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Title: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Judy on November 07, 2010, 04:57:26 PM
Lun Lun and Yang Yang are the female and male pandas at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia.

Cubs:
Mei Lan was born September 6, 2006, and is now in China.
Xi Lan was born August 30, 2008.
Third cub was born November 3, 2010.

Cam:
http://www.zooatlanta.org/1212/panda_cam
 
 



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Judy on November 12, 2010, 06:20:49 AM
reserved for recap of previous years


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 14, 2010, 02:33:29 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Saturday, November 13
Because Lun Lun has been leaving the cub regularly, we were able to do a quick health check on the cub on Friday.  Lun Lun was closed in the adjacent den while the cub was removed, quickly weighed and measured.  The cub is in excellent health.  Its weight is 297 grams. Its chest girth is 17 cm. Its total length was not measured, but its head is 4.5 cm long and its tail is an amazing 5 cm in length.  Lun Lun did well while the cub was away.  She ate some sugarcane and biscuits, but she was eager to return to her cub.  She picked it up right away and licked it for a few minutes.  Then she and the cub settled down for a nap.

The cub's sex will be announced late next week - stay tuned for exciting details!
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


A short video of Lun Lun and the new little one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykGqNGb-k3g&NR=1


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on November 14, 2010, 04:54:58 PM
 :clap1: :love: :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 15, 2010, 02:46:47 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Sunday, November 14 (Happy Birthday Zoo Atlanta Webmaster)
The cub's coloration continues to change with every day.  The black areas are getting darker than they were before, and at present you can really see the back legs changing.  The skin turns dark first.  Now we just have to wait for the fur to really start to grow in.  I have been able to get some good looks at the cub the last two nights as Lun Lun is leaving it to go eat in an adjacent den more regularly.  The cub is not 100% okay with this quite yet, but if Lun feels that it needs something, she does not hesitate to head right back.  That just shows how good of a mother she is, as she will give up eating for the sake of the cub's happiness.  If Lun is eating, though, I try to sneak a peek at the cub to see any changes going on, and that is how I really noticed the change in coloration.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III




Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 15, 2010, 01:51:55 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, November 15
Lun Lun’s food consumption is beginning to return to normal. The last two days she ate her normal daily amount of biscuits. Prior to this, she hadn’t done that since October 21. She is also eating bamboo pretty well, but in smaller amounts than normal. It takes a lot of time to process and consume bamboo and Lun Lun doesn’t have time, yet, to consume her normal amount of bamboo. That will change gradually as the cub matures. For now, Lun Lun is eating a normal amount of food for a mother with a young cub and she continues to take great care of her cub.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_101111_lunlun_cub_ZA_0128.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Judy on November 15, 2010, 02:13:00 PM
Hi Hermit, thanks so much for the updates!   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on November 15, 2010, 06:10:08 PM
It totally amazes me how those big paws so gently and carefully handle that teeny cub.   :heart0: :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 16, 2010, 02:40:36 AM
A video of the little one from yesterday.   :bigsmile:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6txK0phDdH8


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 16, 2010, 07:46:42 AM
aaww what a cute video - thanks hermit. The cub is beginning to get its panda markings.  :heart0: :heart0:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 16, 2010, 01:58:02 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Tuesday, November 16
Last evening Lun did something interesting, when she bleated once as she was heading back to the cub after eating a little food. This was interesting because I haven’t heard Lun vocalize in probably over a month (except for the footage of the birth). Normally this type of vocalization is an affiliative sound between two pandas, but Lun and Yang also do it to try to get our attention when they want food. It was odd that Lun made this vocalization when she was headed back to the cub. Was she trying to tell her little one that she was coming, since it was vocalizing the whole time that she was away? Or was she just mad at me for not giving her all the biscuits that she wanted, and was telling me her frustrations? Who really knows what Lun is and was thinking at the time, but I am sure that she had her reasons.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 17, 2010, 02:15:02 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, November 17
The cub continues to grow every day. When I returned from my weekend on Tuesday, I could not believe how big the cub had gotten in just two days! The dark areas of the cub’s body have gotten even darker and the fine white fur has gotten even fuzzier. The cub’s belly is rounder than ever! My favorite part of all mammal babies is their healthy, round, full bellies. Every time the cub is visible I look at its tummy and I know it is getting plenty of milk and care from Lun Lun, which is why it is growing so quickly. 
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 17, 2010, 02:33:54 PM
 :love:

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/5-7-2010/1117pro003.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 17, 2010, 04:20:52 PM
Thank you, Beth.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 17, 2010, 06:59:56 PM
Thank you, Beth. The cub is getting panda eyes on its little head!  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 18, 2010, 07:44:29 AM
CBS Early Show - ZA's new cub is a BOY  :love:  

Posted on BCAW by Carly...


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on November 18, 2010, 08:03:00 AM
Awwwwwwwwwwwww ...... another boy!   :love: (I was hoping for a girl though)  :lollol: :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 18, 2010, 01:54:27 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Thursday November 18,
Lun Lun and the cub got plenty of sleep last night, which is good because they had a big morning ahead of them. CBS’s Early Morning show taped a live cub exam this morning and announced the sex – it’s a boy!

While the vet staff tended to the cub during the exam, the keepers tended to Lun, making sure that she was stress-free and eating while the cub was away. I’m so excited to have watched the sex of the cub be announced, because it’s been such a hard secret to keep!
Kris Gelhardt
Seasonal Keeper, Mammals


(http://www.hostingphpbb.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif)

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_101118_cubexam_cbspersonality_ZA_0505.jpg)

CBS Early Show video here:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7066684n&tag=cbsnewsTwoColUpperPromoArea


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 18, 2010, 09:16:00 PM
Thank you hermit and Beth. I wish I was one of those vets and could get to hold and cuddle the cubbie like they did!  :love: :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 18, 2010, 10:44:36 PM
(http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/6533/itsaboy.gif) (http://img841.imageshack.us/i/itsaboy.gif/)

Thank you so much hermit and Beth!

He is adorable beyond words!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 19, 2010, 02:02:05 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, November 19
During yesterday’s exam of the cub, the vets weighed him and took body measurements. From the tip of his nose, to the tip of his tail, the cub is 30.7 cm long (his tail constitutes 5.7 cm of the total length!). His nose is 2 cm wide. Neck girth is 13.8 cm, chest girth is 19.5 cm and abdominal girth is 21 cm. He weighs 486 grams. Scroll down to the Saturday, November 13, update to see how much he has grown in just 6 days.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


(This was Saturday, November 13:   Its weight is 297 grams. Its chest girth is 17 cm. Its total length was not measured, but its head is 4.5 cm long and its tail is an amazing 5 cm in length.)

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_101118_cubexam_ZA_0494_web.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 19, 2010, 05:06:22 PM
:love: Thanks  :love: hermit :love: 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on November 19, 2010, 05:27:24 PM
 :love: :love: :thumbsup1:  He's sooooooooooooo cute!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 20, 2010, 05:56:02 AM
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/Smileys-emotions/1110panda.gif)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 20, 2010, 02:11:38 PM
I love the cute-o-meter, Beth.  :wink2:

Here's a video of the SDZ pandas enjoying their newly renovated and designed exhibit areas.  :love:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EQ0Kt19DOc


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 20, 2010, 05:28:56 PM
I like the cute-o-meter, too, Beth.   :bigsmile:  Thanks for the video, BOP.   :bigsmile:  I've never seen such dirty bears!   :mhihi:

From Zoo Atlanta:

Saturday, November 20
This morning Lun Lun kept me very busy.  She left the cub several times to eat and drink, and also to urinate and defecate in the adjacent den.  Heather provided Lun with yellow groove bamboo last night and it wasn't a huge hit.  This morning I had the same experience, so after I cleaned up the den, I removed all of the yellow groove and gave her black bamboo instead.  Getting her to eat biscuits and fruit is no problem, but she's less interested in bamboo right now.  I had several species to try throughout the day, so today's mission was to find one that she likes.
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 20, 2010, 07:21:12 PM
Thank you for the video BOP and new news hermit...I didn't think they would update us  --> "today" ...  


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 21, 2010, 01:55:55 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Sunday, November
I hope tonight will be a quiet one for me, though it never seems that way when I am here. When arriving on shift, we always try to communicate what has been going on the shift before. I always seem to hear that Lun and the cub were good and sleeping most of the time. That is normally the opposite of what I seem to experience. I might get some resting from the two of them, but that only last about 20 minutes on average.  Either Lun does something to disturb the cub, or the cub is upset over something. Then it takes them a while to settle back down.  It also never fails that if I start to work on a project, one starts the cycle all over again. I couldn't even get through writing this update without being interrupted by them. I'm looking forward to the days when the cub can self-regulate its body temperature and Lun is eating normally again. Then hopefully things will be a little quieter.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 22, 2010, 02:05:34 PM
Monday, November 22 Update...

Lun and cub are sleeping now. Mom is lying on her side with the cub tucked under
her arm like a little teddy bear.
It’s amazing that one day this tiny cub could be as big as Yang Yang.
This cub is definitely working on growing with how much he is nursing.
It seems like every time I come back from my weekend he has grown!
Kris Gelhardt
Seasonal Keeper


Website photo today ...
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/5-7-2010/1122zooatl_giantpanda_cub_IMG_6148.jpg)

Cub gallery photo ...
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/5-7-2010/1122za.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 22, 2010, 02:20:06 PM
Thank you, Beth.   :bigsmile:  Cute pictures.  Lun Lun looks like she's smiling.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 22, 2010, 07:01:28 PM
So cute, Beth  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 23, 2010, 01:52:16 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Tuesday, November 23
Heather and I were talking the other night, during a shift change, about the cub’s nursing, which inspired this update. With the last two cubs, we could typically hear particular noises when the cub was nursing, but not with this one. Normally, these sounds were either of suckling or of what sounded like swallowing. Not this one, he characteristically is quiet.  This becomes a challenge sometimes to confirm nursing as Lun is hiding the cub from view. If the cub is partially visible, we have to rely on the cub’s body movements, swallowing, as well as paying attention to what Lun is doing.  Depending on her position, she won’t move until the cub is finished, and some of these positions don’t look like they would be comfortable for an extended period of time. Luckily with the cub growing, it is much more difficult for Lun to block our view. So, it is getting easier for us to see actual nursing.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 24, 2010, 11:11:26 AM
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/5-7-2010/1124cobb011.png)

:love:.. :love:.. :love:.. :love:.. :love:.. :love:.. :love:.. :love:.. :love:.. :love:.. :love:.. :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 24, 2010, 11:14:15 AM
Wednesday, November 24 Update ...

Since Lun Lun has been reliably leaving the cub to eat, I decided to try to weigh her on Saturday morning. The last time Lun Lun stepped on the scale for us was on October 30; at that time, she weighed 97.2 kg. Lun Lun usually weighs in around 100-106 kg, depending on how full her digestive tract is at the time of weighing. As we have mentioned previously, giant panda mothers will seclude themselves in a den and stop eating prior to giving birth and for a few days to three weeks after. So, a decrease in weight is typical and expected. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much weight Lun Lun has put on in just three weeks after giving birth. She is now up to 101 kg, which is within the range of her normal weight.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/5-7-2010/1124panda_101124_cubexam_ZA_0809.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 24, 2010, 01:58:52 PM
What a cutie!   :love:  Thanks, Beth.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 25, 2010, 02:47:49 PM
Some photos of our American pandas in China are here:

http://pandanews.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/bi-feng-xia-mei-sheng-su-lin-zhen-zhen-tai-shan/#more-2535


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 25, 2010, 06:45:01 PM
Thanks, Beth - the cubbie is so cute.  :love:

hermit - thanks for the link to the American pandas in China - it's so good to see Tai Shan from the National Zoo, and Mei Sheng, Su Lin and Zhennie from San Diego.  :love: :love: :love: Su Lin can sure climb!  :eek:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nancy in va on November 25, 2010, 08:50:21 PM
Many thanks to Hermit and everyone else who adds to this thread.  I can't always find the time to watch the cam, so all posts here are appreciated...very much!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 26, 2010, 12:09:17 AM
Oh my ... I haven't been over here in a few days and I'm amazed at how the little one has grown! ... they don't get any cuter :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:

Thanks hermit and Beth :clap1:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 26, 2010, 11:02:35 AM
Friday, November 26 *Update...

On Wednesday, the cub was 21 days old and the veterinarians gave him another physical examination. He is healthy and growing steadily. His latest measurements are:  weight: 714 g.; tip of nose to tip of tail: 33.5 cm; tail length: 7 cm; neck girth: 16.5 cm; chest girth: 23 cm; abdominal girth: 27 cm. For comparison, last week’s measurements can be found in the Friday, November 19 update.
I looked back in our records to compare this cub to both Mei Lan and Xi Lan at similar ages.
At 19 days, Mei Lan’s measurements were: weight: 671.6 g; tip of nose to tip of tail: 33 cm; tail length: 7 cm; neck girth: 16 cm; chest girth: 22 cm; abdominal girth: 24 cm.
Also at 19 days, Xi Lan’s measurements were:  weight: 544.8 g; tip of nose to tip of tail: 29.2 cm; tail length: 5.7 cm; neck girth: 13.7 cm; chest girth: 19.8 cm; abdominal girth: 23.3 cm.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals

11-24 webcam photo ...

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/5-7-2010/1126panda_101124_cubexam_ZA_0832.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 26, 2010, 11:05:19 AM
Thanks hermit for the link, sweet photos!!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on November 26, 2010, 11:24:30 AM
Sure sounds like he's a healthy little tubby.   :nod2: :bigsmile:

ETA - darnit, I opened the cam but missed a pic of the little cutie pie!!   :rolleyes2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 26, 2010, 02:03:24 PM
Beth, thank you for posting today's update.   :bigsmile:  I'm adding Thursday's, which wasn't there yesterday.    :puzzled2:

Thursday, November 25
Happy Thanksgiving! The cub looks like he had a big meal. He is very plump, which is exactly what we like to see. He had a quick veterinary exam yesterday. The exam confirmed that he is in excellent health and is clearly thriving. He weighed 714 g. He is 25 cm long and his chest girth is 23 cm. His tail is now 7 cm long. 
 
Lun Lun is an old pro at mothering now. She and the cub seem relaxed and content - the perfect mood for Thanksgiving.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 26, 2010, 06:24:02 PM
Thanks hermit, 11/25 update wasn't there this am  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 27, 2010, 01:01:57 PM
Saturday, November 27 Update...
The cub has a full coat of very short hair now. He also still has some of the long, fuzzy, sparse, white hair that he was born with. But under this is his new coat of black and white hair. His new coat will grow longer and thicker over the next couple of months, until it is like the dense, wooly coat of his parents. For now, his hair parts down the middle of his back, which I think is very cute. But it will only last a couple of weeks. The new hair is already helping to keep him warm and is a sign that Lun Lun will soon be able to spend more time away from him. He looks like a miniature adult giant panda now, and this is the beginning of the irresistible good looks that will last his whole life.  :love:
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 28, 2010, 02:14:09 AM
Thanks for the update, Beth.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on November 29, 2010, 11:39:18 AM
Monday, November 29 Update...

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/5-7-2010/panda_101124_cubexam_ZA_0820-1.jpg)

Over the last few nights, Lun Lun has bleated quite often. These vocalizations are not random, though, but occur at particular times. Most often she will bleat after she is done eating and returning to her cub from a separate den. Lun Lun will also bleat if she is about to pick the cub up off the ground. Is this a sign that the cub’s ears are opening up and he is hearing noises for the first time? There are numerous cases in nature in which the offspring can recognize its mother’s unique call and vice-versa. So, is Lun “teaching” the cub the sound of her voice? It would be good for the cub to know when it is mom coming back, and not some sort of threat. This is just my speculation and we may never know if this is the case, but it is interesting that right now she only vocalizes at these times. 
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III


(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/5-7-2010/1129pan006-1.png)
 :love: :-* :love:
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/5-7-2010/1129pan003.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 29, 2010, 01:53:19 PM
Thanks, Beth.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 30, 2010, 02:49:40 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Tuesday, November 30
Sometimes I wish that there was a way to take photos from overhead in Lun Lun’s den. I see some of the cutest and most perfect situations from that angle, but unfortunately there is no camera to take photos from there. With the cub getting older and larger, Lun is exposing him much more, and I can see him a lot when they are both lying down resting. The other night it was the perfect pose; they had their noses right next to each other as if they were giving “Eskimo kisses.” The angles that we have to work with to take pictures aren’t always the best to get a clear shot of both, but you work with what you have. We still get some great photos periodically, though, so all hope is not lost. It is too dark anyway at night to take photos. So, I guess often during my shift that it would not matter anyway.  
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_101129_cub_lunlun_ZA_0889.jpg)

 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 30, 2010, 08:29:41 PM
Thanks, hermit and beth for the cuteness updates.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on December 01, 2010, 05:50:55 AM
 :love:

hermit thanks, sweet photo!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 01, 2010, 02:02:53 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, December 1
The cub is becoming more active each day. When Lun Lun leaves him alone, he wiggles and stretches and exercises his muscles. He works one back leg as if to scratch himself or he manages to turn himself around on the floor. Most importantly, he can right himself when he ends up on his back. Just last week, if he accidentally rolled onto his back while Lun Lun was away, he was very unhappy – flailing his legs in the air and squawking loudly until Lun Lun rushed back and picked him up. He was like a stranded tortoise! But now he has developed enough muscle strength to roll himself over onto his stomach fairly quickly when he is supine. I am actually surprised he can roll over at all since his belly is so fat, but I have seen him do it several times in recent days. This is a big step for the little guy!
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


 :love:  :love:

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_101130_cub_ZA_0933.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on December 01, 2010, 09:44:17 PM
My gosh, so small when they're born, but they grow so fast!!   :nod2: :shock: :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on December 02, 2010, 01:11:08 PM
Thursday, December 2 Update...

While looking through the pictures that have been taken of the cub, Heather and I noticed how much he is already starting to resemble Yang Yang. People always ask how we are able to tell the pandas apart. Well, the truth is to us they all have very different features. Mei Lan looked just like a miniature Lun Lun, whereas Xi Lan has his mother’s fluffy cheeks and his father’s big ears. The new baby cub has a wide bridge of his nose just like Yang Yang, and as he gets older, I’m sure other similarities will become more pronounced. They all make up the cutest fuzzy family I have ever seen!

