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“After carefully monitoring the behavior of both its giant pandas and female Mei Xiang’s hormones for weeks, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s team of reproductive scientists, veterinarians and panda keepers performed two artificial inseminations within the last 24 hours. The first procedure started at 6 p.m. on April 26, and the second began at 7:30 this morning, April 27. Daily hormone reports showed Mei Xiang’s progesterone levels peaked Sunday morning, an indication that she was in estrus and able to become pregnant.
For the first time this year, scientists used semen collected from a giant panda living at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, China. The chosen male panda, Hui Hui (pronounced “h-WEI h-WEI”), was determined to be one of the best genetic matches for Mei Xiang.
Although the Zoo’s male panda Tian Tian is not as genetically valuable as Mei Xiang, he is still important to the panda population. Scientists also used high-quality fresh semen collected from Tian Tian for the artificial inseminations. The first procedure used a combination of sperm from Hui Hui and Tian Tian. The second procedure also used thawed sperm from Hui Hui and sperm refrigerated overnight from Tian Tian. If Mei Xiang gives birth, scientists will use a DNA test to determine which male sired the cub. Mei Xiang was put under general anesthesia for the non-surgical artificial insemination(s). Each procedure took about an hour. The Zoo live-streamed portions of the first procedure on Twitter using Perioscope and live-posted to Instagram using #PandaStory. (more…)
“Liam LaCivita’s eponymous-ish restaurant (which took over the Murphy’s of DC space) got a façade sprucing and now he has outdoor tables with umbrellas on them, as of today. Nothing official but should be open in a week or two.”
This unit is located at 2829 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:
“Spacious, serene efficiency with private balcony, separate kitchen, dressing area, Murphy bed. Light filled and quiet with ample closet space. Renovated kitchen and bathroom. Building features gym, swimming pool, rooftop deck. Near Woodley Park Metro, Capital Bikeshare, National Zoo, Open City, Lebanese Taverna, Petits Plats and other restaurants and shops.”
I walked by the old Murphy’s in Woodley Park tonight and it looked pretty bleak. Do you know of any updates for the restaurant that was supposed to open there?”
Back in Jan. we noted there was a fire at the future Bar Civita, fortunately, mostly contained to the front/patio area. Not seen in the photo above is the major progress done inside. In February their Facebook page notes “Moving forward…finalizing menu items! We’re getting excited!” and via email owner Liam Civita tells me he is aiming for an April opening. Stay tuned.
This rental is located at 2733 Woodley Place, Northwest. The listing says:
“JUST LISTED 4RENT: Pristine Woodley Place “Wardman” on quiet tree-lined street flooded with light. 3 BR,3.5 BA, formal DR + family room off Kit. Classic details, hi ceilings,hdwd floors,LR w decorative fpl, crown moldings,generous closets and TONS of storage; partially finished loft attic & basement. Large front porch & rear deck.Garage+ 2-3 car drwy;1/2 blk Metro;Oyster E.S.,1 blk Nat Zoo”
“The giant panda zoo awards were announced yesterday and Bao Bao won silver Panda Personality of 2014, and the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat won bronze Favorite panda enclosure outside of China!”
Thanks to a reader for sending these devastating photos Saturday morning from a fire in the former Murphy’s/future Bar Civita [“A modern American and Italian influenced restaurant in historic Woodley Park in Washington, D.C.“]. I’ve sent an email to the Bar Civita folks and will update when I hear back. Hopefully it won’t push the planned opening too far back.
Good update from owner Liam Civita:
“It is definitely an unfortunate setback, but it is only a setback. It will delay opening but not by much, as a majority of the damage was on the patio which we were replacing anyways in a couple of weeks. The fire department did a tremendous job in controlling and putting out the fire.”