“Remembering a panda cub we barely knew”

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Sad news from The National Zoo, Washington, DC:
The giant panda cub born to Mei Xiang on 16 September 2012 has died.

From the Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s website:

“SEPTEMBER 23
We are brokenhearted to share that we have lost our little giant panda cub. Panda keepers and volunteers heard Mei Xiang make a distress vocalization at 9:17 a.m. and let the veterinarian staff know immediately. They turned off the panda cam and were able to safely retrieve the cub for an evaluation at 10:22 a.m., which we only do in situations of gravest concern. The veterinarians immediately performed CPR and other life-saving measures, but sadly the cub was unresponsive. We’ll have more updates as we learn more, but right now we know is that the cub weighed just under 100 grams and that there was no outward sign of trauma or infection. We’ll share information with you as we learn more.”

Amidst the various articles resulting from the official announcement was this reflection on the cub’s death:

Remembering a panda cub we barely knew

And in the piece, this paragraph stood out:

One detail was especially sorrowful: It was Mei Xiang’s “distress vocalization” that prompted keepers to check on the newborn. She knew something was wrong.

Three panda cubs moved from Bifengxia to Dalian

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The three cubs moved to Dalian are:

Jin Hu (male)
DOB 8 July 2010
Mother Zhu Yun

Fei Yun (female)
DOB 30 July 2010
Mother Fei Fei

Cai Zhen (female)
DOB 9 August 2010
Mother Ge Ge

Source:
National Treasure has come to Dalian!

Coming to Malaysia

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Fu Wa, male panda

Feng Yi, female panda

Their new home – Taman Wetland*, Putrajaya, Malaysia


*somewhere among the green patches on the map

Expected Arrival

Not so soon …

At the nursery in Bifengxia Panda Base

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One of Xi Mei’s cubs

Xi Mei gave birth to twins, male (older) and female (younger), at Bifengxia Panda Base on 11 July 2012. As she cannot care for both at the same time, one of them was taken to be raised in the nursery at birth while the other remained with her, but they are swapped every few days so they can each spend time with her.

At 2 months old, her cubs have outgrown the incubator and now sleep in a wicker basket in the nursery.

One of Long Xin’s cubs

Long Xin gave birth to twins, both girls, at Old Wolong on 28 July 2012. One of them was later brought back to Bifengxia Panda Base and is currently in an incubator in the nursery there. At almost 7 weeks old, the cub is strong enough to lift her head and look around her.

One of Si Xue’s cubs

Si Xue gave birth to twins at Old Wolong on 15 August 2012. One of them was later brought back to Bifengxia Panda Base and is currently in an incubator in the nursery there.

Born in 2006, Si Xue is also the first from that year to become a mother.

Tale of a lounger and the new resident

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Fu Long’s ex lounger

The round disc of wood is the right armrest of the lounger in Fu Long’s ex enclosure. The panda living there when I visited in May 2012 was Cui Cui. Is she responsible for what happened??

“Yeah, I did it. You got a problem with that?”

Everyone, meet Ling Ling, father of many cubs, including (off the top of my head) Taipei Zoo’s Tuan Tuan.

Ling Ling and Cui Cui swapped enclosures just yesterday. When I saw the lounger this afternoon, I asked keeper Liu Yi if Cui Cui had done it. I didn’t think the new resident was responsible since he’d just moved in. But keeper Liu said it was Ling Ling’s handiwork.

He seems to like it this way, too.