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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...

HONG KONG - A set of panda triplets, known as the world's only surviving trio, have opened their eyes for the first time more than a month after their birth in a Chinese zoo. Credit: Getty Editorial The trio's births at the end of July were hailed as a "miracle" given the animal's famously low reproductive rate. A video from the zoo showed the three cubs now covered with white and black fur squealing and moving about with their eyes open. "The panda triplets have all opened their eyes and are in good, healthy condition," Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park said in a statement Thursday. The second panda to be born was the first to open their eyes, followed by the lastborn and then the...

Daily GIFs: September 18, 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. Nose nuzzles. 2. Don't worry, deer. Floors can be tricky for everyone. 3. "I got it from here." 4. "I know you're watching." 5. Tidying up. Share this on Facebook? Get another dose of adorable animals:...

Ruuxa the cheetah cub is recovering nicely after undergoing surgery to repair growth abnormalities in his front limbs. Keeping him company as his legs heal is his best pal, Raina the Rhodesian Ridgeback. Ruuxa and Raina teamed up when they were both about one month old, after Ruuxa was rejected by his mother. The duo is being raised together as ambassador animals at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. MORE ON PAWNATION: Cheetah Cub Meets New Puppy Companion Tortoise Chases After Remote-Control Truck Mother Cat Adopts Baby Rabbit...

JOHANNESBURG - A polar bear believed to be the last in Africa died at a South African zoo on Wednesday, a few months after his long-time mate passed away. Credit: Associated Press "Africa's last polar bear Wang had to be put down due to liver and heart failure," Johannesburg Zoo said in a statement. The 30-year-old bear came to Africa from China in 1986, and was diagnosed with liver ailments four years ago. "Wang in the recent months was pining the loss of his partner of 27 years GeeBee," the zoo said. GeeBee died of natural causes on January 12. "In the recent weeks, his days were filled with enrichment programmes and special treats, including his own Valentine's Day celebration," the...