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Bamboo-munching Giant Panda also has a sweet tooth, scientists find

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Giant pandas eat plenty of veggies, but apparently they like dessert, too. Scientists studying the endangered black-and-white bears said on Thursday that while pandas almost exclusively eat bamboo, which contains only tiny amounts of sugars, they showed a strong preference for natural sweeteners in…

British pandas dry-hump but fail to complete coitus in fertility window

Britain’s only giant pandas failed to mate during their 36-hour window of opportunity, Edinburgh Zoo said Thursday. It was “close, but no cigar”, the zoo said, after Yang Guang (Sunshine) mounted female panda Tian Tian (Sweetie) several times, without full mating taking place. The pandas are spending 10 years on…

Pandas removed from public view due to colic

LONDON — The two giant pandas living at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland were removed from public view this weekend after falling ill with colic, a zoo spokeswoman said on Sunday. Yang Guang, the male panda, began suffering from the condition earlier this month and now Tian Tian, the female, has…

World’s oldest panda, 34, dies in China

BEIJING (AFP) – Ming Ming, the world’s oldest panda, has died of old age, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday. She was 34. Ming Ming was rescued in Pingwu country in the southwest province Sichuan in 1977 and had resided in Xiangjiang Wild Animal World, a safari park in southern…

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