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    Just read that the Panda House is closed today, so scared for BeiBei. Praying that everything is okay!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mykittysmama [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Just read that the Panda House is closed today, so scared for BeiBei. Praying that everything is okay!
    I'm right there with you, mkm !

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    Bei Bei Update: Nov. 28, 2017


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    UPDATE: The panda team monitored Bei Bei overnight Monday and watched for any changes, or evidence of another mucous stool. His symptoms did not worsen overnight, but did not improve. He did defecate this morning, but as an extra precaution veterinarians will perform an exam this morning while Bei Bei is under anesthesia to take a closer look at him. The panda house will be closed today, but visitors can see Mei Xiang and Tian Tian in their outdoor yards.

    VETERINARY EXAM UPDATE: Bei Bei’s veterinary exam went very well. Veterinarians took radiographs, blood samples and a urine sample, and looked in his stomach and colon with an endoscope camera. There was evidence consistent with a mucous stool, but they did not find an intestinal blockage. The lab results were normal, except for some bacteria in his urine suggestive of a possible urinary tract infection. Dr. Josh Hobbs from Friendship Hospital for Animals performed an abdominal ultrasound, which confirmed these findings. Veterinarians suspect that Bei Bei continued to feel sick from his mucous stool on Sunday, Nov. 26, causing his reluctance to eat and decreased stool production. They gave him fluids and medication to alleviate his nausea and started him on antibiotics for a possible urinary tract infection.

    Bei Bei is back at the panda house and recovering well. Keepers will continue to monitor him for the rest of the day and overnight. They will start reintroducing tender pieces of bamboo and leaf-eater biscuits to him this afternoon, and encourage him to drink by offering him small amounts of diluted juice or honey water in a water bowl. Since he returned to the panda house he has urinated and defecated several times.

    The panda house will reopen tomorrow and visitors will be able to see Bei Bei, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. Bei Bei will begin venturing outside again after keepers are confident that he is eating and drinking normally. Visitors will notice that he has a shaved patch of fur on his belly where veterinarians performed an ultrasound.

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    So happy!
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    Pic of BeiBei during his exam today.


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    The story of Pan Pan, daddy Tian's father who passed away last year.


    The Complicated Legacy Of A Panda Who Was Really Good At Sex

    Nov 28, 2017


    Karen Wille saw her panda friend for the last time in July 2016. He was in bad shape. He was skinny. His once-sleek black-and-white fur had dulled. Wille, a board member and volunteer with the nonprofit Pandas International, knew better than to expect wildlife-calendar perfection, airbrushed and coiffed. Even the most charismatic of megafauna have off days. Behind the big eyes and rounded frames that signal vulnerability and cuddliness to the human brain, pandas are real, live, 200-pound bears. Bears that can shred your flesh. Bears that roll around in the dirt and turn themselves dingy gray. Bears that grow old and frail.

    But it was still hard to see reality catching up to her friend. Wille had been to China to visit this specific bear many times before. This time, though, nobody wanted to talk much about how he was doing. His keepers were more protective than normal. Wille had about five minutes with him — enough time for a pat on the head and a carrot. She was heartbroken, but not surprised, when he died five months later.

    His name was Pan Pan. It translates to something like “hope,” an identity that likely meant one thing when he was an abandoned, sick cub on a Chinese mountainside and something very different later in his life.

    When he died from cancer on Dec. 28, 2016, the 31-year-old Pan Pan was the world’s panda paterfamilias: the oldest known living male and the panda (male or female) with the most genetic contribution to the species’ captive population. Today, there are 520 pandas living in research centers and zoos, mostly in China. Chinese officials say more than 130 of them are descendants of Pan Pan.

    Pan Pan saved his species by being really, really, ridiculously good at sex. Before Pan Pan, experts thought that building up a stable population of captive pandas was going to require extensive use of artificial insemination. Pan Pan not only led the way on reproducing in captivity, he taught us that pandas were perfectly capable of doing it for themselves — and they’re now increasingly allowed to do so. Scientists say giant pandas represent, hands down, the most successful captive animal breeding program humans have ever embarked on, and, partly, we have Pan Pan to thank. He was a big, fluffy stud muffin, and he was beloved. “It sounds kind of weird,” Wille said of their first meeting in 2012. “Most people want to meet rock stars or movie stars. I wanted to meet Pan Pan. He was a legend.”

    From the edge of extinction, Pan Pan (and pandas) emerged triumphant. And their success is also ours — proof that maybe humans really can clean up the ecological messes that we make. In September 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature declared pandas to no longer be endangered. The animal whose image literally represents the fight against extinction is now merely “vulnerable.” Humans can ride off into the sunset with our heads held high.

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    To what to my wandering eyes should appear...Bei out in his yard eating & climbing. Great to see, @houseofcubs!









    So happy to see BeiBei outside after the scare!
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    Yay, Bei Bei!!!

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    BeiBei's cute shaved belly!


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    The world according to @houseofcubs.


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    Mei Xiang and Tian Tian 12/10/17


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    The elegant Mei Xiang @MommyMei98 practicing her dance steps on Tuesday morning.


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    That ah ha moment when Bei Bei Panda @houseofcubs spots the cookies left for him by his keepers. A chilly but sunny Friday morning at @FONZNationalZoo.


