Smithsonian National Zoological Park

In this Oct. 11, 2012 photo Mei Xiang, a giant female panda, rests at the National Zoo in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Panda gives birth to female cub at National Zoo

WASHINGTON (AP) — A giant panda at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington has given birth to her third cub, a female. The zoo said Mei Xiang gave birth at 5:32 p.m. Friday, two hours […]


Sandy death toll now 55

NEW YORK (AP) – The death toll from superstorm Sandy is now at least 55 people along the Atlantic Coast. Meanwhile, communities are slowly recovering from the storm. In hard-hit New York City, hundreds of […]


As condolences pour in, officials work to solve mystery of how panda cub died

WASHINGTON (AP) – As condolences poured in from around the world, National Zoo officials waited Monday for word on why a 6-day-old panda cub died and lamented a heartbreaking setback to their closely watched breeding […]


Zoo panda cub that died had liver abnormalities

WASHINGTON (AP) – National Zoo officials say the 6-day-old panda cub that died had abnormalities on its liver and fluid in its abdomen, but they don’t yet know the cause of death. Officials say they […]


After a surprise panda birth in DC, anxiety awaits

WASHINGTON (AP) – The birth of a panda cub this weekend at Washington’s zoo was cause for a party, but behind the excitement there’s also some nail-biting. Panda cubs are born hairless and helpless, about […]



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