In order to show China Giant Panda protecting and breeding achievements and all circles of the society for the protection and efforts of giant pandas, to enhance the people to protect endangered wild animal consciousness, Chinese wild animal protection association, China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center (referred to as " Research Center “) together with the Oxford science film company, will be shoot in research center of Wolong base and Ya'an base.
A global broadcast 3D movie “Chinese Giant Panda ". The film will be broadcasting in every country of the world on television, but also broadcast cycle in most of the world's major museums and institutions as public education film.
At present, research center of Ya'an base was doing a series of preparatory work before shooting, plans holding opening ceremony on 20th August at the Ya'an International Film Week Press conference.
The Washington Post has just reported through Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, September 23, 12:09 PM AP:
Giant panda cub born Sept. 16 at National Zoo in Washington dies; cause of death not known
"WASHINGTON — A giant panda cub born last weekend at the National Zoo in Washington has died.
Zoo officials say the cub was found dead Sunday morning after panda keepers heard sounds of distress from its mother, Mei Xiang.
Staffers were able to retrieve the cub about an hour later. The cause of death is unknown. The cub appeared to be in good condition, and there were no outward signs of trauma or infection.
The cub had been a surprise at the zoo. Fourteen-year-old Mei Xiang had five failed pregnancies before giving birth.
Panda cubs are born about the size of a stick of butter and are delicate infants.
They’re at risk for infections and so small that it’s not unheard of for panda moms to accidentally crush their young.
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My own response to this news is first off, this leaves alot of questions, as I don't know how accurate this article is. My first is why did it take the zoo an hour to remove the cub when Mei began to vocalize her distress. Other zoos have small doors built into the den areas so that they can reach in and remove the cub if needed, ASAP. Maybe the NZ did I don't know.
The zoo has incubators why didn't they remove the cub to ensure it was healthy and doing well and then place him/her back with Mei. What is the purpose of having incubators if you don't use them. I know incubators are also needed in case of twins being born but as an example, Zoo Atlanta removed their newly born cub from Lun Lun right away when they realized their cub was thought to be struggling. They saved his life and helped him to overcome an infection.
The NZ has been very public about returning Mei Xiang or Tian Tian or both back to China because of pregnancy issues. What I don't understand is how you cannot feel privileged with having two 'endangered giant panda's in your care but instead publicly report that you want to switch them out because you think they are damaged goods.
This has been a sore spot for me since they began talking about this and publishing it in the media. Sorry, to those who feel no one should criticize a zoo, as I have been told many times, but today, with this tragic news, I just have to question what are the Smithsonian National Zoo's priorities?
In answer to my questions concerning the process that the zoo staff used to get to the mother or cub in case of an emergency, is an article in the Washington Post that explains their that very process.
The distress call had gone out at the National Zoo: The week-old giant panda cub was in trouble, perhaps dying, and the keepers had to get it out of the den for treatment, with its agitated 240-pound mother a few feet away.
It was a practiced but dangerous maneuver. Standing behind protective bars, one keeper, Marty Dearie, distracted the adult female with honey-flavored water, while another, Juan Rodriguez, reached in with a long-handled “grabber” and pulled the cub through the bars.
he baby was then whisked to the keepers’ office in the panda compound where veterinarian Nancy Boedeker used her fingers to do gentle heart massage on an animal that weighed about four ounces.
But there was no heartbeat and no respiration, and after about 10 minutes Boedeker stopped. The zoo’s giant panda cub, born amid hope and fanfare Sept. 16, was pronounced dead at 10:28 a.m., after a life of not quite 61 / 2 days.
Somber zoo officials on Sunday painted this portrait of the cub’s final moments, along with the effort of keepers and veterinarians to save its life.
The cub’s sudden death struck the zoo community on a beautiful fall morning, as the facility on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest Washington was thronged with visitors. The staff was “devastated,” zoo director Dennis Kelly said.
“I’m worried about my keepers,” he said. “They’ve got 2,000 animals to take care of, and they’ve got to remain safe.”
And it upended, for now, all the plans for a new era of giant pandas at the National Zoo and in the Washington region. Zoo officials said it was too early to discuss what they might do about their pandas in the future.
The zoo’s giant panda population stands at two: Mei Xiang, the cub’s mother, and mate Tian Tian, its father. The cub was so small that the zoo did not yet know its sex.
“Distressed vocalizations” from Mei Xiang were heard at about 9:17 a.m. Sunday, and keepers realized “this is not right, this is not good,” zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson said.
Kelly said Mei Xiang “got up and moved off of where she was holding the cub, and made a honk,” which was unusual for her. “We surmised that that was a distress call,” he said.
The keepers also had stopped hearing the cub’s healthy squealing, which had gone on for a week and was a sign of a thriving newborn.
Emergency protocols were activated, and within minutes a team of four keepers and two veterinarians had assembled in the keepers’ office in the panda house.
The effort to extract the cub from the den was delicate. “[Mei Xiang] is a 240-pound wild bear with maternal instincts,” Kelly said. “And she’s upset.”
First the keepers tried calling Mei Xiang to get her out of the den, but that didn’t work, zoo officials said.
Then Dearie and Rodriguez entered an area adjacent to the den, where they were protected by bars but could reach the cub if they could distract the mother.
Dearie did so by splashing honey water near her, and at about 10:15 a.m. Rodriquez got the cub.
He handed it to Dearie, who rushed the cub to the keepers’ office, which is stocked with incubators and other emergency equipment.
