Bao Bao prepares for debut on Jan. 18

Bao Bao prepares for debut on Jan. 18

Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Bao Bao, a panda cub, is preparing for her big public appearance on January 18 by meeting the media Monday at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
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National Zoo's newborn panda cub gets quick medical check

National Zoo's newborn panda cub gets quick medical check

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A quick medical exam of the newborn panda cub at the National Zoo in Washington found it healthy, the zoo said Sunday.

Zoo panda gets a colonoscopy

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Giving a panda at the National Zoo in Washington a colonoscopy was a complicated procedure involving 10 employees, zoo officials said.

National Zoo seeks bamboo

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The National Zoo in Washington issued a public appeal Wednesday for bamboo after the food supply for the zoo's giant pandas became dangerously low.
D.C. panda shows signs of pregnancy

D.C. panda shows signs of pregnancy

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- Officials at Washington's National Zoo say there are signs that one of its beloved pandas might be pregnant.

National Zoo panda not pregnant

WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- Giant panda Mei Xiiang is not pregnant after all, say veterinarians at the U.S. National Zoo in Washington.

Washington zoo wants longer panda stay

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Washington's National Zoo is negotiating with China in an attempt to extend the U.S. stay of its popular baby panda, Tai Shan.

Panda cub Tai Shan turns 1

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- Officials at the National Zoo in Washington planned a four-hour birthday celebration Sunday for 1-year-old panda cub Tai Shan.

Panda tops list for D.C. official symbol

WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) -- The Washington city council and mayor are debating which animal should be the District's official symbol -- and the panda is leading the way.

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Tai Shan, star of the global pandacams

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The scarcity of Tai Shan viewing tickets has led to a surge in pandacam popularity, and one not confined to these shores.
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Baby panda's mom keeps him away from party

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The star of Washington's National Zoo missed his 100-day birthday party and naming ceremony Monday, when the panda cub was given the name Tai Shan.

National contest to name Washington panda

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A nationwide contest of panda lovers will determine the name of the giant panda cub at Washington's National Zoo.
Tai Shan
Tai Shan eyes up his birthday cake at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington on July 9, 2009. The zoo held an event to celebrate the panda's fourth birthday with a frozen cake made from ice, bamboo, shredded beets and beet juice. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

Tai Shan (Chinese: 泰山; pinyin: Tài Shān, pronounced ), also known as Butterstick) is a giant panda born at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park (National Zoo) in Washington, D.C on July 9, 2005 at 3:41 AM. He is the first panda cub born at the National Zoo to survive for more than a few days and is only the third to survive in the United States.

Tai Shan is the first cub born to Mei Xiang (pronounced ) and Tian Tian (), the National Zoo's second pair of giant pandas. (The first pair, Ling-Ling (female) and Hsing-Hsing (male), were donated to the National Zoo by China in 1972, shortly after Richard Nixon's historic visit. Ling-Ling died in 1992 and Hsing-Hsing in 1999 without producing any cubs that survived for more than a few days.)

Both of Tai Shan's parents were born at the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan Province. Mei Xiang, his mother, was artificially inseminated in March 2005 with sperm from Tian Tian after natural mating between the pair appeared unsuccessful. Per the agreement with China, the Chinese government can require that Tai Shan be sent to China any time after he turns 2 as he, like his parents, is the property of China. (Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are technically being "leased" to the United States by the Chinese government in a ten-year, $10 million agreement, with the money to go to panda conservation research in China.) The National Zoo announced in April 2007 that it reached an agreement with the Chinese government to let Tai Shan remain at the National Zoo until at least July of 2009. The announcement was made when Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong presented Tai Shan a "passport" with an extended stay period to July 2009, without extra charge.

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