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    Bei Bei


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    Mommy Mei is so beautiful!








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    Bei: "I'm getting pretty good at this camouflage stuff!" #pandastory #BeTheBei


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    @tiantianpanda97 ������@MommyMei98 Hullo my lovely,...how are you doing ? resting again ? Surely this must be a sign ������ do we have any cigars?







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    Bei Bei Panda @houseofcubs the moment he realized his treat container went over the side...


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    Aw, Bei Bei wants his treats!

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    Mei Xiang‏ @MommyMei98 6h6 hours ago

    @houseofcubs always has to have something with him when he sleeps. He does love his mr loggies





    ETA So true, he always sleeps with something, his ball etc.
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    News about mama Mei.

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    And they're back... Tian Tian @tiantianpanda97 and his mallard BFF.






    ETA That is so adorable, a big Panda and his friend the duck!
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    Mama Mei is one beary relaxed panda.


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    In Search of a Three-ounce Bundle of Panda

    Aug 11, 2017


    Veterinarians have started giving Mei Xiang weekly ultrasounds. Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Endocrine Lab have detected a rise in her hormones, which indicates that Mei Xiang will either give birth or experience the end of a pseudopregnancy in 30 to 50 days. It’s too early to see a possible cub on an ultrasound, but veterinarians are tracking changes in her uterus.

    Veterinarians do not anesthetize Mei Xiang for ultrasounds, which means they need her to choose to participate in the procedure. However, keepers and veterinarians work closely with Mei Xiang to make her comfortable with having an ultrasound. Keepers ask her to lie down with her belly exposed, while veterinarians touch her with an ultrasound probe. If she chooses to participate she receives some of her favorite treats—like honey water and pears. If she does not want to participate, she can leave the training chute.

    A panda’s gestation can range anywhere between three to six months, primarily because the embryo doesn’t implant in the uterus wall immediately after fertilization but rather floats for several weeks. As a result, “you can usually see a fetus at the end of the pregnancy but not early on like in human beings,” says Pierre Comizzoli, a research biologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Because of the small size, it’s also difficult to detect a fetus heart rate.

    Still, in hopes of seeing something, every year, about a month after scientists inseminate Mei Xiang, they begin performing ultrasounds. “We’ve started doing ultrasounds on Mei Xiang to get her back in the practice of doing ultrasounds," says Laurie Thompson, assistant curator of giant pandas. Veterinarians also hope to see a change in the uterus, although that will likely happen closer to Mei Xiang’s delivery—if she is pregnant.

    Unfortunately, detecting a fetus doesn’t guarantee birth of a cub. The female could miscarry or possibly reabsorb the fetus.

    If Mei Xiang does give birth, however, her cub or cubs will be tiny—barely weighing 5 ounces, which is roughly 1/900th the mother’s weight. Cubs are extremely undeveloped at birth, unable to open their eyes or move on their own for at least a few months.

    August Birthdays

    Bei Bei and Tian Tian are celebrating birthdays later this month! Bei Bei is turning two years old. As a special treat, he will get a special ice cake made by the Zoo’s department of nutrition, in his yard at 10 a.m. on his birthday, Aug. 22. Tian Tian is turning 20 years old on Aug. 27. He will also get a special cake in his yard on his birthday at 9 a.m. As always, the celebrations will be broadcast on the panda cams.


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    ^^ very interesting, I hope we can look forward to a new panda cub in the near future!

    ETA: and some panda birthdays coming up, too...'little' (lol) Bei Bei is almost 2...and daddy almost 20, wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryjane View Post
    ^^ very interesting, I hope we can look forward to a new panda cub in the near future!

    ETA: and some panda birthdays coming up, too...'little' (lol) Bei Bei is almost 2...and daddy almost 20, wow!
    I can't believe it was 2 years ago that I watched "little Bei Bei" pop out from mama Mei...lol
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    Published on Aug 15, 2017

    Giant panda Bei Bei uses his mother Mei Xiang's technique to retrieve a biscuit from a yellow seltzer bottle. At Smithsonian's National Zoo's Giant Panda Habitat on August 11, 2017.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mykittysmama View Post
    I can't believe it was 2 years ago that I watched "little Bei Bei" pop out from mama Mei...lol
    And he was so tiny...and look at him now !

