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It’s a girl! National Zoo reveals new panda cub’s gender

The giant panda cub born 13 days ago at the National Zoo in Washington is female and she has a live-in dad, the zoo said Thursday. “We have another girl in our family,” said research scientist Jesus Maldonado of the zoo’s genetics center as father Tian Tian lounged in the…

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…

Conservations wait as time is ripe for pandas to breed

The clock is ticking, and the heat is on. A giant male panda loaned to Britain by China has just 36 hours to make his move on his female companion or he’ll have to wait another year. Conservationists at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland put Yang Guang together in the same…

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…

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