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Panda Twins Born at Japan Zoo

TOKYO - Japan's panda population grew by two, a zoo announced Wednesday, with the birth of twin cubs Tuesday night. A set of baby twin pandas. Credit: m ica./Flickr The pair came into the world weighing less than 200 grammes (7 ounces) each, a spokesman for Wakayama Adventure World in western Japan said. The birth of the two cubs takes to seven the number of pandas at the zoo, which has an active breeding programme for the creatures that have a notoriously low reproductive rate. At just 21 and 22 centimetres (around 8 inches) the tiny youngsters have a long way to go before they are the size of their mother, 14-year-old Rauhin. Kyodo News reported that the twins have made a good start, ...

After wet snow blanketed the greater Toronto area on Monday, a male giant panda named Da Mao made the most of what was clearly an enjoyable turn of weather events for him, thestar.com reported. PHOTOS: Adorable Animals You Just Want to Kiss In this video captured by the Toronto Zoo, the big fella can be seen amusing himself by rolling around in the snow, sliding down a hill on his back (who needs a sled when you're a panda?), and even seeing how good snow might be to eat. Play the video to enjoy his wintery frolicking, but prepare to be hit by an exceedingly large cute stick. Da Mao first arrived at the Toronto Zoo in March 2013, alongside his lady friend Er Shun, who will be joining he...

HONG KONG - A set of panda triplets, the world's only known surviving trio, celebrated reaching their 100-day milestone in a Chinese zoo Wednesday as the public were allowed to visit them for the first time. Credit: Associated Press Their births at the end of July were hailed as a "miracle", given the animal's famously low reproductive rate, and fears that they may not survive have been quelled. A video from Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park showed the three cubs sprawled on their fronts on a blanket in a small enclosure, nudging each other with their snouts and lying back yawning. The two male and one female cubs, which first opened their eyes in September, now weigh six kilograms (13 p...

Daily GIFs: October 28, 2014

Getting through the day can be tough, but you know what makes it easier? Adorable GIFs. Check out these furry mini-flicks floating around the Internet. It's probably the cutest way to waste time and wait for the weekend. 1. "You ruin everything, Bob!" 2. Diversionary tactics at their best. 3. "I'm feeling very light on my feet." 4. "What'd you say about my feathers?!" 5. Panda kisses. Share this on Facebook? Get another dose of adorable animals:...

Daily GIFs: October 20, 2014

Getting through the day can be tough, but you know what makes it easier? Adorable GIFs. Check out these furry mini-flicks floating around the Internet. It's probably the cutest way to waste time and wait for the weekend. 1. "Ughhhh, I hate Mondays!" 2. "Thanks. You know how much I enjoy a firm pillow." 3. Om nom nom. 4. "For me? Thanks. Bye!" 5. It's all in the hooves. Share this on Facebook? Get another dose of adorable animals:...

Britain's Panda Pregnancy Fails

LONDON - Britain's only female giant panda has suffered a failed pregnancy, her second in two years, Edinburgh Zoo said on Monday. Credit: Getty Editorial Edinburgh said its 10-year-old panda Tian Tian, who is spending a decade in the Scottish capital on loan from China with her male companion Yang Guang, was on course to carry to full term, but "sadly this did not happen". "She is no longer pregnant," said Iain Valentine, director of giant pandas for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. "Panda reproduction and biology is complex. All data gathered since conception took place pointed to a pregnant panda likely to carry to full term. Sadly this did not happen." "There is no evidence...