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    Published on Aug 15, 2017

    Giant panda Bei Bei uses his mother Mei Xiang's technique to retrieve a biscuit from a yellow seltzer bottle. At Smithsonian's National Zoo's Giant Panda Habitat on August 11, 2017.
    Smart boy...mama taught him well .

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    Beginning today, Aug.*18, the David M. Rubenstein*Family Giant Panda Habitat will be partially closed to keep a quiet area around female giant panda Mei Xiang’s den. Although keepers*are not able to confirm if she is pregnant, Mei Xiang is exhibiting expected, normal behaviors after the secondary hormone rise that are in line with both a pregnancy and pseudo, or false, pregnancy. She is building a nest in her den, has a decreased appetite, is sleeping more and is reacting to loud noises. Paws-crossed!

    Pandas, like several other species, can undergo pseudopregnancies, where they do everything they would if they were pregnant. At the end of a pseudopregnancy, however, hormone levels return to baseline and females’ energy levels and behavior return to normal. We’ll continue to share updates via social media but also encourage you to sign up for the Zoo’s Giant Panda Bulletin. And then, there’s always*the*panda cam!


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    Gorgeous boy Bei Bei!








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    Look how happy our princess is!��❤️&cheeky too ���� love these pics! Bao Bao in China.






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    So nice to see her happy after her move .

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    Happy 2nd Birthday to my little man Bei Bei!








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    Happy Birthday beautiful boy.

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    Continued Birthday Pics






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    Lol, love the 'cake' smeared on his forehead...typical 2 year old!

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    Happy 4th Birthday Bao Bao!




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    HAPPY BIFDAY @pinkypanda0823 !!! WE LOVE YA TO DA MOON AND BACK ❤️❤️❤️
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    Happy 20th Birthday daddy Tian Tian!



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    Mei Xiang‏ @MommyMei98 6h6 hours ago

    We got @LarryMouseAtZoo a big cheese wheel and wheel for him to play on for his birthday #happybirthdaylarry







    LOL...Happy Birthday Larry Mouse!
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    Pics from yesterday, a rare sight: Mei @MommyMei98 ignoring treats & a carrot...only when (maybe) expecting a cubbie.... ������ #Pandastory


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    Behavior Watch for Mei Xiang Begins

    Sept 8, 2017


    The panda team is still waiting to find out if Mei Xiang will give birth or if she is experiencing a pseudopregnancy. Giant pandas’ hormones and behavior mimic a pregnancy even if they are experiencing a pseudopregnancy. The only way to definitively tell if a female is pregnant before she gives birth is to detect a fetus on an ultrasound. Keepers and veterinarians have been working with Mei Xiang to make her comfortable with ultrasounds and incorporate them into her regular routine since July. She has been choosing to participate in them, and veterinarians have been tracking changes in her reproductive tract, but they have not seen anything definitive yet.

    Specially trained volunteers with Friends of the National Zoo and the panda team began a 24-hour-a-day behavior watch on Mei Xiang Sept. 5. They are monitoring her through the panda cams and recording data on the different behaviors she displays. She has been exhibiting behaviors consistent with pregnancy and pseudopregnancy, as the panda team expected. She is usually more alert in the mornings and has been greeting keepers at the door to her enclosure when they start their day, but then spends most of her day sleeping. In the afternoons, she often wakes up and nest-builds in her den for short periods.

    Since Mei Xiang is spending all of her time inside the panda house, which is closed to provide quiet for her, Tian Tian has been spending time in his yard and Mei Xiang’s yard. He has also been taking advantage of the cooler autumn temperatures that have descended on the Washington, D.C., area and occasionally naps outside.

    Tian Tian had a routine blood draw yesterday, and really enjoyed the scent of the rubbing alcohol that veterinarians used to disinfect the area around the vein where they took the sample. After the blood draw he scent-anointed himself with the alcohol—rubbing it all over his ears, head and belly. Giant pandas will scent-anoint themselves with different smells that they like. He even stuck his arm back out in the blood draw position after he was finished, as if he was asking for more.

    Bei Bei has been spending the majority of his time outside lately and is also enjoying the cooler weather. Last week, he played in his yard, lazily splashing in his pool, rolling around with puzzle feeders and balls, and napping in the trees. He is 165 pounds now and counting!


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    Fingers crossed there's a baby in there !

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