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Animal News

Dec. 28, 2015
For the first time in this pride, Zoo veterinarians have successfully drawn blood from a lion—a juvenile male named Jumbe—while he was awake.
Bei Bei
Dec. 10, 2015
As of December 7, Bei Bei weighed about 16 pounds (7.32 kg). Even though he's grown exponentially over the last few months, he still won't be eating bamboo for a while. However, he has started to...
Dec. 07, 2015
By: Lauren Augustine
Bei Bei face down on a blue table cloth
Dec. 01, 2015
During a routine exam on Monday November 30, Bei Bei weighed 15 pounds (6.89 kg)! He's getting more difficult to weigh now that he is trying to climb out of the weighing tub! In stark comparison, his...
Bei Bei poking his head out of a plastic basket
Nov. 18, 2015
Bei Bei is a healthy 12.5 pound boy and he's on the move. Although he took his first steps, the rock work provided more traction than the slippery floor, so it will take him a little longer to figure...
Bei Bei on a table
Nov. 12, 2015
This morning, Bei Bei weighed 5.35 kilograms, or 11.79 pounds.
Nov. 11, 2015
The Andean Bear exhibit is celebrating two very special birthdays on November 10 and 11: Mayni and Muniri are turning one year old! In the latest Keeper Q&A Sarah Colandrea reveals plans for a...
Bei Bei in a plastic bin
Nov. 04, 2015
When last weighed on Friday October 30, Bei Bei was 9.5 pounds! Since he is growing so rapidly, we know for certain that he is getting enough to eat. However, Bei Bei still occasionally fusses after...
Oct. 21, 2015
In late-September, our 38-year-old Asian elephant Bozie started displaying colic-like symptoms. Through blood tests, staff discovered that she has a serious infection that is affecting her appetite.
Oct. 21, 2015
By: Lauren Augustine Happy Reptile Awareness Day!
Oct. 15, 2015
By: Lauren Augustine
panda cub Bei Bei held by vets
Oct. 14, 2015
On October 8, vets performed an exam on Bei Bei. He weighed in at 5.9 pounds. His eyes are now fully open and he is getting more active and rambunctious.
Oct. 09, 2015
Look at those toes! Our favorite panda cam shot from our #PandaStory Flickr album this week was from user partipersian.  
Oct. 09, 2015
Yesterday, before Bei Bei's full veterinary exam our chief veterinarian Dr. Don Neiffer settled the little panda cub by massaging two pressure points at the base of his skull. And Bei Bei really...
Bei Bei
Oct. 07, 2015
Keepers had a chance to weigh Bei Bei on Thursday, October 1, when Mei Xiang left her den to eat. He now weighs about 5 lbs. This is an increase of a pound since he was weighed last week!
Oct. 05, 2015
The classic nose to nose nuzzle! Thanks to Janet Crouse for sharing. Post fav cam screenshots of#BeiBei˜and Mei Xiang to our#PandaStory˜Flickr group. We'll share a great one each week!  
Oct. 01, 2015
Q: What do we call a giant panda cub sneeze? A: Bei Bei choo! #PandaStory #BeiBei @michelleobama @smithsonian ​
panda cub asleep
Sep. 30, 2015
Keepers had a chance to weigh Bei Bei on Monday, Sept. 28, when Mei Xiang left her den to eat. He now weighs 1,850 grams, or 4 lbs!
Bei Bei naming announcement
Sep. 25, 2015
This morning, our giant panda cub received his name: Bei Bei or 贝贝 (BAY-BAY)!
giant panda cub
Sep. 23, 2015
When Mei Xiang left her den to eat on Sept. 21, keepers took the opportunity to get the latest weight on our not-so-little-anymore giant panda cub. At 4.5 weeks old, the cub weighs 2.95 pounds (1,139...
Sep. 21, 2015
If you've visited the Small Mammal House recently, you may have noticed that our male sand cat Thor now has a female companion!
Sep. 18, 2015
Our panda cub scrapbook is growing as quickly as he is—and that's saying something. This is one of our favorite adorable moments from the panda cams this week. This snapshot was added to the #...
Sep. 17, 2015
David M. Rubenstein has pledged a second $4.5 million gift to support our giant panda conservation and research program through the end of 2020.
panda cub asleep on table
Sep. 16, 2015
Our giant panda cub continues to pack on the grams.