The cub has his latest exam this morning; keep checking back to see how much our little man has grown!
Kris Gelhardt
Seasonal Keeper


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 02, 2010, 01:46:36 PM
Thanks, Beth.   :bigsmile:

Here's the latest photo:

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_101129_cub_ZA_0894.jpg)

 :love:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Doralyn on December 02, 2010, 07:53:02 PM
Thanks everyone for all the updates and photos here.  The cub is growing so fast, and is sooooo cute!!  And Lun Lun is a great Mom :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 03, 2010, 02:01:40 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, December 3
Today the cub is 1 month old! Yesterday, he received his weekly physical exam. He is very healthy. He weighs 1064 g. From the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail he is 35 cm; tail length is 6 cm; neck girth is 17.5 cm; chest girth is 25.5 cm; abdominal girth is 27.5 cm. To see how much the cub has grown, go to the Friday, November 26 update.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_101202_cubexam_hayleymurphy_ZA_0973.jpg)  (http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_101202_cubexam_ZA_0991-75-75.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Barbara on December 03, 2010, 02:14:36 PM
Hermit, thanks for bringing this over here, he is so adorable.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on December 03, 2010, 05:31:39 PM
Thanks hermit ...
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/Smileys-emotions/1124pamdanumber1mom.gif)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 05, 2010, 02:29:17 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Saturday, December 4
Now that Lun Lun is leaving her cub uncovered more, it is much easier to see nursing. Yesterday I watched the cub nurse twice. When he is latched on, Lun Lun remains still so that he isn't dislodged. She sits quietly or rests and sometimes she gently licks him while he nurses. It's very peaceful to watch. Sometimes the cub will just nurse from one nipple other times he will nurse from two or three. When he gets older it will be normal for him to move around a lot in a nursing bout and nurse from all four nipples more than once in a session. Lun Lun is very good at helping him get in the right position when he's searching for a nipple too. It's really nice to see what a good mother she is.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 05, 2010, 03:18:24 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Sunday, December 5
In the last two days, Lun has had some very long feeding sessions.  Up until then, a good session consisted of about only 10 minutes, and then she would head back to the cub.  She always seemed a little anxious while eating, so this probably hampered her eating for longer periods of time.  The last two days, though, she has had multiple sessions over 25 minutes, and a few were close to 45 minutes.  Her appetite must be coming back full force now.  Luckily the cub has been quiet while she is away the majority of the time.  If he happens to vocalize, Lun seems basically unconcerned, though she will take some glances at him from time to time.  These sessions were probably also longer due to the fact that she must eat bamboo before she gets any of her biscuits, and then they get tossed into the den where she must find them.  This is all good to see, as the more that she eats, the more milk that she can produce.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 05, 2010, 10:08:45 PM
Thank you hermit :)

Here is a link (courtesy of Skipper) to a video of an actual wild panda!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amI5SeZ2pCo


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 06, 2010, 02:43:51 AM
Great video!  Thanks, BOP.  (http://www.hostingphpbb.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on December 06, 2010, 12:23:29 PM
Monday, December 6
Lun Lun has always had a strong appetite. She is notorious for going all day eating instead of napping like the boys. Tonight is proof that that hunger is back. While the baby boy is sleeping away, Lun has felt free to leave him for 30 to 40 minutes to sit in the adjacent den to eat. The little cub is comfortable resting quietly in the hay, occasionally wiggling around. This time apart is important for both cub and Lun because it’s when he can learn to be more independent (exercising those little legs!). And she gets some much needed meal time!
Kris Gelhardt
Seasonal Keeper


I keep trying to get a look today ... hard to see that little cubby in all of Momma's fur!   :nod2: :mhihi:
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_06122010_101437.jpg)
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_06122010_142244.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 06, 2010, 02:04:23 PM
Thanks, Patti.   :bigsmile:

A short clip from NBC news:    :8)

http://www.slashcontrol.com/free-tv-shows/nbc-nightly-news-with-brian-williams/66275942-panda-researchers-dress-the-part


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on December 07, 2010, 08:30:48 AM
TY hermit for the clip from China...Just like the OM folks!

Great photos Patti!

Thanks BOP for the link from Skipper!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 07, 2010, 02:20:07 PM
Beth, I hate to admit how stupid I am, but what does OM stand for?   :blush2:

From Zoo Atlanta:

Tuesday, December 7
The cub has been on the move, well at least somewhat.Last night, I was able to see him wiggle his way around, trying to get his feet beneath him. Twice while Lun was away he was like a little worm. He moved at least one body length the first time, and then over two body lengths a second time. He may have been on the hunt for his mother. Another time, when Lun had rolled away from him, he squirmed towards her until he was able to touch her. Lun seemed unaffected by this.The cub was quiet, and so there was no need for her to be alarmed. He is just working those muscles, so that they get big and strong to pester his mother in a few months.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on December 07, 2010, 02:58:32 PM
Complete, Total, Adorable-ness Overload!!!   :nod2: :love:

First we get our patootie washed ...   :lollol:
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_07122010_164420.jpg)
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_07122010_164434.jpg)
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_07122010_164444.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on December 07, 2010, 02:59:46 PM
And then we roll overrrrrrr the other way for a few licks and cuddles.   :bigsmile: :bigsmile:

(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_07122010_164614.jpg)
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_07122010_165113.jpg)
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_07122010_165243.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 08, 2010, 02:43:41 AM
Great captures!   :thumbsup1:  Thanks, Patti


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 08, 2010, 01:52:24 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, December 8
Since Lun Lun and the cub are doing so well and there is nothing new to report today, I hope no one minds if I use this update to talk about the cub’s big brother, Xi Lan. I have previously mentioned that I am training Xi Lan for voluntary blood draws. Last week, one of the Zoo’s vet techs, Sharon, and I worked with Xi Lan by actually inserting a needle into his forearm. He was not thrilled by this and gave Sharon the evil eye when she did it, but he held his arm still, at least initially. We quickly found out that Xi Lan takes after Yang Yang – his blood flows slowly. Xi Lan did not want to hold as long as we needed him to for his blood to reach the syringe connected to the butterfly needle. We tried a few more times because Xi Lan was eager to continue training, but were not successful in collecting blood. He presented his arm and held the position nicely, but just not quite long enough yet. This training is done through a barrier using positive reinforcement. Xi Lan is able to choose whether he wants to participate or not. He can walk away at any point in the session. The only consequence is that he does not receive the food treats used for reinforcement at that time. But he does receive that food later in the day. We will continue to work with him, so stay tuned for further updates on Xi Lan’s training!
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on December 08, 2010, 08:47:36 PM
So much to catch up on ... thank you everyone!!!!! That little one is growing quickly and is more adorable each day .... so sweet! :love:

Here is a link to the same story that you posted the link to hermit ... from another show ...
http://tinyurl.com/2e2spr9


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on December 09, 2010, 09:45:51 AM
hermit-Operation Migration folks dress in white gowns so the cranes will not see human figures, also they do not talk.

Super pics Patti!
Thanks nightengale!
 
 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on December 09, 2010, 09:51:43 AM
12-8-10 photo :love:

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/5-7-2010/128pa003.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 09, 2010, 02:12:41 PM
Chris, thanks for the link.   :bigsmile:

Beth, thanks for the explanation of OM (I should nave figured that out  :blush2: ), and for the picture of the little one.   :bigsmile:

From Zoo Atlanta:

Thursday, December 9
Today is the day of the next cub exam! Most panda cubs partially open their eyes at just over one month of age. Our little boy cub is now within this time frame, so eye opening is the next milestone to be excited about. After his eyes begin to open, they will likely be fully opened within two weeks. So far I haven't seen any sign of him attempting to spread those lids, but it could be any day now. It seems that he is growing so fast every time I see him. I'm ready for him to open those eyes and see the world for the first time!
Kris Gelhardt
Seasonal Keeper


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_101208_lunlun_cub_ZA_1110.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 09, 2010, 02:31:58 PM
(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/firefox2010-12-0913-29-28-00.jpg)-(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/firefox2010-12-0913-32-16-07.jpg)

so cute  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 10, 2010, 02:28:22 AM
I would like to pick him up and cuddle him.   :bigsmile:   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 10, 2010, 01:50:18 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, December 10
On Thursday, the cub was 36 days old and he received his weekly physical exam. Vet staff noted that his right eye is beginning to open! Kris and I were just talking about this last night, and he is right on schedule. His measurements are as follows:  Weight: 1364 g.; Tip of nose to tip of tail: 39.5 cm.; tail length: 6.5 cm.; neck girth: 21 cm.; chest girth: 29 cm.; abdominal girth: 32 cm. (his belly is as round as his body is long!).

At the same age of 36 days, Mei Lan weighed (a whopping!) 1726.4 g., but her other measurements were very similar to this cub. Xi Lan weighed 1368 g. at 36 days, but we do not have measurements for him at a similar age. Some variation in weight and body measurements is normal for giant panda cubs, just as it is for other animals. This cub is growing steadily, hitting milestones on time, and best of all is healthy, like his older siblings.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 10, 2010, 02:08:45 PM
Thanks, hermit. A little butterball.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 10, 2010, 02:23:02 PM
Here is a new video of our sweet Mei Lan.   :love:

http://news.cntv.cn/program/C21248/20101128/104058.shtml


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 12, 2010, 02:32:24 AM

From Zoo Atlanta:

Saturday, December 11
Lun Lun is starting to spend significantly more time away from her cub. She sometimes spends this time away eating as has been described in previous updates. But in the last few days she has also spent some of her time away resting. This is normal behavior. Lun Lun did this with her other cubs at around the same age. Wild giant pandas mothers have to spend time away from their cubs traveling to bamboo feeding sites and consuming bamboo. Lun Lun only has to travel a few feet to reach her bamboo, but she still spends time away. The cub doesn't need her to stay warm anymore and he is normally quiet while she is away. I think it is good for him to have this time alone, because it's normal for giant panda cubs to be alone for increasingly longer stretches of time. In the next couple of weeks, I expect Lun Lun to start to become a little restless about being confined to two dens. Then we know it's time to give her more space. We start by giving her access to another den farther away from the cub. Then we begin giving her access to one of the indoor exhibit rooms. Lun Lun will gradually increase the amount of time she spends away from her cub, but she will still check on him regularly and continue to keep him clean and well-fed.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 12, 2010, 01:55:37 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Sunday, December 12
There has been nothing too exciting to report in the last few days that I have seen. I am sure it was mentioned in years past, but I often hope that either Lun or the cub does something to give me a good update. Well, I have been waiting but neither wants to cooperate for my benefit. Lun continues to eat well, as noted by her eating over 5.5 kg of bamboo last night. This number will continue to increase as she spends more time away. She typically can be relied on to eat 7-8 kg, if not more, if she likes the bamboo. The cub is still typically quiet, while Lun is eating. Unless he is on his back. There are guaranteed to be some loud vocalizations if that occurs. Hopefully by my next update, Lun or the cub will give me a good idea to write about.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 12, 2010, 10:47:26 PM
Nothing exciting is good news as it means everything is coming along as it should.  :mhihi: I still remember how worried we all were when Xi Lan was a newborn and had to be taken from Lun and put in an incubator because she had mastitis and wasn't breastfeeding.  :shock:  I'm so glad it all turned out well for them both.  :nod2:

Thanks, hermit, for the video of Mei Lan - what a beautiful panda she is.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 13, 2010, 01:49:34 PM
You're welcome. BOP.  She is beautiful.

From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, December 13
Because it was so chilly this morning, I had the luxury of collecting data on Yang Yang from inside the building (he was in one of the dayrooms). As an added bonus, while I collected data, I also got to watch the cub for an hour. For the first few minutes Lun rested with the cub on her forearm, which gave me a great view of him. Soon, though, Lun went into the adjacent den to eat and left the cub to rest by himself in the nest box. He was quiet the entire time, but certainly wasn’t still. As the keepers have reported, he’s doing a lot of stretching and flexing, so when the time his right, he can begin scooting across the floor with purpose. I find that giant panda cubs are most entertaining once they begin to walk, but there’s something nice about this stage, too. It’s similar to the stage that human infants go through before they learn to crawl. Just like with human parents and infants, it’s easier now for Lun, because the cub can’t go too far too quickly. Once he becomes mobile, Lun will have more to keep track of as he begins to test his environment.
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 14, 2010, 01:58:46 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Tuesday, December 14
Lun Lun continues to spend more time away from the cub, not only to eat but also to rest. This evening Lun sat up without the cub, then rested against the nestbox. The cub was cute. As soon as he realized that Lun wasn’t there, he started to vocalize and wiggle his way to his mother. I was mentally joking to myself that he was saying “mom, mom, come back, mom, mom, where are you I need you” as he edged ever closer to her. He probably moved about two body lengths to get there, and may have slightly startled Lun. She seemed surprised that the cub was touching her on her rump, but willingly turned around to take care of his needs. After he was settled, Lun went off to get some bamboo.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 15, 2010, 02:14:39 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, December 15
We all know that Xi Lan is a superstar, but did you know that he is also a star pupil? Indeed, he is! And to prove it, he allowed vet tech, Sharon to draw his blood last Thursday. Sharon and I were so excited and proud of Xi Lan! We were able to get blood on the first try! Xi Lan stayed focused on me and did not react to the needle stick this time and held his position without moving for us to get enough blood for testing. Even after Sharon extracted the needle, Xi Lan kept his forearm in the blood draw sleeve. He got lots of rewards from both Sharon and me, during and after the training session. We will continue working with Xi Lan often so that he does not forget the behavior. This behavior is important because it allows our vet staff to check the pandas’ health without sedating them. Yang Yang, Lun Lun, Mei Lan and now Xi Lan have all mastered the blood draw behavior. In a couple of years, I am sure one of us will be bragging about our new cub once he also learns this valuable behavior.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


What a smart boy!   :8)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 15, 2010, 09:31:29 PM
Way to go Xi Lan!  :thumbsup1:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 17, 2010, 02:06:30 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:
(there was no update on Thursday)

Friday, December 17
On Thursday, the cub had his weekly physical exam by the vet staff.  He weighs 1748 grams, which is a 28% increase in body weight from last week!  His other measurements are as follows: Tip of nose to tip of tail: 42.5 cm.; tail length: 5.5 cm.; neck girth: 23 cm.; chest girth: 32.5 cm.; abdominal girth: 36 cm. The cub is growing so quickly! Before we know it, both eyes will be open and he will be trying to crawl out of the nest box.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on December 17, 2010, 08:55:23 PM
I got this picture yesterday. :) :)

(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_16122010_121655.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 18, 2010, 02:33:35 AM
Cute picture!   :love:  Thanks, Patti.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 18, 2010, 08:25:54 AM
Very sweet capture, PattiO  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 18, 2010, 03:24:00 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Saturday, December 18
During the vet check on Thursday, I was able to see the cub up close for the first time. For the previous exams, I stayed with Lun Lun to make sure she was okay while her cub was away. It's always surprising to me how much bigger giant panda cubs appear in human hands compared to when they are with their mothers. He is still very small compared to Lun Lun, but when the vet is holding him he looks much bigger. His fur has become much thicker and looks fuzzy now. It will continue to grow longer and more wooly over the next several weeks. He was quiet and calm during the exam, but he did lunge forward on the table once. He will likely do more of this when he can see better. As he gets bigger, he might be more vocal and feisty during exams. His older siblings did. Lun Lun was very calm while he was away. I'm not even sure she realized he was gone. She used the time to have a big meal. She went right to him when we opened the door between the dens, picked him up, licked him, and then they had a nap.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD.
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 18, 2010, 03:48:57 PM
Here's a sleepy panda at San Diego Zoo.  :love: I'm not sure if it's Bai Yun or Yun Zi, but I'm guessing Yun Zi.  :mhihi:

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/sdzdec18.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 19, 2010, 02:28:10 AM
That's so cute, BOP.  Thanks.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 21, 2010, 02:38:57 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, December 20
Our little cub is growing quickly, but so is his big brother, Xi Lan. Xi Lan’s current weight range is 55 to 59 kg. He is also noticeably longer and taller. After a leisurely summer he has hit a growth spurt. When the cool weather hits, panda appetites increase. The pandas come out of their sleepy summer lethargy and eat, and eat, and eat. Both Xi Lan and Yang Yang are tucking into their bamboo with vigor. This is reflected in their evening weights which are significantly higher than their morning weights. Xi Lan is 2-3 kg heavier in the evening and Yang Yang is 5-10 kg heavier. Lun Lun also has her full appetite back and is eating with her usual gusto.

Given the cub is doing so well and life is returning to normal for the giant pandas and keepers, we will revert to our previous schedule of providing updates on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting this week.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 22, 2010, 02:09:29 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, December 22
Since the cub is growing and does not need Lun Lun to hold him constantly, she sometimes sleeps away from him. This could entail just turning away from the cub without leaving the nest box or leaving the nest box entirely to lie down on the other side of the den. Recently, she has also occasionally slept in the adjacent den. She is never too far away and does not spend long sleeping away from him. This change in behavior is completely normal for a mother panda with a cub this age. The cub usually rests quietly or does his exercises (i.e., pushing his chest up with his front legs) while Lun Lun is away. However, despite Lun Lun’s latest step towards independence, she still seems to prefer sleeping with her cub.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


 :bigsmile:   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 27, 2010, 04:11:15 AM
The Zoo Atlanta panda cam and update site hasn't been available since Thursday, but I was checking the San Diego Zoo updates, and there was one posted on December 14 about Su Lin and Zhen Zhen.  There are some pictures, too.

http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2010/12/14/su-lin-zhen-zhen-update/


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 27, 2010, 02:11:37 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, December 24-Happy Holidays!
The cub had his usual vet check yesterday. He weighed 2.2 kg. From the tip of his nose to the base of his tail is 36 cm. His neck girth is 23 cm and his chest girth is 35.5 cm. He was calm and quiet during the exam. Lun Lun was calm and quiet as well. She spent the time eating as usual.

Yesterday, the keepers gave Lun Lun access to more space in the building. She spent some time wandering around and smelling a transfer area that leads to the other half of the building. Soon we will begin giving her access to a dayroom, so that she can get some exercise and a change of scenery. I imagine she is pretty tired of the same three dens she’s been in since October.

