS
    Thai zookeepers are hoping a low-carb diet will get an overweight panda in the mood to mate. Chuang Chuang, a 330- pound panda, is too heavy to have sex with 253- pound Lin Hui, caretakers said. So they created a special diet for Chuang Chuang - replacing loaves of bread with low-fat bamboo branches. Zookeepers had planned to show the pair "panda porn" - instructional videos on mating techniques - but dropped that idea after research proved that not all pandas respond to the images.
  • Pandas form communities in NW China mountains

    01/02/2007 5:02:26 PM PST · by Shermy · 5 replies · 312+ views
    Xinhua ^ | December 30, 2006
    XI'AN Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Seven panda "villages" of 10 to 20 pandas each have been found in northwest China's Qinling mountains, said experts. "These panda recluses live in stone cave communities in the mountain," said Yong Yange, director of the research institute of Foping National Nature Reserve at the foot of the Qinling mountains in northwest China's Shaanxi Province. The panda breeding caves look just like a village. The black and white villagers can tell to which community a panda belongs by smelling their excrement, Yong said. Social life occurs within the community and the pandas seldom seek contact...
  • Thai zoo to use videos to teach panda to mate

    11/12/2006 11:16:06 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 50 replies · 1,040+ views
    Tornonto Star ^ | Nov. 11, 2006 | REUTERS
    Thai zoo to use videos to teach panda to mate Nov. 11, 2006. 07:34 AM REUTERS BANGKOK ? A Thai zoo, which has hosted a couple of pandas for four years, will play "porn" videos for the male next month to encourage them to breed in captivity, the project manager said on Saturday. The pair ? living chastely together at the zoo in the northern city of Chiang Mai since arriving from China in 2003 ? would be separated in December, but stay close enough for occasional glimpses of each other, said panda project chief Prasertsak Buntrakoonpoontawee. "They don't know...
  • Sex in the Spotlight

    09/27/2005 5:50:03 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 3 replies · 240+ views
    The Morning Paper | 09/27/05 | vanity
    Sex in the Spotlight Beijing: A joint US/Chinese project will use satellite technology-including high-resolution cameras, and GPS tracking-to monitor the sex lives of a group of giant pandas in a wilderness preserve. There are only about 1600 of the animals left in the wild – plus an estimated 150 in captivity – and scientists want to learn the reason for the pandas’ rather low reproduction rate. (Hmm… If we had scientists following us around all the time, I wonder how well we would reproduce ?) The giant pandas might be a bit stand-offish, but a German trio was quite the...
  • Zoo Staff Discovers Panda Cub Is a Male

    08/02/2005 1:16:39 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 16 replies · 1,019+ views
    AP ^ | 8/2/05 | Jacob Adelman
    The National Zoo's giant panda cub still doesn't have a name, but at least caretakers now know its sex. Not that the zoo had a preference. "We're excited to have a healthy panda cub," assistant curator Lisa Stevens said Tuesday. "It doesn't matter what its sex is - just it's good to know so we know whether to call it a 'he' or a 'she.'" Make that "he." Stevens said the panda's mother, 6-year-old Mei Xiang, doesn't care about the sex of her three-and-a-half-week-old cub either, only the tenth giant panda in the country. Giant panda mothers dote on their...
  • Hungry pandas to be moved to new food source

    03/27/2005 4:44:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 672+ views
    China Daily ^ | 2005-03-27
    Nature preserve workers in northwest China's Gansu Province have formulated a rescue plan to save giant pandas from food shortage caused by arrow bamboo flowering. Zhang Kerong, director of the Baishuijiang State Nature Preserve, said that the preserve will intervene and help giant pandas find new food source. Zhang said that at the end of a life of arrow bamboo, a favorite of giant pandas, the plant will flower, seed and die. The giant pandas will not eat the bamboo after it blooms and it takes 10 years for a new supply to grow. The bamboo blooming in the early...
  • Bamboo leaves pandas hungry Fussy animals won't eat the plant while it blossoms

    12/19/2004 5:30:11 PM PST · by bayourod · 16 replies · 883+ views
    Bamboo leaves pandas hungry Fussy animals won't eat the plant while it blossoms BEIJING - A shortage of the staple food of China's giant panda will leave 19 of the rare animals scrounging to keep hunger at bay for as long as a decade in a reserve in the mountainous southwest, Xinhua news agency said Thursday. Pandas are unable to eat arrow bamboo when the plant flowers, meaning the animals will have little to eat in the area for the next 10 years, the minimum period for the plant to become edible again. "The blossoming area now accounts for 20...
  • Panda handstand makes its mark

    11/26/2004 7:21:25 AM PST · by MississippiMasterpiece · 4 replies · 424+ views
    BBC ^ | November 25, 2004 | Staff
    Remarkable new film of wild pandas shows how the rare bears engage in some gymnastics to mark their territory. Pandas can adopt four distinct postures to deposit scent, with probably the strangest being the handstand. The bear goes upside down on its front paws with the aim of pushing its urine as high up a tree trunk as possible. The amazing pictures were taken in the Quingling mountain range of north-west China, and will be shown on BBC One's Bears - Spy In The Woods programme. It is said to be the first time wild pandas have been filmed in...
  • Sex videos now compulsory for pandas

    06/27/2002 5:33:11 AM PDT · by 2Trievers · 49 replies · 12,019+ views
    Ananova ^ | June 27 2002
    Sex education vidoes have been made compulsory for adult giant pandas in China to stop the endangered species becoming extinct.The China Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre in Sichuan say the videos featuring both wild and captive pandas having sex will encourage them to mate.Researchers are now making all male pandas who reach sexual maturity watch the videos following successful experiments with so-called panda porn.Xinhua says the dwindling numbers of giant pandas is partly due to their relatively low fertility rate, which is reduced further in captivity.Only 10% of giant pandas in captivity are capable of natural mating and just...