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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...

PARIS - Chimpanzees can be lethally violent to each other but this stems from an inherent streak and not, as some have suggested, from human interference, a study said on Wednesday. Credit: Getty Creative Zoologists, led by the famed Jane Goodall, have speculated for years on the causes of "chimpanzee wars" among Man's genetically-closest relatives. One theory is that the apes are made more aggressive as a result of human influence: loss of habitat or food creates ever-greater competition for resources. But new research, published in the journal Nature, said coordinated violence by Pan troglodytes is an evolutionary strategy. Chimps kill to wipe out rivals, thus gaining territory,...

Your dog can be healthy in every way and still end up with a skeletal problem called hip dysplasia. Dogs have about an 8 percent chance of developing this heritable condition, which affects the hip joint. RELATED: Why Dogs Spin Before They Poop In the condition, the place where the leg's femur bone fits into the pelvis develop abnormally. Over time, the bone can pop out of the joint and become disconnected from the pelvic bone, wear it down. This can cause the dog pain and reduce its ability to walk or run. Industrial designer Galia Weiss wanted to address this problem. In response, she developed a harness called the Hipster, which not only prevents the joint from disconnecting but also...

DHAKA - Thirteen countries with wild tiger populations agreed Tuesday to take part in a global count to establish how many of the critically endangered big cats are left and improve policies to protect them. Credit: Getty Creative Experts say that although the tiger population is thought to have remained stable over the last four years, a lack of accurate numbers is hindering effective policies. The pledge came at a global conference in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka where more than 140 people have converged for three days to discuss actions to save the tiger. "We really need science-based data on the number of tigers," said John Seidensticker of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology...

Zeus, Tallest Dog in the World, Has Died

WASHINGTON - Zeus, the Great Dane who in 2012 earned the Guinness World Record as tallest dog in the world, has died at age five, a local US newspaper said Friday. Credit: Associated Press Zeus died last week of old age, owner Kevin Doorlag told the Kalamazoo Gazette, a local daily in the midwestern US state of Michigan. He would have celebrated his sixth birthday in November. The gentle giant, who measured 44 inches at the shoulder and more than 7-feet tall when standing on his hind legs, weighed more than 150 pounds, the paper reported. In 2012, when Zeus entered the records book, Doorlag said his massive canine often sparked astonishment when he took him on walks. "The most common...