Christmas is a quiet day at the Zoo, because we’re closed. But a large number of keepers come in to care for the animals and they usually provide festive, holiday themed enrichment for the animals to celebrate the day. Sometimes we take advantage of the quiet. For example, four years ago, we put Mei Lan into the dayroom for the first time on Christmas day, so that she could start getting used to it before her public debut. This cub is too young for that. So, it will be a regular day for him. But he has an exciting year ahead of him!
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals

Monday, December 27
It’s only been a few days since I last saw the cub, and although I saw his weight and measurements from his most recent exam, I’m still surprised at how big he looks! Right now Lun is in the adjacent den eating, and the cub has turned himself about 360 degrees by wiggling around. Although the keepers tell me that he’s been a bit fussy lately, right now he’s resting quietly in the nest box.

While the cub was resting inside this morning, Yang Yang and Xi Lan got a taste of the great outdoors, including some snow. Yang rubbed the snow all over his body, like he does with some scents, and Xi Lan seemed genuinely perplexed by it. It did, however, give him the motivation to play. I wonder if our new little cub will enjoy snow as much as his older brother.

Thanks to everyone for their holiday wishes, cards and photos. All of us, including the pandas, appreciate being in your thoughts this holiday season.
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_101223_cub_exam_ZA_1142.jpg)

 :love:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on December 27, 2010, 07:37:35 PM
 :love: :love: :love:  He's sooooooo adorable!!!   :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 27, 2010, 08:39:59 PM
:love: :love: :love:  He's sooooooo adorable!!!   :nod2:

I second that!  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on December 28, 2010, 05:03:06 PM
 :clap1: :clap1: :clap1:  Gotta watch!!   :mhihi: :love:

Posted on Facebook ....

Quote
Remember the cub's big brother? Get reacquainted with the one-and-only Xi Lan in this morning's USTREAM video featuring giant panda keeper Kate Roca and Lun Lun's and Yang Yang's second-born.

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11687235


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 29, 2010, 02:46:27 AM
That was interesting.  Thanks, Patti.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MT Belfry on December 29, 2010, 03:28:21 AM
Hi to ALL.....great coverage of newest USA little one! (see that his eyes are open now!)  :bigsmile: THANKS
Was in need of PANDA FIX so cruised You tube.... LCNessie does it again!  :nod2: :love:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JkCDdohLW8


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 29, 2010, 09:35:20 AM
Thanks Patti and MT :D


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on December 29, 2010, 11:39:54 AM
I've been snapping a few pics today!  :)

(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_29122010_110754-1.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on December 29, 2010, 11:40:34 AM
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_29122010_130607.jpg)

(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_29122010_132157.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 29, 2010, 02:16:36 PM
Thanks MT for the video link, and Patti for the pictures.  (http://www.hostingphpbb.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif)

From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, December 29
On Tuesday, the daytime keepers reported that, for the first time, Lun Lun carried the cub into the den where we feed her. However, she did not feel comfortable with the cub in there and quickly took him back to the nest box. As we give Lun Lun access to more space, she will have to grow comfortable moving farther away from the cub for periods of time. I am interested to see what she does with this cub once she has access to the dayroom. With Mei Lan, Lun Lun was happy to leave her safely ensconced in the nest box while she ate her fill in the dayroom. It took Lun Lun a long time to feel at ease with Mei Lan spending time in the dayroom. On the contrary, with Xi Lan, Lun Lun must have felt he was safer with her and carried him out to the dayroom within a few days of going out there herself for the first time after his birth. At his age, it is unlikely that Lun Lun will want to move this cub from the dens yet, but then again, with Lun Lun, you just never know what she will do. She likes to keep us guessing!
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on December 31, 2010, 03:45:33 AM
Wonderful pics and video!  Thanks  :nod2:

He is just the sweetest little one :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 31, 2010, 02:32:17 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, December 31
While Lun Lun was waiting for her den to get cleaned today, I decided to give her one of her favorite treats, a frozen banana! At first she walked away from the cub to enjoy her banana in private, but half way through her frozen snack the cub started to get a little fussy. Being the good mom that she is, she stopped eating and walked to him right away. She picked him up and started to try to place him to nurse; however, she was unwilling to put down her banana! So she used her front left paw and back right foot to maneuver the cub into position while holding her treat with her front right paw. (This was pretty funny to watch!) Once he was in place, she felt free to finishes her well- deserved snack!
Kris Gelhardt
Seasonal Keeper


(http://www.hostingphpbb.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on December 31, 2010, 03:17:33 PM
Thanks for the update hermit-funny :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on January 03, 2011, 09:43:39 AM
Monday, January 3 Update...

This past weekend started off as nice weather, but as the day progressed the rain came in. I had put Xi Lan outside when it was nice, but did not get him back inside before the rains started. He found an area out of the rain to rest, and so he seemed at least semi-comfortable. As the rains got heavier, he just made attempts to curl up into a smaller ball to get away from the "wetness" that was happening. This could have been easier if he went into the cave, but he was trying his luck elsewhere. It all made me think of Mei Lan and how she did not mind the rain. She would just eat or sleep, going about her business. Now, how is the new cub going to react? That is the current question. Who is he going to take after? Xi Lan, Mei or possibly his father who doesn't even like to get his feet wet? Hopefully, it will be like his big sister Mei!
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III


Photo from the home page today...

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/12-10-2010/13panda.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 03, 2011, 02:34:33 PM
Thanks, Beth.   :bigsmile:  That little face is adorable.   :love:   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 03, 2011, 07:59:58 PM
SO cute!  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on January 04, 2011, 07:36:55 AM
The color pictures are so much nicer!  I took these yesterday...

All sprawled out...
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_03012011_115440.jpg)

(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_03012011_121038.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 05, 2011, 03:13:24 AM
Thanks, Patti.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MT Belfry on January 05, 2011, 03:57:31 AM
 :bigsmile:
THANKS for ALL the great coverage & s'caps!

Here's another vid by LCNessie    ROAD TRIP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6yx5-rnuvg


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 05, 2011, 03:32:25 PM
I love LCNessie's videos.  Thanks, MT.   :bigsmile:

From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, January 5
The other night was very quiet in the panda building. Mom and cub slept most of the night, except for a few late night snacks for Lun Lun. Usually on these late night shifts, I find that Xi Lan likes to sleep in the back of the hallway and barely poke his head out. But that night he was extra playful. Every time I walk by he is ready for some attention. I indulged him with some biscuits and extra attention since Lun and cub were so peaceful.
Kris Gelhardt
Seasonal Keeper


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on January 07, 2011, 12:41:56 PM
Friday, January 7 UPdate...

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/12-10-2010/17panda_110106_cub_exam_ZA_1481.jpg)

Yesterday the cub had his weekly physical exam. During this week’s exam, the cub received his first vaccine, which apparently, he did not like very much. He vocalized loudly during the exam. Since Lun Lun is such a protective and devoted mother, she became a bit agitated after hearing the cub vocalize. Fortunately, these weekly exams are very brief and Lun Lun and the cub were quickly reunited. Lun Lun licked and nursed the cub right away and both promptly relaxed back into their normal routine. The cub’s latest measurements are: weight: 3.01 kg.; tip of nose to tip of tail: 48 cm.; tail length: 6 cm.; neck girth: 30 cm.; chest girth: 39 cm.; abdominal girth: 43 cm.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/12-10-2010/17panda.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 08, 2011, 04:22:07 AM
Thank you, Beth.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on January 08, 2011, 05:14:52 PM
Interesting and   :nod2: Panda-related (!)

http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_16988000?source=rss&nclick_check=1


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on January 10, 2011, 04:03:14 PM
Monday, January 10 Update...
Tubby   :-*
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/12-10-2010/110char004.png)
The cub had an adventure this afternoon that I don’t think he enjoyed that much. While we were cleaning up after the boys' lunch feeding, Lun Lun took her cub into Den 1. He seemed to be fine with this, as Lun was holding and licking him. So, Amy and I went back to cleaning. After we finished, we cleaned out Lun’s den so that she could have some fresh bamboo. Before she went off to eat, she returned the cub to Den 2, but not the nest box.  She just laid him on the ground in front of it. Initially, the cub just started to wiggle around, trying to get his feet under him. Though he was not fully successful, I did see him get on all four feet for a split second. As he was not making much progress, he started to vocalize, which got louder and louder until Lun showed up.  At first she just sat over him, licking him, which calmed him down (I guess a mother's touch can do that!). Instead of taking him to the nest box, Lun thought about trying out Den 3, though she quickly realized that she would not be able to eat and keep him calm.  So, it was back to Den 2 and the nest box this time. After about a minute, Lun left him to go eat, but he was happy and quiet by then.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III


Taking their naps  --> but not together... 
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/12-10-2010/110char003.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 10, 2011, 04:53:54 PM
Thank you, Beth.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MT Belfry on January 12, 2011, 09:51:13 AM
 :clap1: :clap1: Great caps Beth, thank you......"TUBBY"   :lollol:

Earlier saw some new photos of MEI, she looks good!!!    :nod2:

Appreciate all the updates!   :nod2:  :bigsmile:




Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 12, 2011, 02:20:37 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, January 12
Sunday and Monday the Atlanta area received snow and sleet. Significant accumulation that lasts for more than a day or two is rare in Atlanta and we are coming to grips with the fact that the snow is still here. Because many roads in the metro area are impassable, it has been challenging to ensure that the animal areas are sufficiently staffed and everyone has been working extra hard. But we have enjoyed watching the animals experience the snow. For some of them it is the first time. Others have experienced it before, but not often. The giant panda are built for snow. Their dense, wooly coats and furry paws make them impervious to cold, wet conditions. But no one told Yang Yang that. He will brave the snow briefly, usually if food is involved. However, he clearly prefers to stay dry and relatively warm (the dayroom temperatures have been around 45). Xi Lan is tougher. He enjoys exploring his snow covered enclosure and manages to look comfortable curled up for an outdoor nap. Lun Lun and her new cub will miss the snow this time. Perhaps they will see some later this year or they might have to wait until next year for a snowy adventure.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on January 14, 2011, 12:32:42 PM
Thanks hermit! :nod2:


Friday, January 14 Update...

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/Smileys-emotions/1124pamdanumber1mom.gif)

The cub received his weekly physical exam yesterday as usual. He continues to grow steadily. He now weighs 3.17 kg. His other measurements are: tip of nose to tip of tail: 51 cm.; tail length: 5 cm.; neck girth: 28 cm.; chest girth: 42 cm.; abdominal girth: 42.5 cm.

Later that evening the cub hit somewhat of a new milestone.  Lun Lun took him into the den where we typically place her bamboo (adjacent to the nesting den). She nursed him and when she was finished, she set him down by her feet and ate bamboo. However, the cub was unhappy, either because he is unaccustomed to being surrounded by bamboo or because he was still hungry. He vocalized softly until Lun Lun picked him up and tended to him. Then she put him back down to continue eating. Before long, the cub was vocalizing again and Lun Lun picked him up again. This series of events occurred several times until the cub tired and fell asleep on the floor of this unfamiliar space. This is one the first of many experiences in which the cub will have to learn to be comfortable in a new environment.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on January 14, 2011, 01:00:31 PM
  :love: Our sweetie was on TV today :love:


http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/gmas-close-atlantas-baby-panda-12617026


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 14, 2011, 02:13:26 PM
Thanks, Beth.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on January 14, 2011, 04:29:29 PM
Aaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 14, 2011, 08:05:02 PM
aawww - Baby is such a cute TV star!  :love: Thanks, Beth.

San Diego Zoo:
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Ice Cake for Gao: We are celebrating the 8th anniversary of Gao Gao's arrival at the San Diego Zoo with a small ice cake on Saturday, January 15. Our famous panda dad will receive the three-layer cake around 9:15 a.m. We hope you can come watch Gao enjoy his special treat in person or on Panda Cam!

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam/


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 15, 2011, 02:43:49 AM
Thanks, BOP.   :bigsmile:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GAO GAO!   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 16, 2011, 11:18:06 PM
from San Diego Zoo Facebook:

Quote
Gao Gao was one happy panda yesterday when we gave him his ice cake to celebrate the anniversary of his arrival here. Thanks to everyone who came out to show him some love.

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs040.snc6/167070_10150094415207147_28896772146_6116369_1661980_n.jpg)



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 17, 2011, 04:14:02 AM
Thank you, BOP.   :bigsmile:  That's a nice cake!  I'm happy to see Gao Gao getting some attention.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 17, 2011, 07:39:08 AM
I'm happy to see Gao Gao getting some attention.   :bigsmile:

Yes, after all he is daddy of 4 and has no need for AI.  :mhihi: What a guy!  :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 17, 2011, 02:27:16 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, January 17
I was thinking to myself the other day that I will be able to experience something new with this cub. I will be able to see his development from ages 4-8 months! For Mei Lan and Xi Lan, I was around for their births and later development, but missed the time that they were with starting to walk and climb in the dayroom. Four months after each of them was born, I went to China for four months to collect data for giant panda behavioral studies at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This time I won’t be going to China; we completed data collection for these studies in 2009. In the past I always relied on Kate, Heather, or Jay to update me on things that were occurring with our cubs or I read the updates when I was able to get an internet connection. This time I will see it first hand. So, I have some excitement to look forward to in a few months. Now I can put a real-time image to things that before I had only heard about.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 21, 2011, 03:26:11 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

(no Wednesday update)

Friday, January 21
The cub had his weekly physical exam yesterday and he now weighs 3.72 kgs. He is getting much more mobile now. He spends much of his time scooting around the nest box. I have seen him get at least two feet underneath himself and propel his body forward; he has yet to put all four feet on the floor at the same time. However, he already has enough muscle strength in his legs and neck to move himself around between all four of Lun Lun’s nipples during a nursing bout. Before long, he will be crawling and then climbing out of the nest box without Lun Lun’s help.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110120_cub_exam_ZA_1745.jpg)

 :love:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on January 22, 2011, 08:59:29 AM
Thanks hermit...I checked several times yesterday for a update :puzzled2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 24, 2011, 01:34:47 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, January 24
Lun Lun and cub were on the move last night. Every 20 mintues for two hours Lun picked up her cub and moved him all around their dens. The cub didn't seem to mind because he didn't make a peep, but Lun just couldn't seem to get comfortable. Around midnight I gave Lun Lun the rest of her overnight bamboo and she finally got comfortable eating. I guess the way to this girl’s heart is through her stomach! She ate for over an hour and half and then slept for the rest of our time together.

It’s normal for giant panda mothers in the wild to relocate their cubs to different dens. Lun’s restless behavior may have been an expression of this. She is still returning this cub to the nest box. Eventually we expect she will choose to park this cub outside of the nest box in an adjacent den. She did that with her previous two cubs. And it won’t be long before this cub will be able to climb out of the nest box on his own.
Kris Gelhardt
Seasonal Keeper



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on January 24, 2011, 03:18:55 PM
Thanks hermit :nod2:

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/12-10-2010/119panda004.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 24, 2011, 03:32:45 PM
Thanks, hermit. Cute scap, Beth!  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on January 24, 2011, 04:11:05 PM
Facebook post ....

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The only giant panda cub born in the U.S. in 2010 will soon reach a new milestone: receiving his name. The cub’s name will be revealed during the 100 Day Giant Panda Cub Celebration at Zoo Atlanta on February 15, 2011.

Like his older siblings before him, the cub will be named in keeping with Chinese tradition, which holds that newborns receive their names around their 100th day of life. Additional information on the event will be provided as details are available. Save the date, and stay tuned for exciting announcements.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 25, 2011, 02:18:32 AM
Thanks for the picture, Beth.  What a sweet face!   :love:  :love:

Thank you, Patti.  I wonder if we will be able to vote this time.   :?:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on January 25, 2011, 07:31:17 AM
I was wondering that too hermit ... because it doesn't sound like it does it?   :nope:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 26, 2011, 01:55:00 PM
If we were going to be allowed to vote, they probably would have said so by now.   :sosad:

From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, January 26
When I arrived for my shift on Tuesday evening, I got a surprise. As usual, I turned on the cameras in the nest box den to find Lun Lun and the cub, but I saw no pandas. That was odd. Where were Lun and the cub? Until this time, the cub has always been in the nest box even if Lun Lun was away eating. So, I had to turn on the dimmer lights in the den area to find them (we have an infrared light in the nest box den so we can see them even when the lights are out). I quickly found them curled up together, resting, in an adjacent den. Of course, Lun Lun got up as soon as she heard me in hopes of getting fresh bamboo and biscuits. As soon as she left the cub, he started vocalizing. She sat down to eat, but, seconds later, she rushed back to the cub and picked him up. After he quieted, she left again and tried to eat. The same thing happened. After going back and forth a few times, Lun Lun finally carried the cub back to the nest box. The cub was asleep within minutes. So, Lun Lun was able to eat for as long as she wanted in peace. This cub does not like to be left alone outside of the nest box! As Kris mentioned, soon Lun Lun may want the cub to spend more time in the other dens as she did with Mei Lan and Xi Lan. It will be interesting to see how he learns to deal with this important step of his development in the coming weeks.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 27, 2011, 04:28:19 AM
Another great video by lcnessie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9ta9_aKRQE

He'll be over the wall soon.   :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on January 27, 2011, 06:50:24 AM
Thanks hermit (update) and lcnessie (video) - so cute!





Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on January 27, 2011, 08:18:34 AM
He is so precious!  I love how Lun makes a 'playpen' for him with her body!   :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 28, 2011, 02:57:22 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, January 28
The cub had his usual vet exam yesterday. He is growing and looks great. His weight was 3.71 kg. His other measurements were: tip of nose to tail base 54 cm, neck girth 34 cm, chest girth 45 cm, and tail length 7 cm. Last night Lun Lun took him out of the nest box and into one of the adjacent dens. She and the cub slept there most of the night. This morning he was still there curled up in the remains of her bamboo. As expected, he is becoming more comfortable outside of the nest box, which is good, because soon he will be out and about with his mother.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 01, 2011, 01:44:16 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, January 31
Over the weekend we finally had the chance to give Lun Lun the opportunity to get some fresh air. The temperature rose above normal, to be in the 60s, so I thought that it would be a great time to open up the porch. One of the dens next to the nestbox area has an enclosed porch area, that we sometimes have the ability to give the pandas overnight during certain times of the year. Being that neither boy has access near this area right now, Lun has the ability to have access to it during the daytime. If the temperatures continue to be at least in the 50s, this change can continue. I am not sure how much she has enjoyed it though, as over the two days I never saw her actually go outside. She has looked out the door, and sat in the doorway to eat, but never took the steps out. Lun has also not taken the cub over into this den while the door is open, so he has yet to see or feel the sun, though I expect that the fresh air blowing into the building is doing good things for his little lungs.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on February 01, 2011, 07:09:03 AM
Thanks hermit :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on February 01, 2011, 01:47:43 PM
How cozy they look! :)

(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_01022011_154523.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 02, 2011, 02:26:32 AM
Cute picture...thanks Patti.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 02, 2011, 01:51:49 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, February 2
Yesterday while I was collecting behavioral data on Lun Lun and her cub, I saw a few moments of play-fighting. Play-fighting is the most common type of play exhibited by young giant pandas, and it has been an interest of mine for many years. Play-fighting is what it sounds like – play behavior that resembles fighting. In giant pandas, this takes the form of wrestling, biting, paw swatting, and chasing. It’s also sometimes referred to as rough and tumble play. You have probably seen dogs, cats, or even children (usually boys) engage in this kind of play. The boys comment isn’t a joke. Play-fighting is more common in young males of some species than it is in young females. This is true for humans and giant pandas. Lun Lun’s new cub is a male. So, I am not surprised to see the early development of play-fighting in him. And I look forward to seeing a lot more of it in the coming months. Play, especially between mother and offspring, is my favorite behavior to watch. I think most people feel the same. Get ready. We have a lot of enjoyable play watching to come!
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 04, 2011, 02:47:25 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, February 4
The cub had his exam yesterday and he weighed 4.55 kg. He’s been working hard lately at getting all four of his paws underneath him so that he can stand up. He took some time during his most recent exam to practice. He’s not stable, but he is making good progress on this goal and will soon be an accomplished walker. During the exam, vet staff noted small bumps along his gums, which means his teeth will likely erupt very soon.
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110127_cub_exam_ZA_2000.jpg)

 :love:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on February 04, 2011, 03:14:23 PM
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/Smileys-emotion%20%2002/21smiley872.gif) Thanks hermit-little one is growing up...


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 05, 2011, 08:54:30 AM
He is getting so cute  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 09, 2011, 01:59:10 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, February 9
You may have noticed that the pandas are munching on a new type of bamboo the past week or two. Their current diet now includes Arundinaria gigantea, commonly known as river cane. This particular species of bamboo is native to the southeastern United States and can grow as tall as 33 feet! The bears have had this bamboo in the past but they like it best during the cold months. So they are enjoying it now. All three bears destroy this species overnight to the point that there are very few whole pieces to pick up. Hopefully, it will stay cold a little longer, so that they can continue enjoying river cane for a few more weeks!
Kris Gelhardt
Seasonal Keeper


(There was no Monday update.)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on February 14, 2011, 11:02:42 AM
Friday, February 11 Update...Zoo Atlanta

Yesterday was my first opportunity to see the (soon to be named) cub receive his weekly checkup.  He is not afraid to voice his opinion about being handled.  Luckily for him, the exam does not take long and he is quickly returned to Lun Lun.

I went back and found the closest stats of Mei Lan and Xi Lan for comparison. Please remember there is some wiggle room, as the cubs do not sit very still during the measuring process.

New cub (98 days) Xi Lan (96 days) Mei Lan (99 days)

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/12-10-2010/214LANSING002.png)

Dr. Sam Rivera also noted that four teeth have erupted!
Kate Roca
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on February 14, 2011, 11:04:48 AM
Expect The Unexpected at the 100 Day Giant Panda Cub Celebrationby Zoo Atlanta  ~2/15/11~
Unprecedented event will feature a major celebrity appearance!

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/Smileys-emotions/160aa8475825fdcea96f9a2df9da971671.gif)
Lun Lun’s newest cub might be her third, but fans should not expect a re-run of previous naming celebrations.  The only giant panda cub born in the U.S. in 2010 will be named on February 15, 2011, in an extraordinary event unlike any other ever hosted by Zoo Atlanta.

The 100 Day Giant Panda Cub Celebration will feature a surprise appearance by a major international celebrity. The event will continue with a morning of fun and fellowship for giant panda fans from around the world.

While the guest of honor – the 3-month-old cub – will not be present for the festivities, he is expected to make his public debut in late March or early April. In the meantime, fans can keep track of the cub on PandaCam as he learns to walk. Presented by EarthCam, PandaCam runs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on zooatlanta.org.

WHEN:          Tuesday, February 15, 2011  ~  8:00 a.m.
WHERE:         Zoo Atlanta


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 14, 2011, 01:59:06 PM
Thanks, Beth.   :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 14, 2011, 08:05:04 PM
Is tomorrow Naming Day already!?  :shock:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 15, 2011, 08:02:43 AM
Quote
***BREAKING NEWS***
Officials at Zoo Atlanta and DreamWorks Animation SKG, have issued a joint announcement that the only giant panda cub born in the U.S. in 2010 has a name: Po!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on February 15, 2011, 08:15:11 AM
Po ... ?  Okkkk ... odd.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 15, 2011, 08:23:37 AM
I checked the HWF forum - Po is the name of Kung Foo Panda, and star Jack Black appeared at the naming ceremony. Kung Fu Panda 2 is soon to be released. I don't think I like Hollywood marketing taking over from the previous namings which honored Chinese tradition.  :nono1: The zoo probably got a big donation from Dreamworks.  :sigh2:

Po and Lun
(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/PoandLun.jpg)

Po
(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/Po.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on February 16, 2011, 10:08:42 AM
Me either BOP.   :rolleyes2: :puzzled2:  It's an alright name ... but ...  :sigh2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 16, 2011, 07:27:05 PM
There may be an upside to this partnership  :mhihi:

You Tube - Jack Black speaks for pandas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s_YoSzWq-A

Quote
Kung Fu Panda star Jack Black speaks for real-life pandas in this video from the Kung Fu Panda DVD. As part of the launch for the Kung Fu Panda DVD in Los Angeles, DreamWorks Animation and Conservation International announced a new partnership. DreamWorks will donate $1 million to Conservation International and its partners to jump start a new plan to save wild pandas in China. Pandas are one of the worlds most beloved and recognizable species but they are endangered, with wild panda numbers at a shocking 1,600.
Learn more and find how you can help at:http://www.conservation.org/pandas

Thanks to Skipper for the link.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 17, 2011, 02:44:49 AM
Thank you, BOP, and Skipper, too.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on February 17, 2011, 06:45:02 AM
BOP & Skipper ...
Thanks for the link and info- I feel better about the name now  :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 17, 2011, 07:12:46 AM
At San Diego Zoo, the weaning process is complete for Yun Zi and Bai Yun.  :sigh2:

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On Thursday, February 10, we completed the weaning process for Yun Zi. Keepers had considered putting him together with his mother for a few hours in the mid-morning, but the young bear had enjoyed a hearty breakfast and was sleeping it off all morning. Taking advantage of his peacefulness, the decision was made to forgo a reunion. When he awoke, Yun Zi was moved through the tunnels to the bedrooms in the upper area of the San Diego Zoo Giant Panda Research Station.

It was good timing. Overnight videotaping from the previous two evenings had revealed that mother and offspring experienced bouts of separation anxiety. They had spent some time interacting across the separation gate, no doubt a frustrating experience for both animals. It was time for us to change the situation to the benefit of both bears...

Yun Zi is now in an area with only one camera available. You will get to see him on camera, from time to time, in the garden room. In addition to this space, which places him in close proximity to the keepers, he has the run of three sunrooms and a pair of bedrooms. He will be well pampered by the staff when he feels like interacting. Bai Yun, for her part, will have Gao Gao across the separation gate for now.  We will keep you updated as  changes occur.
More:
http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2011/02/11/panda-yun-zi-on-his-own/


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 17, 2011, 01:55:31 PM
Thanks, BOP.  I know it has to be done, but it's sad.   :sosad:

From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, February 16
Yesterday was a day of celebration at Zoo Atlanta and for the rest of the giant panda community. Lun Lun's latest cub has finally crossed the 100 day barrier and has received a name. With the help of Jack Black of Kung Fu Panda fame, the cub was given the name "Po". You would never have known that there was a celebration going on by looking at the little guy. Po was just treating this like any other work day. Wake up, pose for photos (no makeup), get a little breakfast, nap, get a little snack, nap, scoot around on the floor a while, and of course get another snack in. It's a rough job, but he's just the right panda for it. Lun Lun wouldn't comment on the name either as she was busy taking care of Po's numerous needs, eating bamboo, and getting a little nap time in for herself. On the keeper side of things, it sure is going be nice to call him something other than "the cub".
Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 18, 2011, 02:13:29 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, February 18
Today Po was observed mouthing bamboo for the first time. Giant panda cubs normally start to mouth, chew on, and manipulate bamboo at around four months of age. As usual, Po is right on track and even slightly ahead of schedule. He might ingest tiny pieces of bamboo leaves occasionally when he does this, but he won’t truly start feeding on bamboo until he is 13-14 months of age. Until then, Lun Lun’s milk will be his only source of nutrition. He also spent some time looking over the edge of the nest box today. He is beginning to realize there is world outside of his nest box. Soon he will begin to explore it and soon after that his world will expand when we give him and Lun Lun access to the dayrooms.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110217_po_exam_ZA_2672.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 21, 2011, 03:00:51 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, February 21
Po (I still have the urge to write the cub) continues to make progress with his ability to walk. He has been seen more frequently walking, or attempting to maneuver around on all fours. Earlier this morning Lun left him in Den 1 to go and eat in another area, and he seemed to want to follow. His navigation was off, though, and he went completely in the opposite direction of where Lun had gone. Then he attempted to try to move the wall when he got stuck in a corner. Po was pushing with all his might to get through the wall, but the wall won. I guess that is a lesson that he still needs to learn. He eventually gave up, probably because he was tired, and just went to sleep.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 21, 2011, 05:17:48 PM
Oh I would love to see a video of Po trying to move the wall!  :mhihi: :lol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on February 22, 2011, 09:45:03 AM
Thanks for the updates... :love:

 :lollol:

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/12-10-2010/222po.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Beth on February 22, 2011, 11:02:57 AM
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/12-10-2010/222po002.png) :love: (http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/12-10-2010/222po004.png)

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z166/wjhbah/12-10-2010/222po006.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on February 22, 2011, 11:50:45 AM
I've been watching too Beth ... is that not the cutest thing!!!   :love: :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 22, 2011, 02:24:46 PM
Thanks for the captures, Beth.   :happy

From Zoo Atlanta:

WAS THAT PO?

by Zoo Atlanta on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 11:13am.
This morning, visitors to the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Giant Panda Conservation Center saw Lun Lun carry what looked like an unusually adorable plush toy into the dayroom. But it wasn’t a plush – it was Po! The Animal Management Team gave Lun Lun access to the dayroom this morning, and she carried Po right out the door.

What does this mean for you? Guests MAY get a glimpse of the cub as Lun Lun checks out the exhibit. This is still an exploratory time for both Po and Lun Lun, as she makes sure she’s comfortable with taking the cub into the dayroom, and the pair may initially be out only for short periods. While we don’t expect Po to be on exhibit full-time for a few more weeks, you just may get a lucky sighting the next time you visit!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 22, 2011, 07:10:13 PM
Thanks Beth and hermit. Wow - Po in the hammock already!  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 23, 2011, 03:05:51 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, February 23
Po has been very busy over the last week! In addition to getting a name, he has worked out how to climb in and out of the nest box and yesterday Lun Lun took him out into the dayroom for the first time. I gave Lun Lun access to the dayroom around 8:30, where she spent about an hour eating, and by 9:45, she decided to carry Po out and sit with him in the hammock. Po nursed and then slept in the hammock while Lun Lun ate bamboo. Lun Lun left Po in the dayroom most of the day. She is such a confident mother now that she did not mind leaving Po in the dayroom while she ate in the dens later in the day. Lun Lun likes to keep us guessing, so I do not know if she will take Po out every day, but his first trip to the dayroom was very successful.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110222_po_lunlun_dayroom_ZA_2683.jpg)

 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 25, 2011, 02:23:22 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, February 25
Po accomplished another first yesterday. He was able to climb up and over one of the shift door threshholds between two of the off exhibit dens. Lun Lun left him in one den and headed off to eat in the dayroom. Po decided that he wanted to return to the next box, and so off he went. It took him about four tries and 10 minutes to climb the 6 inch high threshold. But he was really determined and was able to make it over!

His weight at yesterday’s vet check was 5.98 kg.
Kate Roca
Carnivore Keeper III


Smart boy!   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 25, 2011, 10:32:53 PM
Yes he is quite a boy! :heart0:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 02, 2011, 03:42:45 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, March 2
Po is walking better and better everyday. This morning I watched him climb over a threshold and it took him less than a minute. Just last week it took him at least five minutes to surmount the same obstacle. Soon he will be running and climbing. His play behavior is also increasing. He and Lun Lun had a bout of play wrestling and biting yesterday that lasted about five minutes. These bouts will become more frequent and longer in the coming months. I wonder if Lun Lun is anticipating having him climbing and biting all over her while she is trying to eat and sleep. Her peaceful days and nights are soon coming to an end.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 04, 2011, 03:24:29 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, March 4
Recently I had the chance to spend a little time watching Lun Lun and Po. Lun was lying on her side, while Po pawed at her face and she gently pawed back. I think this is my favorite age for giant panda cubs. At this age, Po is walking and learning to navigate his space, but is also just discovering that in his mother, he has a great play partner. As he develops, he’ll refine his skills so that he becomes much more effective at interfering with her plans for the day, but right now he just seems to be figuring out what it means to interact with his mom. It’s always fun to watch giant panda mothers play with their cubs at this age, because they can be very gentle when they wrestle with and bite their cubs. We know from past experience that giant panda cubs are pretty tough, though, so it’s only a matter of time before the real vigorous wrestling begins!
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110224_po_exam_ZA_2891.jpg)

 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Barbara on March 04, 2011, 04:58:12 PM
Thanks Hermit for bringing the reports over here to us.  That Po is the most adorable little guy, can't wait for all the tumbling and wrestling with Lun.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 05, 2011, 02:31:16 AM
You're welcome, Barbara.  It won't be long now.   :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 07, 2011, 02:16:12 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, March 7
I think the hammock has become Lun Lun’s new favorite item on exhibit. It makes a wonderful cub storage, containment and nursing area. When Po goes out in the dayroom in the morning he can really get moving since his walking skills have improved. So she picks him up and sticks him in the hammock where he sleeps the rest of the day. I am sure it won’t be long until he can get out of the hammock on his own. Then the peace and quiet will be over for her.
Kate Roca
Carnivore Keeper III


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on March 07, 2011, 09:11:18 PM
 :mhihi: :mhihi:  Can't keep a happy Panda down for long!!   :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 09, 2011, 02:36:55 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, March 9
Po has quickly adjusted to the dayroom exhibit. He is quite comfortable in there with or without his mother. Mei Lan and Xi Lan both preferred the den areas when they first started going out in the exhibits. Almost as soon as they were out in the dayroom, they would leave and go back to the familiar space of the dens. Po just prefers to be with Lun Lun and seems satisfied that if she put him somewhere, that must be an ok place to be, especially if she is there too. Lun Lun also seems much more at ease with Po in the dayroom than she was with either of her previous cubs. As we have mentioned here frequently, she is such a confident mother now and she knows the dayroom is safe and secure for Po. Po’s current weight is 6.7 kg.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on March 09, 2011, 07:46:22 PM
They surely do learn ... after a few cubs.   :nod2: :lollol: 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 11, 2011, 02:19:12 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, March 11
Paws! Paws! Paws! When Lun Lun is not around and Po wants to play he goes with what he has- his paws! It is very cute to see him lying on his back, wiggling all four feet around, and biting on one or two. This solitary play likely helps with muscle development and coordination and it’s just plain fun! It is a common behavior shown by panda cubs at this age.
Kate Roca
Carnivore Keeper III


This afternoon he is in the hammock room, and walking all around.   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on March 11, 2011, 11:46:33 PM
Facebook update ...

Quote
At long last, the city’s most talked-about 4-month-old is ready to meet his fans. Po, the giant panda cub born to Lun Lun on November 3, 2010, is now making regular morning appearances on exhibit with his mother in the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Giant Panda Conservation Center.

Guests can currently expect to see Po in the mornings, daily between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sightings of Po at other times are not yet a guarantee for visitors, as this  is still an exploratory period for mother and cub. The experienced Lun Lun has  displayed increased levels of confidence now that she is rearing her third offspring,  and the duration of the pair’s appearances in the dayroom is expected to increase  in coming days and weeks.