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    Bei: Me gonna pole vault over da fence.








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    Is anything more adorable than Bei Bei Panda @houseofcubs having bamboo in this perfect spot? What a beautiful Tuesday morning in DC.


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    Giant Pandas in Winter

    Dec 19, 2017


    As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, the pandas are spending more time in their yards. Panda keepers sometimes get asked by the visitors why we place the bamboo and enrichment items in the places that we do when we set up the yards. The answer is simple—we make our choices with the pandas in mind. For example, we know that the pandas typically like to have something to lean against while eating bamboo, so we place the bamboo next to a log or a tree—a built in backrest! The pandas are also creatures of habit, and have preferred eating spots, where they consistently eat more bamboo than they do in other areas of the yard. Each feeding, we make sure to place bamboo and enrichment in at least one of their favorite spots. We also need to make sure that we don’t place the puzzle feeders right next to the pools, because a feeder full of soggy biscuits quickly loses its enrichment value!

    Yard swapping is a form of social enrichment. Giant pandas are territorial and adults do not spend time together outside of breeding season, but they do communicate through scent marks. They make scent marks using a gland under their tails that secretes an oily substance. The smell is very interesting to giant pandas and contains information about the panda who left it. When the pandas swap yards, they have the opportunity to investigate scent marks and explore different yards. Tian Tian will sometimes spend almost an entire day smelling and scent marking a different yard, especially when he is rut, as he is now. Last Tuesday, Mei Xiang and Bei Bei swapped yards in the morning. Tian Tian noticed his new neighbor and the two spent some time looking at each other through the howdy mesh window, but Tian Tian soon wandered away. Mei Xiang had some scent marks to explore in Bei’s yard, too, as we have already seen him beginning to scent mark.

    The cold weather has also brought out the playful side of the pandas. Mei Xiang had a long play session in the first snowfall of December, climbing trees and rolling down the hill in her yard. And her play sessions have continued this past week.

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    Tian Tian Update

    Dec 19, 2017


    Since his veterinary exam last month, Tian Tian has been receiving specially made biscuits courtesy of the Department of Nutrition Science. Veterinarians performed a preventative health exam as a precaution in November because Tian Tian had lost some weight during the spring and summer months and they wanted to take a closer look at him. They did not find anything abnormal during the exam, but Tian Tian may be showing some changes that are normal for an older bear. It’s possible that his gastro-intestinal tract is not as efficient as it once was at extracting energy out of what he eats. The good news is that Tian Tian’s weight held steady in November and increased in December. He now weighs 266 pounds (120.8 kilos).

    Our clinical nutritionists created the special biscuit recipe to supplement Tian Tian’s usual diet of bamboo, leaf-eater biscuits and fresh produce. This new biscuit is made from regular leaf-eater biscuits, two other high-fiber biscuits and beet pulp. Beet pulp is a great source of fiber. After weighing and mixing the biscuit “dough,” nutritionists chill the mixture, shape the dough into small biscuits by hand, and dry them in a special oven overnight. The following day, they are delivered to Tian Tian who eagerly eats his special biscuits along with the rest of his food. Nutritionists tried three different recipes before arriving at the current recipe, which offers the right balance of taste and nutrition.

    Tian Tian is receiving about one pound (500 grams) of the special biscuits each day, and he will continue to get them until his weight returns to a more normal range for him. He may no longer need them when he starts eating bamboo culm (stalk) instead of leaves. Giant pandas eat the culm in the winter months and leaves in the warmer months, but Tian Tian has not made that transition quite yet. The biscuits have not replaced any of his normal diet. He is still eating bamboo, regular leaf-eater biscuits and produce.

    The biscuit-making process is labor-intensive, so our nutritionists have enlisted the help of animal care staff from around the Zoo and volunteers with Friends of the National Zoo. The entire process can look very similar to a holiday cookie assembly line!

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    Bei Bei Update

    Dec 19, 2017


    Veterinarians have a better idea of what may have caused Bei Bei’s mucous stools last month. While Bei Bei’s initial laboratory results from his veterinary exam were fairly normal, a culture of his stool later indicated that he had an overgrowth of bacteria that can contribute to gastro-intestinal upset—essentially an upset stomach. After treatment, he has returned to normal and is doing well.

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    Bei Bei 12/20/17


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    Thanks for these updates, mkm, very interesting how fine-tuned the panda care is .

    I'm happy to see they were able to diagnose Bei Bei's most recent tummy troubles, poor boy, I hope he doesn't have to deal with that again.

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    Gymnastics up this high in the tree? Ok, you are The Bei. @FONZNationalZoo








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    Fuzzy photos of a fuzzy little bear in a tree...panda gymnastics practice early this morning.











    Bei Bei is such a little daredevil, scares me to death!
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    Here's the circus performance from today. Our talented little bear worked hard!


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    Great pictures. So thankful you shared them with us.

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    Bei Bei is quite the little (BIG) smarty pants!

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    Bei: It was beary cold today but some of my pawblic came to see me anyway. So, I put on quite the show. @FONZNationalZoo








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    Whoa!! @houseofcubs got a Tubbietanic!!


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