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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 7:47 pm 
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Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
May 26 at 7:40am ·
Our team of reproductive scientists, veterinarians and panda keepers performed two artificial inseminations on 18-year-old female giant panda Mei Xiang on May 25. Paws crossed for a little bundle of conservation success in 90-180 days!
Scientists and keepers had been closely monitoring Mei Xiang’s behavior and hormones for the past several weeks. Daily hormone reports showed Mei Xiang’s estrogen levels peaked May 24, an indication that she was ovulating and able to become pregnant. Female giant pandas are only in estrus, or able to become pregnant, for 24 to 72 hours each year.


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Great news! I sure hope Mei produces a little bundle of panda joy. :flirty:

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:sunsmile: So cute to see Mei in her den right now!


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National Zoo Panda Update on Mei Xiang :flirty:
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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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:loveheart2: Mei is sleeping in her den right now! She is surrounded by her nesting material.


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Oh, maybe she is getting ready! :loveheart:

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From the National Zoo
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Giant Panda Mei Xiang Is Not Pregnant

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>thanks for the heads up Gigi...

We have been on vacation - tried to check
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:loveheart2: I was afraid of that as this went longer than norm for her. We still love you Mei and Tian Tian! :flirty:


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Hammock Hole @ Atlanta! :teehee: From Atlanta Zoo:



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Trouble! :flirty:

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:halcat: Tian Tian @ Washington National Zoo has troublesome weight loss! Had exam under anesthesia @ Vet hospital. He is okay for now and they have a baseline health exam as needed for the future if more worrisome S/S show up. Be sure to check out CBS news report @ end of article (with video) as they expand more ...

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Thanks for reporting that here, SWINWK. I trust the zoo staff is doing all they can to keep him healthy. He is like family beyond the zoo. :loveheart:

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News on Bei Bei ... abdominal discomfort.
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Thanks for the update, Beth. Hope he is okay.

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:rudired: Todays update from zoo on Bei Bei:

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Bei Bei is bright and alert this morning and fully recovered from his veterinary exam yesterday, Nov. 28. Keepers monitored him overnight and offered him small amounts of bamboo, apples, biscuits and honey water every few hours. He is back to his normal routine and spending time outside. He settled in for a morning nap in his preferred tree. For the next few days, keepers will offer him smaller meals to help his stomach recover from the mucous stools and veterinary exam. The panda house reopened this morning.


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I just read that SWINWK! Such good news that it seems that Bei Bei didn't have anything serious! thanks for posting the update. :flirty:

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