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 12, 2011, 02:24:44 AM
Thanks, Patti.   :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 14, 2011, 01:46:15 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, March 14
Po is intent on learning how to climb! He has been able to get on top of the logs that are in the dayroom for a few days now, and so he is moving onto larger obstacles. On Sunday, he was trying repeatedly to climb up the large support logs to the structure. This is similar to what Xi Lan started with when he was first learning to climb. I do not know why they seem to choose the hardest location first. The logs that they attempt to climb are about 12” in diameter, and are perpendicular to the ground; this is not an easy feat for the novice climber. However, I am sure that it will not be long before Po has improved coordination and increased strength in his leg muscles enough to get to the top.
Joseph T. Svoke
Carnivore Keeper III


 :love:

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110309_po_lunlun_dayroom_ZA_3526.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 16, 2011, 01:32:30 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, March 16
Unlike our previous cubs, Po prefers to play with natural “toys” like his mother’s bamboo. So far, he has shown no interest in the small toys that Mei Lan and Xi Lan played with when they were Po’s age. I am sure he will become more interested in these items and other toys that our pandas enjoy as he gets older. However, for now, he is happy to play with bamboo and his mother.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 18, 2011, 01:02:22 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, March 18
Giant pandas of all ages are masters at comfortably sleeping in a lot of uncomfortable looking locations. Lun Lun often sleeps on a climbing structure with her head hanging down off the edge. Yang Yang will snooze away pressed against the glass of the dayroom with hundreds of visitors loudly admiring him on the other side. Xi Lan can nap away the afternoon curled up on a drain cover in the rain. Po is proving to be like the rest of the family in his sleep habits. This morning he fell asleep on top of a log he was climbing. About 30 minutes into his nap, he slid off the log onto the ground and never woke up. That’s an amazing feat even for a panda!
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :lollol:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 21, 2011, 12:57:00 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, March 21
Po is status quo. So I will take this opportunity to update you about cub number two, Xi Lan. Xi Lan was being his usual playful self the other day. He was running around, climbing on toys and charging at his bamboo. He would take the bamboo, climb into the hammock with it, and toss it around. He has quite the personality. My favorite thing to see Xi Lan do is hang upside down and play with a toy hanging from his structure that has some biscuits inside. He is quite the entertainer.
Katie Gatlin
Carnivore Keeper I


 :love: 

I love watching Po, but I wish they would show Xi Lan more often.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on March 21, 2011, 10:20:20 PM
I agree hermit!   :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 23, 2011, 01:44:05 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, March 23
Po has started to show more interest in enrichment items that we provide. This week I hung a jolly ball (i.e., 10 inch rubber ball with a handle) on the hammock in the day room. For the first hour he ignored and avoided it. But after a short nap he decided to investigate it. I guess he decided it was an ok item to play with because he chewed on it and tumbled over it for about 20 minutes until Lun Lun appeared for a nursing session. Keep an eye out for other items that we provide to keep him and all of the pandas enriched.
Kate Roca
Carnivore Keeper III


 :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 25, 2011, 01:05:26 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, March 25
Along with the nice weather we’ve had, we’ve also had some good crowds at the Zoo. Despite the fact that Lun Lun and Po are behind glass in the dayroom, some amount of noise and commotion still reaches them. Po has been a champ with the big crowds outside the dayroom and seems to be oblivious to his popularity. Even camera flashes, which we normally ask guests to turn off when taking pictures, really haven’t fazed him. It’s been good practice for him, because Spring Break is coming up in early April and we hope that even more of his fans will come to visit him. From the looks of it, Po is ready. His current weight is 7.7 kg.
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110316_po_ZA_3695_web.jpg)

 :love:  :love:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: morning on March 25, 2011, 03:59:36 PM
Love it!!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 26, 2011, 02:02:08 AM
A video by lcnessie of Lun Lun and Po in (and out) of the hammock.   :happy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxQ6FmOemWA


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 28, 2011, 01:18:27 PM
Chinese giant panda remains as Earth Hour global ambassador  

Mei Lan appeared at Earth Hour 2011 launching ceremony in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province on Saturday.

One year ago, an a ceremony in Chengdu's giant panda research and breeding center, Mei Lan turned off the lights at her house with a gentle kiss on a button, extending the worldwide wish to tackle the global climate change.

"Mei Lan has the charisma as an ambassador, and she is well-known in the international community. She has set an example of practicing thrifty--she never wastes bamboo. What's more, Mei Lan has built her international reputation as she had stayed in the United States,"said Yuan Bo, a technician of the animal management department of the Chengdu giant panda research and breeding center.

Born at Zoo Atlanta, Georgia on September 6, 2006, Mei Lan has aroused worldwide attention since her birth. After returning to China on February 5 last year, she successfully adapted to the environment. She now weighs at 100 kg.

(http://www.peopleforum.cn/attachments/month_1103/20110327_0ae875e34fa48301bdc1YTLlPGawzynX.jpg)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     :love:   :love:   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 28, 2011, 07:07:03 PM
That's our Mei Lan! What a girl. :love: Thanks for letting us know what she's been up to, hermit. :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 29, 2011, 01:18:03 AM
You're welcome, BOP.

From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, March 28
For those of you who watch the panda cam, you will notice a small change in the birthing den which is on the cam most of the time. Po has now reached an age and has gained enough climbing ability that the nest box can no longer contain him, so it is no longer needed. We removed it Sunday morning, cleaned it, and stored it. So, it will be ready to use for the next cub.
 
Po nearly hit the 8 kg mark this morning, weighing in at 7.9 kg. This was, however, right before a nursing session. I have no doubt he could have broken that barrier had I weighed him a little later.
 
Here in Atlanta we had a wet, cloudy day, but that didn't seem to matter too much to Po, as he went about his normal routine of sleeping, playing in the bamboo, sleeping, chasing his mom, nursing, sleeping. He has been climbing in and out of the hammock on his own now, as his climbing abilities have gotten much better. It won't be long before he gets good enough to reach the flat logs on the back of the climbing structure. That was the favorite resting spot for both of his siblings, Mei Lan and Xi Lan.
Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 30, 2011, 01:33:12 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, March 30
A few months ago, the San Diego Zoo did some renovations in their giant panda exhibits and used a soil conditioner called Loamex. Afterwards, Bai Yun, Yun Zi and Gao Gao spent a lot of time playing in the soil and ended up covered in it many times. One of our wonderful docents and long-time panda fan, Stacy Watts, saw how much fun the San Diego pandas had playing in the Loamex and she decided she would like our pandas to have some as well. So, she raised the funds needed to purchase it from her fellow panda fans and soon we had our very own bags of soil just waiting for the pandas to enjoy. Well, they were not impressed. We tried it several times and they never showed any interest in the Loamex. A few weeks ago, our horticulture team even covered one habitat with it to help grass seed grow and still they ignored it. Until yesterday… again, our horticulture team covered the one of the habitats with the Loamex to help new grass seed grow. Later that afternoon, I shifted Yang Yang into that habitat while I refreshed his bamboo in the other habitat. Once I was ready to move him back to his fresh bamboo, I looked into the habitat where he was waiting and I saw a black bear had replaced Yang Yang! Unfortunately, I missed him rolling around in the dirt, I only saw the results. However, it looked like he had thoroughly enjoyed himself. A few hours later, Yang Yang had managed to remove most of the dirt from his coat and he looked like himself again. I don’t know what caused Yang Yang to suddenly decide he wanted to play in the Loamex, but I hope he continues to enjoy it.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


 :lollol:  I'd like to see a picture of Yang Yang covered in Loamex.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 30, 2011, 10:03:40 PM
:lollol:  I'd like to see a picture of Yang Yang covered in Loamex.   :bigsmile:
Same here!  :lol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 31, 2011, 01:16:42 PM
Video of Mei Lan.   :happy  She is so beautiful.   :love:

http://newscontent.cctv.com/20110326/105216.shtml


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on April 01, 2011, 10:52:35 AM
Nappy time in the hammock for Po! :)

(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_01042011_135005.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 01, 2011, 02:09:53 PM
Thanks for the pic, Patti.   :happy

From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, April 1
Po and Lun Lun continue to do well on exhibit. The keepers have been increasing the amount of time they are out each day. Now, visitors to the Zoo can expect to see Po and Lun Lun on exhibit from 9:30-1:30 each day. Some days they are on exhibit past 1:30, but visitors should plan to be at the giant panda exhibit before 1:30 if they want to be sure to see Po. At nearly five months of age, Po is right on track developmentally. He continues to work on his climbing skills, which seem to improve each day. He is still very young and, like most young animals, he spends quite a bit of sleeping. Luckily, he is adorable asleep or awake.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 04, 2011, 01:09:51 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 4
Po is quite the climber. He now is able to climb into and out of the hammock to put himself to sleep, which is understandable after a big climb like that. He loves to play on the log structure in the dayroom as well. One other place Po loves to play is on the scales in the off exhibit dens. These scales are large, raised platforms built into the floors of two of the dens. He will climb on them, around them, and walk behind them. He also often sleeps behind them. Maybe because he feels hidden and secure there.
Katie Gatlin
Keeper I, Mammals


Video of Po and Lun Lun playing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS-t3oeaBhE&feature=player_embedded


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on April 04, 2011, 06:51:27 PM
What a cute video.  :heart0: I want to play too!  :lollol: Thanks, hermit.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 06, 2011, 01:50:47 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, April 6
Hello! I thought maybe I should introduce myself - my name is Jen and I'm the newest member to the carnivore staff here at Zoo Atlanta! I have spent the last year or so interning and working as a seasonal keeper in other departments and am thrilled to finally call the panda building my home! Learning the routine here in pandas is a lot of hard work, but getting to work with pandas makes everything worth it! The pandas and I are spending a lot of time getting to know each other. It seems Po and I have a lot in common; we're both rookies and are learning all about our new home together! Speaking of Po, the little cub is getting stronger every day. His favorite place these days seems to be the hammock. 'When in doubt, find the hammock' seems to be his motto!
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 08, 2011, 01:15:29 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, April 8
If you’ve been watching Panda Cam, or seen Lun Lun and Po in person recently, you’ve probably noticed that they’re interacting with each other more and more. Sometimes these interactions are obviously play, and other times what they’re doing is a little less clear. For example, today I collected data on Lun and Po and Po was struggling to climb into the hammock. Just when he had almost made it in, Lun came along and pushed him off and he landed with a thump on the ground. What’s up with that? I don’t have a good answer to that question, but I can tell you that it’s pretty typical behavior for Lun with her cubs. I can also tell you that we keep a close eye on them and these interactions never cause any injuries to Po. Giant panda cubs are pretty tough and do a lot of tumbling and falling on their own, even when their moms aren’t pushing them off the climbing structure!

Lun and Po played for quite some time while I collected data and it was fun to watch. We have microphones in the indoor dayrooms, which allowed me to hear what was going on during the play bout, in addition to seeing it. Aside from a few small grunts, Po didn’t make any vocalizations to let his mom know that she was being too rough. In fact, he went back for more whenever she walked away. Even though it looks rough to us, Lun isn’t trying to hurt her cub. In fact, she actually tones it down a bit, but it’s hard to play like a little cub when you weigh well over 200 pounds!

And no need to worry, because Po eventually made it back into the hammock for a nap when Lun settled down to eat.
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals


 






Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 11, 2011, 03:21:07 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 11
If you look in the dayroom in person or on PandaCam, you may notice an addition to the furniture of the room. As I was feeding Lun Lun some of her biscuits today, I noticed that Po has taken an interest in the automatic drinkers on the back wall. I watched him try to investigate it, but it was just a little too high for him. He could just get the tip of his paw over the top of the drinker. Noting this, I was able to install our "baby step" that will enable him to get up to the drinker. The step is made of coir or coconut husks and its primary use is for erosion control. We have found many other panda uses for these, however, as you will be able to see in the outside yards when we begin to baby-proof in preparation for Po and Lun going outside. When we placed this step by the drinker for Xi Lan years back, we were hoping he would be able to get up there and get a drink. He did that, but he also liked to use the drinker as a pseudo swimming pool. He was in that thing constantly it seemed. We don't know what Po is going to do with the drinker himself, but it will definitely be interesting to find out.
Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


 :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 13, 2011, 12:59:02 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, April 13
We mentioned awhile back how we have removed the dividers in the birthing den that make up Lun Lun’s nest box. After the nest box was removed we still housed only Lun Lun and Po in these overnight areas to make sure she still felt comfortable and had a space of her own for her and Po. Well, as of this weekend, we have started to rotate the pandas through the night dens, which means that one of the males is sometimes housed in Lun Lun’s birthing den area while she and Po try out other night spaces in the building. Neither Lun Lun or Po has shown any dislike about the new arrangements. In fact, Po seems to enjoy exploring new and different areas, while Yang Yang and Xi Lan enjoy being in dens they have not seen in 6 months.
Kate Roca
Carnivore Keeper III


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/ZooATL_double_Po_pandacam.jpg)

Double Po,
as seen on PandaCam today!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 15, 2011, 01:01:46 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, April 15
Guess who has a sweet tooth? Yes, our little Po has inherited his parents’ love of bananas! For the past two mornings, we have used a small slice of banana to keep Po occupied on the scale in the morning so we can weigh him and he loves it! Just like his older siblings, he initially ate it by sucking on it (right out of the peel), but he quickly started chewing it up. We got the idea to try feeding him banana because we have recently spotted Po sampling Lun Lun’s biscuits and fruit in the dayroom. Of course, Po’s main diet will continue to be his mother’s milk for several more months, but he is curious about the foods that his mother eats and wants to taste them. He has been chewing on and playing with bamboo for several weeks, but it was only over the weekend that Po showed an interest in the biscuits and produce that Lun Lun receives every day. Pandas love to eat and little Po is no different!
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


 :love:   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on April 17, 2011, 07:30:36 AM
There has been love in the air at the San Diego Zoo  :love: :mhihi:

Quote
Panda love is in the air. The “howdy gate,” otherwise known as the “how you doin’?” gate, was opened today, and Gao Gao and Bai Yun met up for a successful rendezvous. Will there be the patter of cub feet this Summer? We’ll see! You can visit Yun Zi this weekend, but Gao and Bai will be off exhibit until Monday. They need their privacy.
from SDZ Facebook page

(http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/PandaBreeding_001_Web-150x150.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 17, 2011, 01:38:29 PM
Thanks, BOP.   :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 17, 2011, 01:55:06 PM
This is so cute.   It's red pandas playing in the snow.  :love:   :love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6GaPkkGZGw


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 18, 2011, 12:51:03 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 18
Po and Lun Lun love to play. When Po climbs to the top of the structure in the dayroom, Lun will come and pull him to the ground. It may look like she is being rough with him, but she in fact she really isn't. Today Po decided to sleep in a different place than in his usual hammock spot. He slept lying across the top of the climbing structure. He is so adorable!
Katie Gatlin
Mammals Keeper I


Just like Mei Lan and Xi Lan.   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on April 18, 2011, 04:07:57 PM
The red pandas are so cute, hermit! They look a bit like raccoons, but sweeter.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on April 19, 2011, 10:08:45 PM
San Diego Zoo reports 3 successful matings.  :heart0:

Link to DoxieMom's video of Bai Yun and Gao Gao's "courtship" at the Howdy Gate.  :love: :wink2: Gao is one patient guy as Miss Bai initially plays hard-to-get!  :lollol: I believe the gate was opened for them shortly thereafter.  :mhihi:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRRe0hfc0UM

Gao is the one closest to the camera at the Howdy Gate.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 20, 2011, 12:59:36 AM
Thank you, BOP.   :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 20, 2011, 01:08:44 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, April 20
You may have noticed that Po’s white fur has a reddish brown overcast. This is especially noticeable on the back of his neck. This coloration is presumed to be caused by iron containing pigments called porphyrins in the mother’s saliva. This coloration only occurs in mother raised giant panda cubs and it is most prevalent for the first several months of the cub’s life when the mother grooms and carries the cub frequently. The coloration eventually fades and the fur becomes whiter. Researchers at San Diego Zoo first put forth this hypothesis about porphyrins. Giant panda saliva has not been tested for the presence of porphyrins, but they are common pigments in saliva and tears and this seems to be a highly plausible explanation for Po temporarily being a bit of a red head. 
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110419_po_ZA_5338.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 22, 2011, 01:15:13 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, April 22
In a previous update, Heather mentioned that Po had started showing interest in bamboo and produce. Po continues to spend quite a bit of time manipulating bamboo and chewing on biscuits. Recently, though, he made quite a bit of progress in the food department. In one day, Po was observed chewing on chards that Lun Lun had discarded on the dayroom floor, consuming a portion of a biscuit and also consuming some apple. A biscuit starts off pretty hard, but after Po is finished chewing on it, it’s probably a bit softer and easier to eat. A piece of apple, however, is a slightly different story. It’s much firmer than a banana, which he’s already showed us he can eat. It’s interesting to watch giant panda cubs investigate and try new foods, especially as they learn to eat things that require a bit more work. Po currently weighs 9.5 kg, so he’s got a lot of bamboo, biscuits and produce to eat to get to his adult weight!
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals


 :happy   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 26, 2011, 12:58:19 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 25
New developments with Po! He is becoming more and more independent from mom every day. While on one hand this is a good thing (and expected), Lun Lun is starting to get a bit frustrated with Po's increasing lack of cooperation. For example: when it is time to bring Lun Lun and Po off exhibit, she usually calls for Po and he comes - or rather used to. Now she seems to spend more time trying to get his attention and chasing him down than she ever did. She'll pick him up and plop him next to the shift door and before she knows it, he's run off. I have to admit it's a bit amusing to watch until 5 minutes have gone by and he still won't listen to mom. Hopefully this phase won't last long for both Lun Lun's sake and ours.
Jen Webb
Keeper I Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 27, 2011, 12:43:22 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, April 27
On April 20th, Kate and I managed to get some measurements on Po. He was very wiggly and we were working quickly, so even though we did our best, we are considering these measurements approximations. Here they are: Tip of nose to base of tail: 85.5 cm.; Tail length: 8 cm.; Neck girth: 38.5 cm.; Chest girth: 49 cm.; Abdominal girth: 53 cm.; Weight: 9.5 kg.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on April 29, 2011, 08:32:32 PM
Thank you for all the updates Hermit!!   :nod2: :bigsmile:  I took a few pics a few days ago but never got time to post them!

