National Zoo panda may be pregnant

One of Washington’s most famous couples may be expecting. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is hoping Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, their giant pandas, may have a new cub on the way. Mei Xiang began showing hormonal changes and sensitivity to noise that may indicate she is pregnant — or experiencing a false pregnancy, which is common for pandas.”You can’t tell from her behavior,” said Rebecca Snyder, cura… Continue reading

Nine lives: Stowaway cat from Philippines needs a home

A 4-year-old cat that stowed away in a container ship headed from Manila, Philippines, to Los Angeles is gaining weight and getting stronger after the trip without food or water left it near death.Los Angeles County animal control director Marcia Mayeda says the orange and white female cat was weak and frail after the 7,300-mile trip. But after two weeks of treatments, the feline is in fair condit… Continue reading

1-year-old panda cub gets 200-lb. ice cake for birthday

Happy (belated) birthday, Xiao Liwu! The San Diego Zoo’s giant panda cub celebrated his first birthday on Monday with a 200-pound, three-tiered ice cake to share with mom Bai Yun. Xiao Liwu, whose name means “little gift,” weighs over 41 pounds now, but is still nursing. Though he can’t eat solids yet, the cub definitely has a sweet tooth: He was a little shy at first, but eventually dug into his… Continue reading

New program helps homeless families keep their pets

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Two-headed turtle gains thousands of followers on Facebook

Two-headed turtle Thelma and Louise now has two things in common with its namesake: Texas and celebrity status. The bisephalic Texas cooter, born at the San Antonio Zoo on June 18, is now certifiably Facebook famous with over 3,200 followers and counting.The zoo created a personal page for the turtle on July 23, but traded that one for a celebrity account on Monday morning, due to a “tremendous ou… Continue reading