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This picture taken on October 30, 2012 shows two giant pandas having their meal in their new home in the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Wolong, southwest China's Sichuan province. The first 18 giant pandas returned to their new home in the newly reconstructed China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center Base after it was damaged in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

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This picture taken on October 30, 2012 shows a giant panda climbing a tree in its new home in the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Wolong, southwest China's Sichuan province. The first 18 giant pandas returned to their new home in the newly reconstructed China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center Base after it was damaged in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

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'Jia Jia', a panda from China, bites some bamboo leaves in its enclosure during the official opening at the River Safari in Singapore on November 28, 2012. Two giant pandas, aged four and five-years old and on loan from China for 10 years to the Wildlife Reserve Singapore (WRS).

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'Kai Kai', a panda from China, bites into some bamboo in its enclosure during a media preview at the River Safari in Singapore on October 29, 2012. Two giant pandas, aged four and five-years old and on loan from China for 10 years to the Wildlife Reserve Singapore (WRS) - the parent company to the city's Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, are being housed in a custom-built 1,500 square metre (16,145 square foot) enclosure costing 6.9 million USD within WRS's newest attraction, the River Safari.

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This photo taken on November 17, 2012 shows a female contestant feeding panda bears n Chengdu Panda Valley in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province. French contestant Jerome Serge Pouille, Chinese contestant Chen Yinrong and American contestant Melissa Rose Katz, the top three winners from the Global Search for Chengdu Pambassador 2012 contest will serve as the Chengdu Pambassador for a year, accepting trainings at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding before travelling around the world to all the countries and regions that have giant pandas.

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This November 17, 2012 photo shows panda bears being fed in Chengdu Panda Valley in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province. French contestant Jerome Serge Pouille, Chinese contestant Chen Yinrong and American contestant Melissa Rose Katz, the top three winners from the Global Search for Chengdu Pambassador 2012 contest will serve as the Chengdu Pambassador for a year, taking part in a training scheme at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding before travelling around the world to all the countries and regions that have giant pandas.

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This is not an illusion. This is a real animal.

Panda Cub’s Eyes Begin to Open During Fourth Exam at San Diego Zoo

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The panda cub at the San Diego Zoo is starting to take a peek at the great, big world around him. During an exam on Wednesday morning, animal care staff could see the cub’s eyes beginning to open. This is right on track for this 45-day old male cub. It will take about another 20 days for the eyes to be fully open. ..The cub now weighs 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) and measures a bit more than 16 inches long (41.5 centimeters). Animal care staff are pleased with his growth and his weight gain; his abdominal and chest girth – 11.8 inches and 12 inches, respectively – show that he is nursing well from his mother, Bai Yun. ..The San Diego Zoo follows the Chinese cultural tradition of naming the giant panda after it is 100 days old. Starting Sept. 17, 2012, the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy will begin taking name suggestions for the male cub on its website, http://www.sandiegozooglobal.org . .The names must be submitted in Chinese pinyin, which is the official system to transcribe Chinese characters into Latin script, and significance of the name must be included to be considered. The Zoo will take submissions until Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. ..Panda fans can watch Mom and cub in the den at www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam to help them get ideas for the cub’s name....

via The San Diego Zoo blog

Panda mother Bai Yun immediately cuddles her cub after birth.

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The San Diego Zoo unveiled the name of the sixth giant panda born at the Zoo during a public ceremony on Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012. Rick Gulley (left) president of the San Diego Zoo Global Board of Trustees and Ron Swaisgood, Ph.D. (right), co-head of the Giant Panda Team for San Diego Zoo Global, revealed a photo of the cub showing his name - Xiao Liwu. The name means “little gift.” Pronunciation is sshyaoww (falling then rising tone) lee (falling then rising tone) woo (falling tone).


The Telegraph reports a substance found in the blood of endangered Giant Pandas could lead to new antibiotic weapons in the fight against human extinction.

Researchers in China discovered Giant Panda blood contains a powerful antibiotic compound that can destroy in one hour the same bacteria that takes other well-known antibiotics six hours to kill.

Luckily there is no need to harvest the antibiotic from the protected creatures. The compound — a peptide called cathelicidin-AM believed to be produced by immune cells — has been artificially synthesized in a lab, scientists say.

They believe the discovery can be "used to create potent new treatments against drug resistant superbugs and other diseases...or as an antiseptic for cleaning surfaces and utensils," reports The Telegraph

Lead researcher Dr. Xiuwen Yan says the peptide: "showed potential antimicrobial activities against  a wide spectrum of microorganisms including bacteria and fungi, both standard and drug-resistant strains."

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Baby panda ceremony: San Diego Zoo's giant panda cub named 'Little Gift'

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The San Diego Zoo unveiled the name of the sixth giant panda born at the Zoo during a public ceremony on Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012. Rick Gulley (left) president of the San Diego Zoo Global Board of Trustees and Ron Swaisgood, Ph.D. (right), co-head of the Giant Panda Team for San Diego Zoo Global, revealed a photo of the cub showing his name - Xiao Liwu. The name means “little gift.” Pronunciation is sshyaoww (falling then rising tone) lee (falling then rising tone) woo (falling tone).

The San Diego Zoo's new baby panda has an official name — Xiao Liwu or "Little Gift."

The public naming ceremony took place Nov. 13 (watch the video below), 100 days after his birth, per Chinese tradition. Earlier this month, officials released unrelentingly adorable footage of the giant baby poof getting his 11th veterinary exam. There was much squealing and prancing. On both sides of the computer.

San Diego Zoo blog post on Tuesday's ceremony's details a performance of costumed dancers and praise from the consulate-general of the People’s Republic of China, Qiu Shaofang, regarding the Zoo's giant panda conservation efforts.

According to the official release, the Zoo received more than 7,000 name submissions for the panda cub, which were narrowed down to six choices. Nearly 35,000 votes were registered via public, online voting. The winning name, Xiao Liwu, described the cub as "a precious, little gift to our world.

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San Diego Zoo's new baby panda video is 56 seconds of unbearable mirth

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This is not an illusion. This is a real animal.

Like 1,ooo cotton balls squished together with eyes and claws, the San Diego Zoo's new baby panda video is cuter than whatever you are doing at this moment. (Watch the video below.)

San Diego Zoo officials released the new footage Thursday of the baby poof who will one day become a giant getting his 11th veterinary exam. There is squealing and prancing and camera mugging and tickling, and don't be alarmed if hyperventilating occurs (yours, not the panda) during the viewing.

He who shall not be named — until 100 days after his birth, per Chinese tradition — is the sixth giant panda born at the San Diego Zoo. His arrival set the current record for the most giant panda cubs born at a breeding facility outside of China.

Voting on the special creature's name has ended, but a public naming ceremony is planned for Nov. 13. 

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