(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_21042011_101805.jpg)
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_21042011_101828.jpg)
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_21042011_102513.jpg)
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_21042011_102521.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 30, 2011, 01:00:45 AM
Patti, thank you for the pictures.  Po loves the hammock.  He is so cute playing with the piece of bamboo, and hanging over the edge.   :love: :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 30, 2011, 01:01:39 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, April 29
Now that Po is climbing well and can negotiate the indoor enclosures well, we are starting to prepare to give him and Lun Lun access to the outdoor enclosures. We always start with smaller of the outdoor habitats, and make a few changes to ensure that it is baby proof. Those changes include draining the pool or lowering the water level to about two inches, making sure the tree is appropriately protected so that he can’t climb out of the exhibit, and providing something to help him climb out of the moat. We have an erosion control sock that works great for this. After those modifications are in place, Po will spend some time in the exhibit closely supervised by the keepers to make sure he can negotiate the space well. After he has demonstrated that ability, he and Lun Lun will start having regular access to the outdoor exhibit when temperatures are cool enough.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 03, 2011, 12:53:07 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, May 2
It has been said before that Po's climbing skills are improving, and he keeps getting better every day.  He has even changed his favorite place to be from the hammock to the top of the structure. Many of you will recall that this was also the favorite spot for both Mei Lan and Xi Lan. Po is also getting stronger, which is illustrated in the fact that Lun Lun has a much more difficult time getting him off the structure to nurse or to play. In between raucous play bouts with mom, Po can be seen snoozing the day away, usually intertwined in the upright logs which make up the back of the structure. In other news, Po has finally crossed the 10.0 kg mark. People often ask whether Po is larger or smaller than his two siblings when they were his age. I have looked back through the records and done the math. Mei Lan reached the 10.0 kg benchmark at 168 days. Xi Lan reached it at 171 days.  Po took his time reaching it, but still got there in 174 days. All and all, I would say that they were all about the same size.
Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 05, 2011, 06:17:25 AM
Thanks for the updates, hermit, and the cute screencaps, PattiO. :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 05, 2011, 08:30:50 AM
You're welcome, BOP.   :bigsmile:

From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, May 4
Training is a very valuable tool that we use with the pandas to accomplish many tasks. One behavior that we have trained with Lun Lun is to have her get her cub and bring him/her with her when shifting to a different part of the building. It is quite neat to watch her understand the command and execute the behavior. We first open a shift door and ask both Lun Lun and Po to shift. This will help Po learn what the shifting command means as he grows. Normally Lun Lun comes right in, whereas Po continues to sleep, usually on the climbing structure. Next, we give Lun Lun the command to bring the cub in with her and she goes into action. First, she vocalizes many times and walks under his resting spot to get him to follow her. If he does not follow, she will climb up and get him. Once he is on the ground, he will fall in line and shift with her. Hopefully, Po will catch on quickly and learn to shift without Lun Lun’s assistance.
Kate Roca
Carnivore Keeper III


I've seen this happening in the afternoon.  Lun Lun can be a little rough at times, but she was that way with Mei Lan and Xi Lan, too. 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 05, 2011, 06:54:12 PM
Lun Lun is very smart.  :wink2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 06, 2011, 12:49:23 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, May 6
We have had great panda weather the past few days - Yang Yang and Xi Lan have been thoroughly enjoying the cool temps. I can't wait until we're able to let Po out on his first supervised outside excursion in the habitat with mom Lun Lun! So many new things to smell and check out and places to hide - he won't know where to start! I also am looking forward to exiting out of this "we aren't happy with the bamboo" phase the bears are going through. It can be frustrating when they love the bamboo species we offer one day and then later that day or the next morning they want nothing to do with it. One species, Yellow Groove, is our go-to species that they usually eat without complaint. But then a couple of days ago they stopped preferring it and moved on to the other species we're currently offering, Henon. Now they're over Henon and back on Yellow Groove...for the moment. As the newest panda keeper, I have learned quickly that bamboo preference can change with the wind and we're constantly on our toes making sure our pandas stay happy and full. It's a never-ending juggle, but that's one thing that makes this job so interesting and different every day!
Jen Webb
Carnivore Keeper I


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 08, 2011, 08:04:55 AM
Link to very cute  :love: photos of the Lun/Yang family taken by LCNessie at Zoo Atlanta this week:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/58411374@N00/sets/72157626670548516/

There are some really sweet ones of Lun and Po nursing. :love:

(Thanks to Skipper for the link)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 08, 2011, 01:25:05 PM
What great photos of them all!   :love:  :love:

Thank you BOP, and thanks to Skipper, and especially to Nessie.   :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 09, 2011, 12:58:31 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, May 9
Over the last two weeks the all of the pandas have been enjoying an all time favorite food. This is the time of year when most bamboo species sprout new growth, which means the pandas are treated with soft, watery shoots. In the wild, pandas would eat up to 50 lbs. of bamboo shoots in a day. Here at Zoo Atlanta, we do not provide them in such large amounts, but the bears LOVE and enjoy what they do get. Even little Po is trying them out. Though not yet ingesting them, he has been seen mouthing and chewing on shoots from time to time. The time he spends playing with the shoots is just another way for him to learn about bamboo, which will soon be his main source of nutrition.
Kate Roca
Carnivore Keeper III



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 13, 2011, 02:31:43 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, May 11
First day exploring the outdoor exhibit


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110511_po_outside_ZA_6291.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 13, 2011, 02:35:31 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, May 13
On Wednesday Po went into the outside exhibit for the first time. He was curious, but slightly uncomfortable, as we expected. He explored the grass for a short time, but was more interested in the climbing structure. He walked all over the bottom level, but did not venture to the top. Once Lun Lun joined him outside, he stayed close to her. We have given Lun Lun and Po access to the outdoor exhibit every day since and slowly he is becoming more comfortable out there; however, he still sticks close to mom. It will not be long before Po becomes accustomed to his new environment. Perhaps once he discovers the cave or the grate at the bottom of the moat or the top of the climbing structure, he will have a new favorite place to sleep!
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110511_po_dayroom_ZA_6361.jpg)

 :love:  :love:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 13, 2011, 06:38:47 PM
aaww. :love: Cute photos.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 16, 2011, 01:01:46 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, May 16
It's that time of the year again (or so I've been told, haha)! It’s arrow bamboo (Pseudosasa japonica) season! When I first came here, the other panda keepers warned me about arrow. The pandas love it; human skin hates it. Needless to say I was a little apprehensive when I heard we were going to start offering it.  But it's been a few days and I have to say, arrow bamboo isn't that bad. The pandas LOVE it - and the keepers are happy when the pandas are happy. And the issue with the skin? The sheath that protects the bamboo as it is growing out of the ground tends to irritate human skin by shedding nearly microscopic splinters when handled. But it hasn't been too bad, yet. So as of right now, arrow is my favorite mainly because I find it's easier to handle and the bears are going to town eating it.

Even little Po likes it!  He's been seen attempting to climb the bundle of arrow that we place out for Lun Lun. It looks stable enough to climb, because it's really long, thin bamboo with next to no leaves. One time he got halfway up a bundle we had propped against the climbing structure in Dayroom 1 before he fell off. He even wrestled a piece away from a bundle and tried to break it in half like he's seen Lun Lun do. Of course he hasn't succeeded yet, but he's got the right idea!
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 16, 2011, 02:01:58 PM
Po was happily playing with a toy on the hammock structure
(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/ZA1.jpg)

then Lun decided it was time to knock him down and go inside  :mhihi:
(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/ZA2.jpg)-(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/ZA3.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 17, 2011, 12:57:57 AM
Thanks for the caps, BOP.   :bigsmile:  When it's time to go, Lun Lun means business!   :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 18, 2011, 12:59:38 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, May 18
Not much new is going on with Po. His weight is up to 11.3 kg (25 lbs). He climbs well (even when Lun Lun is repetitively pulling him down), and he is starting to interact with different enrichment items. Since he and Lun Lun seem to be so comfortable while on exhibit, we have been letting them stay out on exhibit till at least 3:30 in the afternoon. Sometimes we are able to keep them happy, fed, and comfortable for longer, but if you want to guarantee that you see Po when you visit, make sure you stop by before 3:30. If you can’t visit, check him out on PandaCam, Monday-Friday 10:00 am- 5:00 pm.
Kate Roca
Carnivore Keeper III



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 23, 2011, 01:05:08 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, May 23
Today for enrichment, we decided to give all the pandas paper bags with scents on the outside and treats inside. Lun Lun at first ignored the bag and went straight for her bamboo. After a couple of minutes, she found it, ignored the scent that was on the bag, and went straight to tearing the bag open to get her treats. Xi Lan reacted the same way with his bag. When it came time for Yang Yang to get his bag, we placed it on the top of the structure in Dayroom 2 and on his bag we put his favorite scent, Tabasco. We waited and waited to see how he would react to his bag, but Yang Yang decided he wanted to eat his bamboo first. Once we had our backs turned Yang found his bag and ripped it open. We were so bummed that we did not get to see his reaction to the scent on the bag!
Katie Gatlin
Keeper I, Mammals


:happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 25, 2011, 01:35:57 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, May 25
I don't get to make it down to giant pandas very often, but every time I do, I am always amazed with the progress that Po has made. For starters, he has surpassed the 12.0 kg mark. The last time I was down here, he would slowly follow Lun Lun around in the morning in the dens or on exhibit. Today there was no slow following, but instead there was fast chasing. Lun Lun wasn't able to get away from him fast enough.  When he caught up, he of course wanted to wrestle. She obliged him for a short time, but was more interested in getting her breakfast. I placed Lun Lun's bowl of biscuits on the scale in the morning in order to weigh them. Lun Lun slowly got on the scale and began enjoying her biscuits, but Po had other ideas.  He quickly raced over to the scale, climbed up, and proceeded to sit in Lun Lun's food bowl, claws up.  Lun Lun would not have any of this and quickly removed him from the bowl so she could resume eating.  Po, not wanting to be put in his place, repeated the previous steps. Lun Lun once again removed him. This repeated four times, until Lun Lun was finally finished with her biscuits and walked away. By this time, I had the exhibit ready for them, and so I shifted Lun Lun out into the dayroom. In the past, I would sometimes have to wait nearly 10 minutes for Po to shift out behind her. Today, he looked like grease lightning, and was right on her heels. Of course, shortly after burning all this energy, like all babies, Po needed a recharge. He was fast asleep in his favorite spot in the tree within 30 minutes. Also different, he was up and ready to go again an hour later when the exhibit opened to visitors for the day.
Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


 :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 26, 2011, 07:56:18 PM
What a going concern!  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 28, 2011, 12:59:03 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, May 27
Kate and I have had many questions from visitors about the maternal training we have done with Lun Lun since Kate wrote an update about it a few weeks ago. I will try to address some of those questions in my update today. We started working with Lun Lun to bring in her cubs once Mei Lan was mobile and going out on exhibit with her. It was a difficult behavior to train because we had to “capture” the behavior, meaning, we had to wait for Lun Lun to do something close to what we wanted and reward her for that. Once that occurred, we could then “shape” the behavior, which means, we would reward progressive steps towards the desired behavior until she was doing exactly what we wanted her to do. It took a long time, but eventually, she started taking Mei Lan with her when she shifted inside. Once Xi Lan was out and about with Lun Lun, we reintroduced the behavior. Lun Lun remembered it and perfected her technique by calling Xi Lan first and if he did not respond, she would go and get him. While Xi Lan was small, Lun Lun became very reliable with this behavior. With Po, the behavior has progressed even further. Lun Lun now anticipates that we will want her to bring Po inside with her, so she often does not want him to climb up on the structure to sleep when it is getting close to time for us to feed her. So, they will play the game on the structure where she pulls him down and he climbs back up repeatedly. Poor Po! Lun Lun is too smart for her own good sometimes! However, as Kate said, this behavior is very helpful for us until Po is shifting reliably on his own.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 31, 2011, 03:36:11 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, May 30
A few days ago one of the other keepers, Katie, made some frozen popsicle treats for the pandas. She froze a piece of sugarcane (the *ultimate* treat as far as a panda is concerned) in water. Once the water froze, we placed the frozen treats out for all the bears. Xi Lan initially ignored his but eventually came back to it and worked his amazing jaw muscles on the ice to break it apart to get to the piece of sugarcane. It was fun to watch him manipulate the ice, licking it, chewing on it, trying everything to get that piece of sugarcane out! Yang Yang - in typical Yang Yang fashion - merely kicked his frozen treat into a patch of sun in Dayroom 2 and waited until the ice had melted. Lun Lun also ignored her treat in the beginning, but it wasn't long before Po found it! He didn't know what to make of this new thing and I think it might have been his first interaction with ice! We had it perched on the structure in Dayroom 1 and watched as he sniffed it and eventually pawed it onto the floor. Everything Po finds that he wants to explore and chew on he attempts to bring with him to the top of the structure to his favorite spot and this was no exception. He tried and tried to wrestle the slippery treat back up the structure but eventually gave up. Later on when we were cleaning the dayroom we found no evidence of the popsicle treat so we assume Lun Lun found it and devoured it!
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 31, 2011, 08:00:37 PM
Yang Yang - in typical Yang Yang fashion - merely kicked his frozen treat into a patch of sun in Dayroom 2 and waited until the ice had melted.
That Yang is a smart bear! He knows how to conserve his energy.  :lol: ;D


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 01, 2011, 04:14:32 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, June 1
Watch out Lun Lun, there is a biscuit thief in town. Po has discovered Lun Lun’s leafeater biscuits and loves to steal some of Lun Lun’s serving. We have noticed that if we toss a few in the hammock while he is sleeping in the tree, he will wake up and climb down to find and eat them. He has gotten very good at consuming them; he sits back like an adult bear and holds the biscuit in his pseudo-thumb and slow snacks on it till it is gone. Then he is off to find the next biscuit.
Kate Roca
Carnivore Keeper III


 :lollol:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 03, 2011, 01:39:26 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, June 3
Overnight, we rotate where all of the pandas get to sleep so life isn't monotonous. Lun Lun and Po usually sleep in the dens (while Xi Lan and Yang Yang get to rotate sleeping in Dayroom 2 and the dens) but since little Po is starting to really get big (and a bit mischievous), we've decided to let Lun Lun and Po have access to Dayroom 1 overnight. Po loves this! By the afternoon, nine times of out 10, Po is passed out on the structure in Dayroom 1 and usually his mom has to drag him off it. But now on some nights he gets to sleep as much as he wants up there! We usually end up leaving and returning the next morning with Po still up in the structure snoozing the time away.
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 08, 2011, 12:48:53 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, June 8
The hammock in Dayroom 1 is a favorite spot for the pandas. Lun Lun, in particular, often enjoys nursing Po while sitting in the hammock. Because the hammock is so popular, we need to remove it occasionally for cleaning. This week the keepers removed the hammock so they can get it cleaned up. The hammock is cleaned the same way we clean other things in the building, by rinsing it, scrubbing it and rinsing it again. The tricky part about the hammock is that it doesn’t dry as easily as some of the other items, so we typically put it outside in the sun to speed up the process. I imagine it will dry pretty quickly, given the current temperatures, and then we’ll get it right back into the dayroom.
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals


It's back already.   :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 10, 2011, 12:49:05 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, June 10
We have had extremely hot weather here in Atlanta for the past two weeks, so the pandas have not been able to go outside. The pandas do not like to go outside when it is above 75 degrees, and recently it has been above that when the keepers arrive at 7:00 a.m. However, this last week, the mornings have been slightly cooler, so we have been working on getting Lun Lun and Po out in the habitat to help Po get more accustomed to being outside. So far, Po has not been very comfortable in the outdoor habitats, and the first day we tried them outside this week, he wouldn’t even go out with Lun Lun. But by Thursday, he started venturing slightly away from his mother. I saw him playing on and underneath the climbing structure and he checked out the cave. Every year the summer heat prevents us from using the habitats, but hopefully, by the time the temperatures are cooler, Po will have grown more confident and not mind having new adventures.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 13, 2011, 01:14:34 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, June 13
Po is turning into one feisty little cub! I wasn't working in the department when Xi Lan and Mei Lan were growing up, but from I hear, they weren't quite as feisty as little Po is getting. Not that he's so little anymore - he's pushing 13.5 kg! I remember when I first started here and he was less than half his current weight. Seeing him every day, it's hard to notice any big changes but it dawned on me a couple of days ago just how big he's gotten! And much more bolder and confident with the keepers as well.  Usually, if he's on the structure in dayroom 1 - snoozing or awake - we'll go in and clean up the area after shifting Lun Lun out. He usually does a good job of staying up there but he definitely follows our every movement now and it almost looks like he's contemplating coming down to see if we want to play. This is why we make a point of giving him a piece of bamboo to play with to keep him occupied while we're in there cleaning. Which is probably a good thing because when Po's in the mood, he can move really fast for a 7 month old cub!
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on June 13, 2011, 09:49:05 PM
Thanks for the updates, hermit.

There is a nice blog on the San Diego Zoo's site about the elderly panda Dong Dong,who recently passed away. She was Bai Yun's mother, and there is an interesting story how Bai Yun seemed to recognize her scent many years later.  :love:
http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2011/06/13/farewell-to-panda-dong-dong/


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 14, 2011, 01:20:18 AM
Thank you for that link, BOP.   :happy   It's amazing and touching that Bai Yun would recognize her mother's scent so many years later!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on June 15, 2011, 06:54:18 AM
Thanks, hermit. :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 15, 2011, 01:09:21 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, June 15
Yesterday Po slept in the outdoor exhibit for the first time. Until now, his forays outside have been tended to be brief. He has seemed to enjoy exploring the outdoors, but would return to the dayroom when it was naptime. Sleeping outside yesterday is a good sign that he is feeling comfortable outside. His time out there will have to be limited over the summer, though. Atlanta has been experiencing unusually high temperatures so far, which means the pandas have to be brought inside by mid-morning. Because of this, we will likely wait until fall to give Po and Lun Lun access to the larger outdoor habitat, unless we get a break in the hot weather before then.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110609_lunlun_po_ZA_7855.jpg)

Adorable picture!   :love:   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on June 15, 2011, 09:29:52 PM
Adorable picture!   :love:   :love:

Agreed!  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Doralyn on June 16, 2011, 07:08:44 PM
Adorable picture!   :love:   :love:

Agreed!  :love:
I agree, and precious too :nod2:  Thanks, hermit. :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 20, 2011, 01:33:41 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, June 20
For the past couple of days, we've been switching the pandas around in terms of where they get to spend the day. Usually Lun Lun and Po are in Dayroom 1 with occasional access to Habitat 1 when the temperature isn't blistering hot.  This leaves the off exhibit dens and Dayroom 2 as the other alternatives for Yang Yang and Xi Lan when it gets too warm for them to be outside.  Lun Lun was, for the longest time, uncomfortable with being in Dayroom 2 - maybe because it always smelled strongly of Xi Lan and Yang Yang.  Just recently, however, Lun Lun has gotten over her issues with Dayroom 2 and we've been able to put her and Po in there (and Po LOVES the teepee climbing structure!). Then we can rotate the boys in Dayroom 1.  I think Yang Yang and Xi Lan are very happy to have a change of scenery and it gives the keepers more options in terms of shifting the bears throughout the day!
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 25, 2011, 01:29:50 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, June 24
Sometimes Lun Lun seems to be a totally different mother to Po than she was to her other two cubs. Not in a bad way, just different. For example, Lun Lun has never shared food well with her cubs. However, yesterday, I saw Po take the piece of bamboo that Lun Lun was eating away from her to play with it. She just moved on to another piece. I just stared at the monitor, thinking to myself, “Who is this panda!?” Lun Lun would have never tolerated that behavior from Mei Lan or Xi Lan! I have seen her push both of them away from her bamboo while she was eating and pull pieces of bamboo away from them that she wanted. Also, if Mei Lan or Xi Lan wanted a biscuit or piece of fruit, they would have to sneak it away from Lun Lun, and even then, she would still often take it away from them. Conversely, with Po, I have seen her sniff him when he was eating a biscuit or banana and then just move on, looking for her own food.  I wonder what has motivated Lun Lun to change her behavior in such a way. Whatever her reasons, I have enjoyed watching her with all three cubs, and clearly, she can still surprise me!
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 29, 2011, 01:45:38 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, June 29
Over the last few days we have had some very active and playful pandas. Heather placed the half barrel in the dayroom with Lun Lun and Po for the first time, and Po loved it.  He has returned to it many times, climbing in and out, over and over.  Lun Lun has even played with Po while he has been in the half barrel. Yang Yang must have decided not to be left out of the fun. He decided that he would once again be the running, frolicking bear of his younger years.  He was doing one of my favorite panda moves, biting his paw and shaking his head, as if his paw was the best toy ever. We hung a jolly ball on the climbing structure and he was just running around and attacking it. It was a joy to see Yang Yang enjoy some play time.
Kate Roca
Mammal Swing Keeper III


 :happy   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 01, 2011, 03:04:08 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, July 1
Last week our bamboo cutting team found a wonderful stand of arrow bamboo (Pseudosasa japonica). Arrow is our pandas’ favorite species of bamboo. This year they have been eating it since April, but last week’s harvest has been one of the best we have had. The pandas are destroying it. However, even though the pandas are eating this bamboo so well, we have not had to offer them as much as we normally do. The bamboo has been so satisfying that the pandas have not had to eat as much or as often, and thus have had more leisure time. As Kate mentioned, all of the pandas have been very playful this week and they have been taking longer naps between meals. It has been a very happy week here in the panda building. Alas, the bamboo stand only had enough for two days of cutting (~ 400 kg) So, it will not last forever, but we are all enjoying it for now.

