Mother Sloth Bear Has Her Baby Taken Away After She Eats Her First Two

Sloth bears are typically praised in the human community for their slow-moving nature and weird long claws. But one mother sloth bear is ruining that good will and pushing the limits of human patience by eating her own sloth bear babies. » 3/21/14 11:40am 3/21/14 11:40am

The National Zoo's Adorable Panda Cub Finally Has a Name

In this Nov. 29, 2013 photo provided by the Smithsonian National Zoo, a giant panda cub is measured as it is about to turn 100 days old at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington. The National Zoo announced Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 that it is naming its giant panda cub Bao Bao after receiving more than 123,000 votes… » 12/01/13 5:00pm 12/01/13 5:00pm

Government Shutdown Might Kill An Adorable Panda... Cam

One potential casualty of the looming (constitutionally mandated that I use the word "looming" in reference to government shutdown- Article 12, Section 6, HISTORY: LEARN IT) government shutdown isn't the jobs of hundreds of thousands of federal employees or even my sanity, after having to listen to the yammering of… » 9/30/13 6:40pm 9/30/13 6:40pm

The National Zoo's Newborn Panda Is Certified Adorable

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 25: In this handout photo provided by Smithsonian's National Zoo, the giant panda cub born on August 23 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo receives an exam from animal care staff on August 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Chief veterinarian Suzan Murray reports that the cub is robust, has a steady… » 8/25/13 4:00pm 8/25/13 4:00pm

Newborn Panda Tragically Found Dead at National Zoo

The panda cub born September 16th at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. has sadly passed away this past Sunday. Zookeepers were alerted to something being amiss upon hearing the cub's mother Mei Xiang issuing a "distressed honking noise" early Sunday morning. After an hour spent retrieving the cub, veterinarians… » 9/24/12 10:50am 9/24/12 10:50am

Adorable Cheetah Cubs Get Named After America's Fastest Olympians

The pair of three-month-old cheetah cubs that — in all of their fuzzy, squeeful glory — have recently made their public debut at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. have finally been given names thanks to the fastest American sprinters at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The spotted duo will henceforth be known as Carmelita… » 8/07/12 10:00am 8/07/12 10:00am

National Zoo Might Replace Famous Panda Because She Can't Get Knocked Up

Being famous and struggling with infertility has got to be hard, but at least when you're a celebrity human, you can more or less keep the details of your experience to yourself. That's not the case for celebrity pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, who have lived together at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., for 10… » 4/30/12 9:00pm 4/30/12 9:00pm

I Can Has Gazelle?

Washington, DC, December 18: Two of the seven lion cubs born at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park in Washington chase each othe during the cubs' public debut. Image via AP » 12/19/10 5:05pm 12/19/10 5:05pm

National Zoo Panda Pregnancy Mania Has Officially Begun

Hopes are high at the National Zoo after pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian began mating today, an event the Washington Post notes was "captured on the public panda cam." Everyone has a sex tape these days, you guys. [WashingtonPost] » 1/09/10 5:00pm 1/09/10 5:00pm

Call Off The Bump Watch

Mei Xiang, the previously possibly pregnant panda from the National Zoo, is actually not pregnant. According to this report, "Pseudo-pregnancies are common in pandas." [WaPo] » 5/20/09 10:40am 5/20/09 10:40am

Possibly Pregnant Panda Persnickety About Procedure

The National Zoo attempted ultrasounds; she was uncooperative. "The ways of panda reproduction are capricious and frustrating, and with Panda-nation awaiting an outcome, one zoo official referred to Mei Xiang as "this dang bear.'" [WaPo] » 5/07/09 11:20am 5/07/09 11:20am

Is It Winter Yet? Check The Panda Poo


Winter is almost here (two days, folks!) and your toes are cold. What about the critters? An article in today's Washington Post explains about how zoo animals deal with cold temperatures. Most beasts adopt the same measures in captivity that they do in the wild: Some grow thicker and longer coats — or like deer,… » 12/20/07 6:00pm 12/20/07 6:00pm