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by Prince Of Petworth November 19, 2019 at 1:45 pm 0


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From the National Zoo:

“Bei Bei, the 4-year-old giant panda, began his journey to China this morning. He departed the Smithsonian’s National Zoo at 9:30 a.m. for Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia where he boarded a dedicated FedEx 777F plane bound for Chengdu, China. The non-stop flight will take about 16 hours. Bei Bei’s departure from the Zoo was broadcast via Facebook Live, as was his departure from Dulles International Airport. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 15, 2019 at 9:45 am 0


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From WMATA:

“Metro will make it easy for riders to get to the Smithsonian National Zoo to say bye-bye to Bei Bei, the zoo’s beloved giant panda. Free shuttle buses will drop-off and pick-up customers at the zoo’s entrance while three Red Line stations (Cleveland Park, Woodley Park and Dupont Circle) are closed for major lighting upgrades this weekend. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 18, 2019 at 9:25 am 0


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From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“Giant panda Bei Bei will depart the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for China Tuesday, Nov. 19. As part of the Zoo’s cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all cubs born at the Zoo move to China when they are 4 years old. Bei Bei turned 4 Aug. 22. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth August 21, 2019 at 10:15 am 0


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I’m not crying, you’re crying!!

From the National Zoo:

“By the end of August Bei Bei will be another year older! He will receive a panda-friendly frozen cake specially made by the Zoo’s Department of Nutrition Science the morning of Aug. 22. Visit the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat to celebrate with us.

Now that Bei Bei is turning four years old, he will move to China as stipulated in our breeding agreement. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth August 23, 2018 at 10:25 am 0


Photo Credit: Roshan Patel/Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the National Zoo:

“Giant panda Bei Bei (BAY-BAY) celebrated his third birthday Aug. 22 with an ice cake made from frozen, diluted fruit juices and decorated with apples, pears, sweet potatoes, carrots, sugar cane and bamboo.

Now weighing in at almost 215 pounds, Bei Bei has been taking full advantage of his summer (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 29, 2017 at 10:55 am 0


“Bei Bei eating overnight Tuesday in the panda house.” via Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the National Zoo:

“Bei Bei started showing signs of abdominal discomfort overnight Saturday, Nov. 25, and as a result the panda team began monitoring him closely. All of his symptoms were consistent with a mucous stool–which include abdominal discomfort, nausea, decreased appetite and sleeping. He passed a mucous stool on Sunday, Nov. 26, and began eating and defecating normally again.

The panda team has been monitoring Bei Bei continuously since Saturday. He has not expressed interest in spending time outside, and during the course of the day on Monday, Nov. 27, he again became reluctant to eat and his activity decreased. As a result, the panda team will continue to monitor him overnight and watch for any changes, or evidence of another mucous stool. Mucous stools are not uncommon for giant pandas. Bei Bei has passed several of them and Mei Xiang and Tian Tian also experience them occasionally.

UPDATE: The panda team monitored Bei Bei overnight Monday and watched for any changes, or evidence of another mucous stool. His symptoms did not worsen overnight, but did not improve. He did defecate this morning, but as an extra precaution veterinarians will perform an exam this morning while Bei Bei is under anesthesia to take a closer look at him. The panda house will be closed today, but visitors can see Mei Xiang and Tian Tian in their outdoor yards.

VETERINARY EXAM UPDATE: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 18, 2017 at 9:25 am 2 Comments

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Like many of you, I am currently fighting a brutal case of inaugural insomnia. Can’t stop thinking. So, it was with great joy that I found Angela’s phenomenal (as always) photos of Bei Bei seemingly fully recovered from emergency surgery. I’d say it has improved my mood 87%. To get back the other 13% – here, again, is the list and interactive map of bars staying open late this week.

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And if pandas aren’t your thing, I will crack your cold heart with a baby orangutan.

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