We keepers offer many thanks to the team of guys that cut bamboo for the animals. It is a difficult and thankless task because the pandas can be so picky about their bamboo. Our guys do a great job and even if the pandas do not appreciate it, we certainly do!
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 01, 2011, 04:09:21 PM
"Arrow bamboo" must be the panda equivalent of chocolate!  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 05, 2011, 08:41:11 AM
from Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 4
Happy Birthday, Po!  Our youngest bear turned 7 months old on Sunday!
 
As Heather told all of you the other day about the site where our team of bamboo cutters struck proverbial gold with some bamboo that the pandas devoured, we had a few days of awesomeness here at the panda building.  Alas that particular crop of bamboo did run out and over the weekend we've had arrow bamboo (Pseudosasa japonica) cut from 3 different sites to offer to the pandas in hopes that they would find something they loved.  Unfortunately they haven't found anything they love as much as the other stuff.  It's always hit or miss when our team of guys goes out to harvest bamboo.  We let them know what we can to guide the cutting, such as whether the pandas are preferring darker bamboo, or bamboo with no sheath (the protective outer covering that falls off as bamboo grows), younger leafy bamboo, etc.  But the pandas' preferences can change in the blink of an eye so it can be frustrating to find the right bamboo at times. 
 
But when all else fails we have ways of helping the pandas eat their food. For example, we do biscuit feedings where we give the 'bamboo' command (looks like we're showing the panda the back of our left hand).  The pandas know that when we give them this cue, they need to take a bite of bamboo in order to get a reward, which is a leaf-eater biscuit that they really enjoy.  It works well because it ensures that they are eating a proper amount of the diet they would eat in the wild.
 
Po of course is exempt from all of this right now. He still lives on his mother's milk and the occasional banana or biscuit that he's able to steal from his mom (although every day he shows more and more interest in bamboo so it's only a matter of time!).
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 06, 2011, 12:54:32 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, July 6
Last week I saw Po do one of the most entertaining things I have ever seen a giant panda do. While he was playing with his half barrel, he flipped it over on top of himself. Then he walked around the dayroom with the barrel covering him. Lun Lun noticed the barrel walk past and watched it with a look of surprise. She went over to investigate and soon discovered that Po was under the barrel. She began pawing the barrel, I think to try to pull it off of him. Maybe realizing the fun was about to end, Po pushed the barrel off himself and emerged. Po leads a pretty sheltered life, but like any normal youngster he still finds ways to alarm his mother!
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :lollol:  I wish I had seen this.   :love:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 06, 2011, 01:08:27 PM
I couldn't find a video of Po playing with the half barrel, but here is our adorable Xi Lan having fun with it.   :bigsmile:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPb5URntDZ8&NR=1


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 06, 2011, 08:34:32 PM
Here 's a video of Po hiding under the barrel (and rescue by Lun), by DoxieMom

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandalover19/5884645845/in/photostream/
 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 07, 2011, 12:57:41 AM
BOP, thank you for that.  Lun Lun is so funny...she's the one who trapped him, then when she got him out, dragged him off as though he had been a naughty boy!   :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 08, 2011, 01:12:21 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, July 8
It dawned on me a couple of days ago just how huge Po has gotten since I first started here back in March.  Back then he was around 5 kg. Now he's tripled that at 15 kg. He is no longer the little cute cub struggling to climb up onto the shift-door ledge to follow his mom, taking on the arduous task of climbing up into the hammock only to collapse into a long nap because that task took all of his energy. Now's he's the playful, rambunctious, galloping, biscuit-stealing, irresistibly curious 7- month-old cub who's very entertaining to watch. I can't wait to see what's next as we watch Po grow up!
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 08, 2011, 10:18:59 PM
Here's another video by DoxieMom - this one of Po walking around under the half-barrel !  :lollol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxee3fpvrTQ&feature=share


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 09, 2011, 01:27:32 AM
BOP, I'm so glad you found that.   :lollol:  Thank you.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 12, 2011, 12:38:45 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 11
As we tell you what Po weighs, you may be wondering how does one weigh an 8-month-old cub?  Well, you train him.  We have built-in scales in two of the off-exhibit dens that we use to weigh Lun Lun, Yang Yang, and Xi Lan two times a day. Since Po does not gain much weight in a day, he is weighed once a day. For the adult pandas, we place a few biscuits on the scale and then shift them and ask them to climb up on the scale. For Po we are following the same technique, but since he is new to the process, we sometimes let Lun Lun in with him so that he will follow her up. This will help him learn the connection between being asked to go on the scale and finding a reward. Once the connection is made and he is more eager for biscuit rewards, he will  run right up on the scale just like the rest of the pandas.
Kate Roca
Mammal Swing Keeper III


 :happy 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 12, 2011, 01:17:10 PM
I just learned that the San Diego Zoo's Su Lin gave birth a few days ago in China.   :clap1:  :happy

VIDEO:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2ycH4n_dFg&feature=player_embedded


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 12, 2011, 06:27:29 PM
Thank you , hermit. That was a very close-up view of the newborn cub. :eek:
What a beautiful home Su Lin has.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 15, 2011, 03:27:59 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, July 15
Some of the recent updates have been about training Po. We have received requests for more details about that, which I will share in this update. Like all of our animals at Zoo Atlanta, Po is trained using positive reinforcement. That means that if he performs the behavior he is asked to perform, he receives a reward or reinforcement. The most common type of reward used with our animals is food. But a reward can be anything that the animal likes (e.g., a favorite toy, attention from keepers, an opportunity to be with or see a favorite social partner). For the giant pandas, the most powerful reward is preferred food, like sugar cane, fruit, or leafeater biscuits. Because Po is just starting to eat small amounts of solid food, we don’t have a very powerful reward to offer him, yet. But as he gets older, nurses less, and eats more solid food, he will be more motivated to participate in training. Then the keepers will start to work on more behaviors with him.
An important tool in positive reinforcement training is establishing a bridge. We use a whistle as a bridge. We pair the whistle sound with the reinforcement (e.g., food) repeatedly and pretty quickly the animal learns that the whistle or bridge means that he or she has done the right thing and that the reward will be coming. The bridge is important because we want the animals to know immediately when they’ve done the right thing and sometimes we can’t deliver the reward immediately.
Behaviors are taught in different ways. Sometimes a behavior is captured, which means the animal does a behavior on its own and we just catch the animal doing the behavior and reinforce it. Then we work to establish a cue, like a word command or hand signal, for the behavior. Sometimes we shape a behavior, which means we reinforce closer and closer approximations of the behavior we want until we reach the goal behavior. For more complex behaviors, like participating in an ultrasound, we chain together different behaviors to reach the goal behavior.
That gives you a brief overview on how we train animals at the Zoo. The concepts are fairly simple and basic, but applying them consistently and effectively requires practice and is a highly developed skill among our keepers. It is absolutely amazing to see the training accomplishments of our keeper staff. Many of them will tell you that training is one of their favorite parts of their job. It certainly makes it easier to care for the animals. And it makes the animals’ lives less stressful and more interesting.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 15, 2011, 10:27:48 PM
Will those methods work on teenagers and husbands, I wonder?  :whistle:  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 15, 2011, 10:50:33 PM
Apparently Su Lin, as an inexperienced mother, injured her new cub when she was trying to pick it up. It received slight hip and abdomen injuries and is being cared for by keepers now. :( Another panda Xi Xi had twins the day after Su Lin gave birth - Su Lin is now caring for one of her cubs. :)

http://www.pandasliveon.com/giantpandas/


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 16, 2011, 12:43:50 AM
Thank you for the update, BOP.  I hope the little one isn't seriously injured.   :sosad:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 16, 2011, 01:56:48 PM
Here is a link to a great video by CCTV courtesy of "Danielle"

http://newscontent.cctv.com/news.jsp?fileId=113602

It shows the keepers treating Su Lin's cub (for "minor abrasions of the left hind leg"), taking Xi Xi's stronger cub and giving it to Su Lin, then giving Xi Xi her other twin cub.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 17, 2011, 12:49:31 AM
BOP, thank you.  That's an interesting video, and it's a relief to know that things seem to be going well.   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 18, 2011, 01:03:31 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 18
Normally, keepers get a little upset when the animals in their charge simply aren't cooperating and make them late for lunch. Today, however, it was a different story. Usually before lunch, we need to bring Lun Lun off exhibit so that we can clean her exhibit and offer her a fresh bundle of bamboo, along with her lunch allotment of fruit and biscuits. After servicing Yang Yang and Xi Lan, we went to attend to Lun Lun and Po. She is normally waiting for us and Po is usually in the climbing structure taking one of his afternoon naps. We looked through the window of the dayroom to see where everyone was, and Lun Lun was not waiting for us, and although Po was on the climbing structure, he definitely wasn't taking one of his naps. Po was in full alert mode, defending the climbing structure from Lun Lun, who was trying to dethrone him in a game of "king of the hill." Po wound himself in the limbs on the structure and held on tight, but Lun Lun was just too much for him. He was yanked from the tree and unceremoniously dropped to the ground. The whole crowd of visitors gasped at this, thinking that Po would be hurt. Giant pandas, even the little ones, are virtually indestructable, so a little fall into some mulch didn't even faze Po. Lun Lun did not savor her victory in the climbing structure long, and came down to lay her claim the rest of the exhibit. Po, who was more than happy to concede the rest of the dayroom, made a mad dash up one of the limbs on the structure to once again claim his spot. Lun Lun just couldn't let Po get the best of her, and climbed back into the structure to regain her title of queen of the structure. This scenario played itself over and over for about 25 minutes, much to the joy of the keepers and visitors alike. Once we saw that the little man was tiring some, we were able to get Lun Lun off exhibit and we were able to offer her some fresh bamboo and biscuits. Po was given a piece of banana and a biscuit, which he enjoyed immensely. The whole melee made us about 20 minutes late for lunch, but I guess we can forgive them. After putting Lun Lun back into the dayroom, the day went back to normal: Lun Lun sitting, enjoying her fresh bamboo, and Po, who was a little tuckered out, having one of his nice afternoon naps.
Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores




Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 22, 2011, 02:49:03 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, July 22
The pandas are welcoming a new face. Hello, I am Sheena and I have traveled from Outback Station to the world of Pandas. It is amazing over here and the pandas are incredibly fun to work with on a daily basis. I am picking up my new routine and hopefully the pandas are getting used to seeing me around all the time. I already miss the wonderful animals in Outback Station, especially the Kune Kune pigs. However, the pandas are making this a smooth transition, and it is exciting to learn about and care for them. Po is quite a unique giant panda, from what the other panda keepers have been telling me. He is the first cub I have worked with and so it is all new to me. Every day so far he has been showing me the ropes and making sure I know what he likes. One of his likes is pieces of banana, which I like to give him because he looks pretty adorable trying to eat them. I haven’t figured out what he dislikes yet, but I am sure with his BIG personality, he will let me know.
Sheena Braman,
Keeper I, Mammals


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110715_po_dayroom_ZA_9049.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 22, 2011, 03:45:30 PM
aww, hermit, what a cute picture of Po  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 25, 2011, 12:55:04 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 25
Po has decided that it's time to change things up a bit during morning routine. Up until now, Po has usually been asleep when we first arrive at 7 a.m. Trying to shift Lun Lun and Po was challenging at times because a sleepy cub has no desire to listen to his mother calling for him to follow. Lun Lun, in her own desire to get to her fresh bamboo, would usually reach a point where calling the cub wouldn't work and she would have to physically drag him out of his sleepy stupor. Now things are different! For the past few days or so Po has been awake, playful and rambunctious when we first arrive. So, it's been a lot easier to get the little cub to follow his mom.  Seems he's starting to sleep a little bit less and play more. Watching Po and Lun Lun playing more often and just a little bit rougher (because he's bigger and is starting to fight back) is the icing on my cake every day!
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 27, 2011, 01:11:29 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, July 27
As Jen wrote on Monday, Po has been sleeping less and playing more lately. Today he and Lun Lun had access to one of the outdoor habitats for the first time in a couple of weeks. The weather has been so warm in Atlanta this summer that even the early morning temperatures are above the giant pandas’ comfort level. But today it was finally just cool enough for them to have access outside. Po seems to be very happy with the chance to be outside. He has spent most of the morning running outside, then charging back in to play his mom, and then running outside again. Lun Lun has been much more sedate. She walking around outside for a few minutes and then settled down to eating bamboo in the cool dayroom. I expect Po will also settle down for a long nap this afternoon in the air conditioning after his antics this morning.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 01, 2011, 12:58:05 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, July 29
Yesterday I put up one of the pandas’ favorite enrichment items (and one of mine!): the swing. It has been a while since we have offered the swing to the pandas, but I was determined to hang it up this week. All of the pandas (except Po, who has not seen it yet) have enjoyed the swing at one time or another, but none of them love it as much as Yang Yang.  As soon as he saw it hanging up yesterday, he rushed over and climbed up on it and sat, holding onto the handles on each side. He played with the swing for over 20 minutes: he climbed on it, he stood on it, he lounged on it ,and of course, he slowly pushed himself back and forth off of a nearby wall. We keepers had as much fun watching Yang Yang play as he did actually playing. There are no words to describe how cute he is on that swing!  This morning he could not walk by it without stopping to play on it again.
Sadly, Po is currently afraid of the swing. I know he will learn to enjoy it just as his older siblings did, but for now, it is just a big scary thing hanging in his pathway. I think we will leave it hanging up for several days to allow Po to get accustomed to it and realize how much fun the swing can be. Unfortunately, there is no place we can hang it safely on exhibit, and so it is hung in the off-exhibit den area. That means guests and PandaCam viewers won’t be able to see the pandas use it. So, we will be sure to describe Po’s interaction with it, when he gets brave enough to give it a try.
Heather Baker Roberts,
Carnivore Keeper II


I would love to see Yang Yang playing on the swing.   :lollol:

Monday, August 1
Ladies and Gentleman,
Po's next brilliant move -- balancing a long piece of bamboo and walking up his structure. How cute!  He is trying so hard to figure out how to be just like his mom.  He pulled a long piece of bamboo out of his mother's stash and managed to bring it all the way to the top of his hammock structure. Once he made it to the top he sat back in the customary panda slouch and tried to break into his well earned piece of bamboo. However, he just wasn't strong enough to enjoy it quite like his mom. He kept dropping it to the ground and then went running for another piece to try. It was a hilarious little episode. He is growing up so quickly. We let him explore the outside yard for a few hours last week and he was having a great time running around and scooting underneath the outdoor climbing structure.  Of course, he would run back inside to check in with his mom every few minutes.  He is a definitely a fun panda to watch grow up.
Sheena Braman,
Mammals, Keeper I


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 01, 2011, 05:46:48 PM
I would love to see Yang Yang playing on the swing.   :lollol:
Me too!  :lol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 04, 2011, 10:22:08 PM
It's Yun Zi's second birthday tomorrow at San Diego Zoo. He will be served a special ice cake, viewable on panda cam, at about 9:15 AM Pacific Time  :love:

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam/


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 05, 2011, 01:24:38 AM
Thanks, BOP.  That will be fun.   :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on August 05, 2011, 12:35:08 PM
I took a few pics of Po today.  :)  He was so cute the way he slid down the branch to get to the ground!

