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Two giant panda cubs were born Saturday at the National Zoo. The smaller of the cubs died days later.
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August 28, 2015 Genetic testing also showed that he was sired by Tian Tian, the zoo announced.
August 26, 2015 "We are sad to report that the smaller of the two panda cubs has died," the National Zoo announced Wednesday, in an update on the twin pandas that were born Saturday.
Giant panda Mei Xiang, together with her cub Bao Bao at the National Zoo in 2014. As of Saturday, Bao Bao now has another sibling: Her mother just gave birth to a cub.
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August 22, 2015 Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., went into labor on Saturday and gave birth to a cub. Hours later, a second cub was born.
The National Zoo's carousel is among dozens that Carousel Works has installed around the U.S., each made to fit in with its surroundings.
October 23, 2014 Wooden carousels, with hand-carved and painted horses, seem like a relic of the past. But Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, is one of a few companies still making them to order.
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The New England Aquarium traded 800 mackerel for 12 puffins.
September 12, 2014 Zoos and aquariums almost never buy or sell animals. But trade is thriving.
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Otters play the keyboard at the National Zoo.
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May 27, 2014 As part of the zoo's animal enrichment program, otters and orangutans take up musical instruments.
December 1, 2013 The cub is 100 days old today, which is when pandas are traditionally given a name. The name Bao Bao, which means precious or treasure, was chosen by the masses, who picked between five names.
November 14, 2013 NPR ran five stores on the giant pandas in Washington's National Zoo during its coverage of last month's government shutdown. It then ran a sixth story on them last week. What gives? Does anyone in the rest of the country really care about the capital's pandas? An NPR editor responds.
You can help select a name for the National Zoo's new panda cub.
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November 6, 2013 The Smithsonian's National Zoo has proposed five possible names for the female cub born this summer. Voting is already underway.
The Smithsonian National Zoo's newest giant panda on Aug. 25, two days after her birth.
September 5, 2013 It's taken about two weeks for tests to confirm the cub's gender. She was born Aug. 23 had is said to have a healthy, "fat little belly." As for her name, that won't be chosen until around Thanksgiving.
In this image from video provided by the Smithsonian National Zoo, Mei Xiang gives birth to a cub two hours after her water broke Friday. A second cub born Saturday was stillborn.
August 25, 2013 Keepers at the Smithsonian National Zoo, who were elated to report Friday that giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub, added a sad note Saturday with the news of a second cub, which was stillborn.
A Tigercubcam view of the new cubs, born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Monday.
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August 8, 2013 Four-year-old Damai is "being a great mom, and is nursing and grooming both cubs," zoo officials say. There was no immediate word on the sex of the cubs.
Dennis Kelly (right), director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo, and Suzan Murray, chief veterinarian, discuss the panda cub's death.
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September 24, 2012 Less than a week old, the cub died on Sunday at Washington's National Zoo. Preliminary examinations indicate that some of its liver had hardened and that it had a build-up of fluid in the abdomen. Also, officials believe it was likely a female.
September 23, 2012 Sounds of distress from the cub's mother, Mei Xiang, alerted panda-keepers, but it was too late. The cause of death is not yet known.
A composite of images from the panda cam, showing Mei Xiang during and after giving birth.
September 18, 2012 When "butter stick" was born in 2005, NPR's Kitty Eisele was among the many who were mesmerized as the National Zoo's panda cam showed his progress. This week, another cub's been born. So panda fans such as Kitty are back at their computers to watch.
Mei Xiang, who gave birth overnight, enjoying a piece of fruit on Dec. 19, 2011, at the National Zoo.
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September 17, 2012 Officials don't know yet whether it's a male or female. The mother, Mei Xiang, gave birth to Tai Shan (a male) in 2005.
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