You can read the rest of the article at this link:
As Mei holds her little cub very close keeping him/her warm and guiding the little one to her nipples so that they will take in the precious milk that helps the cub to grow healthy, eventually she will begin to relax her hold on the cub to a point where we will begin to see them more often.
The National Zoo staff is still on their 24 watch, as they had set up shortly before the birth. The early days are critical as they are for any newborn.
In San Diego, the young cub that Bai Yun is taking care of right now is just over 10 weeks old now, born on July 29, 2012. Bai and her cub seem to have settled into a regular routine now. It reminds me that when we do get a better chance to see Mei's cub, the one thing he/she will be doing is lots of sleeping!
All that milk along with a rapidly growing body, a cub needs its sleep. But its the little things you watch for like seeing their coloration change from pink to their distinctive black and white markings, seeing them try to maneuver in the nest area, wriggling around in their mothers arms, restless and still very vocal.
It won't be long and the cubs will be climbing all over their moms, pining for her affection.
Whereas, in the early days it was keeping the cub warm and comfortable, soon momma Mei and Bai will be chasing their little cubs all over the enclosure as the cubs begin to explore every nook and cranny they come across in their new-found world.
Picking them up by the scruff of their neck, the mothers will let the cubs know what they can or can't do until they decide they are ready.
Its an amazing site to see the cubs go completely limp while being dragged back to the den or dropped gently to the ground, from the little tree or log they tried to climb up.
It can be quite comical and it certainly is amazing to observe the close bond between mother and cub.
The National Zoo has provided us with more information about Mei and her newborn cub. This is from their Giant Panda webpage.
As panda cam watchers may have noticed: from Mei's behavior and the sounds we're hearing, we have a giant panda cub!
As far as we can tell, the cub was born at about 10:46 p.m. on September 16. According to chief veterinarian Suzan Murray:
“Mei Xiang is behaving exactly the same way she did when Tai Shan was born. She is cradling her cub closely , and she looks so tired, but every time she tries to lay down, the cub squawks and she sits right up and cradles the cub more closely. She is the poster child for a perfect panda mom.”
We believe there is only one cub. If the cub is to have a twin, we should know by sunrise.
For now, the only way animal care staff will monitor the cub is using the web cams. Our goal is for Mei Xiang to raise this cub naturally. With Tai Shan, it wasn’t until he was about two weeks old that Mei walked away from him briefly and our veterinary team was able to give him a brief well-cub exam.
Keep your eyes on the panda cam and on our website and social media networks for more #cubwatch updates!
Below is a video from Channel 9 in Washington, D.C. They interview Brande Smith who is the Senior Curator and Curator of Asia Trail and Giant Pandas
Confirmed by the National Zoo on their Facebook page, sometime before 11:00 pm EST, Mei Xiang had a cub. Have yet to be able to see the little cubby, as Mei had really built up her nest today, making it almost impossible to even see her in the den.
All eyes are on the National Zoo's female panda, Mei Xiang. 14 year old, Mei is currently going through the process where she may give birth to a cub or experience the end of a pseudo pregnancy.
From the zoo's website:
"Mei Xiang returned to a more normal estrous cycle this year. She went into heat in April after three consecutive years of going into heat in January.
Giant panda breeding season generally lasts from late winter to late spring, but scientists are unsure of what triggers the onset of estrus. Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated twice in late April with sperm collected and frozen in 2005 from the Zoo's male panda, Tian Tian. The second artificial insemination April 30 was live-tweeted for the first time"
Just a short time ago, on the other side of the country at the San Diego Zoo, 21 year old Bai Yun, gave birth to a male cub on July 29, 2012.
It's a true wonder of the world to watch 'live' the birth of a newborn giant panda, because they are an endangered species and with every birth comes the hope that the threat of extinction becomes a distant memory.
So, to have the opportunity to observe a panda who is going through the process of pregnancy or pseudo pregnancy via live webcams, is a special privilege that future generations may never have, except to watch a video from the past. This is something we can't take for granted.
Fortunately for us, both of these zoo's do have the cams and you can watch them anytime during a 24 hour period. Big thanks also goes to panda pal, Daniel, who has the technical know how to showcase the cams on one website, so you are not having to open several different websites at once to watch the pandas.
His website is Daniel's Multiple Panda Cam Feeds and it a great site to add to your favorites. Not only does he provide many webcams from around the world on the site for quick access, but he also has great info about pandas as well as a very informative Facebook page that he keeps up to date with current information about pandas. You can always find links to individual live webcams here in the right-hand side bar also.
Don't miss out on a chance to watch Bai interact with her little boy, yet to be named, who is already weighs 4 lbs and Mei Xiang who is spending most of her time in the den area now, grinding up bamboo to act as a nest for the possible cub, eating, or just resting while we all wait patiently for the possibility of another cubby for the National Zoo. Keep your fingers crossed!
Here is short take of what you might see while watching Bai Yun and her cub.
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has started their Pambassador program for the second time on Facebook. This is a unique opportunity to not only get up close and personal with the giant panda but with the knowledge you gain through this adventure, you will be able to help these adorable bears by telling the world more about them through your own unique perspective. Here is some brief info from the FB page.
Do you want to hug a real panda? The pandas are waiting for you! Join our mission to protect pandas. You could become an official ambassador for the giant pandas of Chengdu and go on a global panda tour! Become the next Chengdu Pambassador.