(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_05082011_114153.jpg)
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_05082011_113833.jpg)
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_05082011_113848.jpg)
(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/Patti119/PandaCam/capture_05082011_113858.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 05, 2011, 01:28:33 PM
Thanks, Patti.  That's very cute.   :love:

From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, August 5
Yesterday Lun Lun and Po provided some great entertainment during my data collection session.  Often during my sessions, which occur mid-morning, Lun is eating while Po sleeps on the climbing structure.  Yesterday's session started out much the same, so I settled in for a relaxing hour of data collection. Partway through, though, Po woke up and decided it was time to play.  And after a while, Lun agreed.  Once they both tired, Lun took a breather while Po nursed.  It's been a long time since I've seen such a wide variety of behaviors from them during data collection. In the end I observed them resting, feeding, play figthing, locomoting, and nursing.  I was a fun hour of "work."
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 05, 2011, 10:04:21 PM
Such cute Po pictures, Patti  :love:

Yun Zi's second birthday party photos here:
http://www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam/gallery.html

and video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1GxzSYcE9w
Watch him topple his birthday cake!  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 05, 2011, 11:58:07 PM
ahhh ... I haven't gotten back over here in months :sosad: ... bless hermit, BOP and Patti who keep this thread up to date .... here is another video from msnbc regarding the Birthday celebration...
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/ns/nightly_news/#44041245

I was lucky enough despite health concerns earlier this year to have been able to visit the Panda exhibit at the National Zoo last month ... what a thrill! ... it had been over 20 years since I had seen the exhibit ... that day it was especially warm and the outdoor viewing area was closed ... we therefore had to view the pandas from behind glass from the indoor viewing area ... not good for getting good pictures ... but what a joy to go back and see them in person!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 06, 2011, 07:56:26 AM
Nice to see you here, Chris! What a treat to see pandas in person. :love: I was so disappointed Mei Xiang at NZ was not pregnant. Fingers still crossed for Bai Yun at SDZ.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 06, 2011, 01:05:49 PM
Thanks for the links, BOP and Chris.   :happy

Chris, good for you!  I would love to see a panda in person.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on August 07, 2011, 10:48:16 AM
I was watching Untamed & Uncut on Animal Planet yesterday.  They did a segment about the Pandas in the preserve in China that got hit by the earthquake.  Totally amazing ... they only lost one Panda.  They were so terrified though ... and trapped.  Huge boulders had fallen onto the building.  Their keepers wouldn't leave them and went back in to rescue them.  The pandas were hugging their keepers they were so scared.  It even took 3 days before any rescue showed up!! 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 07, 2011, 12:42:25 PM
I wonder if they will show it again.  I'd like to see it.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 08, 2011, 01:25:57 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, August 8
As Heather mentioned about a week ago, we hung a swing up in an off-exhibit area for the bears. Po was initially pretty unsure about the weird hanging thing. For a day or two he definitely was not comfortable walking past it without his mom's reassurance. Now he is completely unfazed with the swing but hasn't gotten the courage (curiosity?) to do more than sniff it as he walks past. Hopefully one day he will get brave enough to try and climb up in it before we take it down - I'm sure it will be very entertaining! Yang Yang still can't walk past it without succumbing the urge to climb up on it and play around for a few minutes (he has been super playful lately!). And to be honest, while it might put us behind a few minutes with our daily routine, we don't mind one bit because it is so rewarding to see the bears enjoying themselves, especially when it brings out their playful side. :-)
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 10, 2011, 01:49:28 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, August 10
I often think about how each of the three cubs we have had differ in personality and behavior. Lately I have been reminiscing about Xi Lan. He was such a rough and tumble boy and certainly the most adventurous of the three. He enjoyed playing hard and destroying things. Of all the cubs, he has been the fiercest with the enrichment items and often renders them useless after he plays with them. He doesn’t just break toys; he has also taken down two trees from the outdoor habitats, dismantled a drinker in the indoor dens and chewed on one of the cameras we used for monitoring him and Lun Lun when he was an infant (which, of course, we thought was out of reach). Thankfully, Xi Lan has never injured himself in his adventures! As he has matured, eating has become more important than playing, but when he does play, he still plays rough. He still destroys toys (or tries his best!) when he plays with them. In lieu of pulling down trees, he will dig a huge hole in the mulch in the dayrooms. It is nice to know that even though he is growing up, our little troublemaker has not changed.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


 :love:

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110614_po_ZA_8119.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 15, 2011, 01:11:23 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, August 15
The pandas are doing well this week. I was able to figure out how to assemble the yellow toy car. I gave Po and Lun Lun the opportunity to play with it and well, Po decided sleep was more important. I am figuring out that if a toy is hanging or can be pushed off of something then it usually is a panda favorite. The hammock seems to be Po’s main play thing unless Lun Lun chooses to wrestle with him.  Our other big cub, Xi Lan, was a climbing machine this week.  He showed off his great skills when he had access to one of the yards early in the morning. He climbed right on top of the structure and then all the way to the very tip of the longest branch. Then…SNAP, down comes panda - yet one more broken thing from our demolition expert Xi Lan. As soon as he fell back to the main platform of the climbing structure he paused for a moment and then took off running around the exhibit. I guess he figured out that he is getting too big for some of his daring adventures.
Sheena Braman
Mammal Keeper 1



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 16, 2011, 06:49:32 AM
Thanks for the updates, hermit. Cute photo. :love: I was out-of-town last week, and although I could read the updates, I can forgotten my password and couldn't sign in to post!  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 17, 2011, 01:41:33 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, August 17
Oh boy, I was really hoping to see Yang Yang splashing in the pool yesterday. We let him into one of the outdoor exhibit yards on Monday, and he began exploring immediately. He ignored his bamboo for at least 15 minutes, which is really suprising, to check out the exhibit and enjoy the beautiful weather. He examined the new rearrangements to the climbing structure, provided by Xi Lan from an earlier outing. Yang Yang added his own touch by snapping a few more pieces off the same big branch on the structure. He then went very close to the pool that Jen and I filled up. I have heard lots about him sitting in the pool and splashing his paws in the water, and so I was super excited to see this. Alas, he decided it wasn't the right time and went to eat some bamboo. Next time, Yang Yang! 
Sheena Braman,
Mammal Keeper 1



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 22, 2011, 12:53:32 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, August 22
The infamous yellow car is not just for Po's enjoyment. We were able to let Xi Lan, Po's big brother, to have some fun with it before we played musical bears (kinda like musical chairs) with the pandas and rotated them between the dayrooms and the off exhibit dens. Po got to play with the yellow car during the afternoon, but Xi Lan had a ball sniffing the yellow enrichment item probably smelling Lun Lun and Po's scents. He also played inside of it; it almost looked like a panda was driving a car! Po got to enjoy a new toy as well - just a simple ball dangling from a long chain in Dayroom 2. He was on the wooden structure trying to pull the ball up by grasping the chain and tugging. It worked for a moment until, inevitably, he accidently dropped the chain and had to start all over. This lasted for about five minutes until he gave up and decided to go see what his mom was doing, found a leaf eater biscuit his mom missed and plopped down to munch on it. It was actually really cute because he ended up sitting near his mom eating the biscuit while Lun Lun was munching away on bamboo. It was a prelude to what we will see in the future when Po starts eating more bamboo.
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 23, 2011, 06:37:37 AM
Thanks, hermit :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 23, 2011, 12:59:41 PM
You're welcome, BOP.   :bigsmile:  I wonder if there has been any news about Su Lin's cub.   :?:  It was the middle of July when thay took her cub away.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 23, 2011, 06:12:50 PM
I read on the San Diego Zoo site that Su Lin is looking after her own baby again. :)

Quote
Fonsia
Posted August 18, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Wonderful! Does this mean that Su Lin has her own cubby back, or is this still the replacement cub? The article doesn’t say.

From the early photos, the injuries to her cub didn’t look all that bad. I certainly hope I just missed the announcement that she’s caring for her own little boy now!

Moderator’s note: Su Lin is caring for her own cub.

http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2011/08/17/panda-bai-yun-still-waiting/
(in reader comments)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 23, 2011, 07:19:20 PM
Link to photos of Su Lin and her cub  :love:

http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6a7c47100100ubmo.html


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 25, 2011, 01:09:37 AM
Thanks, BOP.   :bigsmile:  I'm happy to hear that she has her own cub back. 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 25, 2011, 01:23:23 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, August 24
Tomorrow is Lun Lun’s 14th birthday! The keepers have some wonderful birthday surprises planned for her. She will have one of her favorite enrichment items, a big paper bag stuffed with hay and treats. This one is specially painted for her birthday. She’ll also get a present, which is a wrapped cardboard box with a surprise inside. And of course, she will receive an ice birthday cake. One layer will be scented with cinnamon (her favorite scent), another layer will contain fruit, and the top layer will have a piece of sugarcane (her favorite food). I hope that Po will join in the celebration and get to help his mom open her presents. Be sure to watch the fun on pandacam!
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


I hope there will be a video.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 25, 2011, 01:46:05 PM
Lun Lun and Po with the birthday cake (thanks to DoxieMom19).   :happy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEIwBmAlu70


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 25, 2011, 06:16:02 PM
SO cute!  :love: Thank you, hermit and doxiemom.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 26, 2011, 02:16:22 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, August 26
Lun Lun had a busy and fun-filled birthday yesterday (August 25)! When I arrived in the morning, she was still eating some of her overnight bamboo. She got a piece of sugarcane while she waited for me to set up her breakfast. After breakfast, she took a nap, and then it was time for her birthday cake. As Rebecca mentioned on Wednesday, we made her an ice cake with three layers. It was not an elaborate (or pretty) cake, but it was filled with some of Lun Lun’s favorite things. Before lunch, we set up the dayroom with the cake and some fresh bamboo. As is typical of our pandas, Lun Lun only sniffed the cake in passing and went straight for the bamboo and biscuits. After Lun Lun finished her bamboo, she investigated the cake further. She worked for a long time trying to get the sugar cane out of the ice, then gave up and took another nap (or tried to!). While she worked on her cake, Po noticed her activity and figured the cake must be safe if mom is playing with it. He joined her and went crazy for the cinnamon layer. He rolled all over it and batted it around. He continued playing with the ice even after Lun Lun left to sleep. He got completely soaked and covered in mulch from rolling around with the cake. When Po tired of the ice cake, he wanted mom to play with him, but she just wanted to sleep. She tried several different napping spots, hoping Po would give up and leave her alone, but he did not. Eventually, she gave in and played with him. Once Po had calmed down, Lun Lun was able to enjoy her sugar cane in peace, but she never did get that second nap.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_lunlun_birthday2011_ZA_0458_web.jpg)
(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110825_po_lunlunsbirthday_ZA_0525_web.jpg)  
(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110825_po_lunlun_lunlunsbirthday2011_ZA_0522_web.jpg)
(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110825_po_lunlunsbirthday_ZA_0505_web.jpg)

 :love:   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 29, 2011, 01:03:01 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, August 29
Happy Birthday pandas! This is a fun time because every panda is getting a special treat to celebrate his or her special day. Lun Lun recieved some great gifts to destroy and an ice cake. Right now we are gearing up for Xi Lan's birthday, which is on Tuesday the 30th. He will receive an ice cake and a toy rattle made out of bamboo and paper mache. The rattle was inspired by one of our guests.A little girl visiting the pandas dropped off a present for Xi Lan a few days ago and we took a little peak inside to see an adorable baby rattle made out of a stick and some colored balls. Jen and I decided that we were going to make a copy of this toy that was panda proof and offer it to Xi Lan on his birthday. Thanks for being so thoughtful! I hope he enjoys it as much as his little brother enjoyed Lun Lun’s ice cake. Check out Xi Lan’s birthday surprises on Tuesday on PandaCam.
Sheena Braman
Keeper I, Mammals

Check out the panda antics from Lun Lun's birthday


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV10ocp2700


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on August 29, 2011, 07:28:12 PM
That is so cute - thanks, hermit!  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 30, 2011, 08:28:03 PM
No new cub at San Diego Zoo this year :(

San Diego Zoo Facebook:

Quote
Well, it turns out there won't be a giant panda cub at the Zoo this year - our researchers have determined Bai Yun is not pregnant. But the good news is that Bai is back - or will be this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., munching bamboo in her exhibit again so her many fans can visit her. Good to have you back out front, Bai!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 31, 2011, 03:40:24 PM
Thanks, BOP.  Maybe next year.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 31, 2011, 03:40:56 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, August 31
Xi Lan had a really fun birthday yesterday! He loved all of the enrichment items we made for him.  He shredded his paper mache and bamboo “rattle” immediately to retrieve the biscuits hidden inside. Then he ate some of the bamboo that made the rattle’s handle. Since eating is much more important than playing for a panda, Xi Lan climbed up into the structure and ripped open the large paper bag filled with hay and biscuits. After another bamboo snack, he was ready to play. He rolled all over the room with his ice cake, rubbing himself all over it, especially the Tabasco-scented tier. I guess he got some Tabasco on his fur because he continued the self-anointing behavior even when he was on the other side of the room from the ice cake. Finally, he ate the bamboo candles on top of the cake. After all that activity he was wiped out and took a long nap. However, he must have started the party up again long after I had gone for the day because he slept in late this morning and his dayroom was a wreck!
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_xilan_birthday2011_ZA_0643.jpg)

:lollol:   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on August 31, 2011, 07:43:27 PM
Thanks, hermit - I really wish I had time to watch these cams - they look so cute!  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 01, 2011, 01:24:12 AM
You're welcome, JudyB.   :bigsmile:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yFlDhYsqlU

More videos:

from bob2cleo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLFlMWRV3Us

from DoxieMom 19
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebJaw1-WK2M


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 02, 2011, 01:20:46 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, September 2
Are you watching Po right now on PandaCam? I am! I rarely get to check out what he's doing on the camera and all of you panda fans are right, it's pretty fun! Even though I usually collect data using the very same camera system, it looks different from some reason on the website. And it's hard for me to watch this way, because I can't control the camera from here like I can from the Zoo! I missed my data collection sessions the past two weeks (shame on me, but I had good reasons), so I haven't spent nearly as much time watching Po as I would like. Right now he's working on what looks like Arrow bamboo. Of course he's much less efficient with his bamboo than the adults and he's spending a lot of time manipulating it and mouthing it. But still, it's progress. I can't see Lun Lun in the shot right now, but given the time of day, I can guess what she's doing: eating or sleeping. Well, maybe that has nothing to do with the time of day...
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 02, 2011, 07:29:56 PM
thanks for the links to the birthday videos , hermit. :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 03, 2011, 02:01:20 PM
You're welcome, BOP.  Looks like Xi Lan had fun on his birthday.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 06, 2011, 12:55:15 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Tuesday, September 6
The past few days in the giant panda area have been different… On Wednesday we let Lun Lun and Po spend the day in Dayroom 2, rotating the pandas around like normal. Everything was great until we tried to bring Lun Lun and Po in that night. Po had no desire to leave the climbing structure and Lun Lun was not in the mood to go up that structure to get her unyielding cub. So we let them have access to an off-exhibit den for the night; no big deal! Well, at some point Po decided that Dayroom 2 was awesome, and he had no desire at all to come down from the structure (I'm sure he came down at some point because he needed to nurse, we just weren't there to see it). So Lun Lun and Po spent three days in Dayroom 2 because he didn't feel like cooperating. He lost one of his baby teeth around the same time. Maybe he didn't feel so well because of that and felt safe and comfortable up in the structure. He finally came down Saturday morning (day 4) thanks to his mom's coercing and the rotating schedule is back to normal; we hope. Po is definitely over whatever problem he was having because he's been nothing but playful since coming down. He even went outside Sunday morning! It's always interesting to see how different all of the cubs that have been born here are. I'm told Mei Lan and Xi Lan didn’t camp out like that, but Po is a unique individual. He's still cute and we still love him, even if he decides to “pitch tent” somewhere for 3 days!
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 06, 2011, 09:02:03 PM
Po sounds like the panda version of the terrible twos!  :innocent:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 07, 2011, 01:36:52 AM
I've seen what Lun Lun has to go through in the afternoon to get Po to come in.  She often has to drag him.   :lollol:

For example:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCzV4FaCmt4


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 07, 2011, 12:48:36 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, September 7
Pandas love cool weather. After months and months of hot humid days, yesterday we are able to put Xi Lan outside for the afternoon. The rain and storms that passed through Atlanta the past two days made the weather cool off enough for him to go outside, which he really enjoyed. He was able to feel the cool, wet ground underneath his paws and just chill and eat some bamboo. He also spent some time reclaiming his habitat by scent-marking the rocks.
Katie Gatlin
Mammal Keeper 1



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 07, 2011, 09:17:06 PM
I've seen what Lun Lun has to go through in the afternoon to get Po to come in.  She often has to drag him.   :lollol:

For example:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCzV4FaCmt4

Poor Lun sure has her work cut out for her!  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 10, 2011, 01:23:32 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, September 9
Happy Birthday Yang Yang! Our biggest panda turned 14 today! To celebrate it, all of the panda keepers got together once again to construct an ice cake. Sheena (our newest panda keeper) was the mastermind behind this ice cake and Yang certainly enjoyed it! The base layer had some apples frozen on the bottom and a middle layer of tabasco sauce, which he went crazy over!.  The top tier of the cake (supported by bamboo stalks as the pillars) had some more frozen apples and bamboo leaves. We put the ice cake in Dayroom 1 and Yang Yang played with this for a good 10 minutes, alternating between rolling around on the cake, rubbing it all over himself, and then playing with the new 'beach ball' we gave him. After that excitement was over, we placed his bamboo and a large paper bag (painted for his special day) filled with treats and hay in Dayroom 2 and watched as he went straight for the bag to rip it open. It was a lot of fun to see Yang Yang, who is pushing 300 lbs, playing like a cub and enjoying his birthday.
 
He eventually settled down to eating some fresh bamboo, which brings me to Po. The weather has been beautiful here the past few days and we were able to let Lun Lun and Po be in one of the outdoor habitats all day; Xi Lan was in the other outdoor habitat. I thought for sure that Po would have crashed mid afternoon with how rambunctious he was throughout the morning, but he didn’t. He was a little ball of energy all day! We were able to put them outside again today and he's a little less hyper but was still inspecting every nook and cranny. I wish these days would stay but the heat is forecasted to come back. I can't wait for the fall!
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_yangyang_birthday2011_ZA_1132_web.jpg)
(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_yangyang_birthday2011_ZA_1149_web.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 10, 2011, 07:43:03 AM
Happy birthday Yang Yang.  :biggergrin2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 11, 2011, 11:43:00 PM
Thanks to bob2cleo, a video of Yang Yang enjoying his birthday cake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAndodhybpk

 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 13, 2011, 01:34:04 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, September 12
What a great Yang Yang birthday celebration! I am so happy that he enjoyed his ice cake. Constructing the ice cake was pretty intense, but we managed. I look forward to trying to create even more complex ones. Yang Yang is definitely earning a huge space in my heart. He is adorable and loves to play with almost everything. I sure do hope that Po turns out like his daddy! Po's first birthday will be here before you know it and I am sure we are going to create some awesome toys and delicious treats for his special day too. Thanks for the cards and well wishes for all of our amazing pandas. We appreciate it and I am sure our pandas love the extra attention! 
Sheena Braman
Keeper 1, Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 14, 2011, 01:20:04 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, September 14
Xi Lan was in a very playful mood when I was in the giant panda building yesterday. He was in the off exhibit dens and the keepers were playing chase with him. They run along the hallway from den to den and he trots along next to them and follows them back and forth. The keepers and the pandas are separated by the enclosure mesh at all times. So, to “catch” each other the keepers put the palms of their hands on the mesh and the panda puts its front paws up on the other side of the mesh. Yang Yang also likes to play this game with the keepers and often initiates it himself by putting his paws up on the mesh and then running off as an invitation to chase him. After a few minutes of chase, Xi Lan turned his attention to a ball that was suspended in one of the dens. He swatting it with his paws a few times; then he tried to get his back legs on top of it and trap it underneath himself. That was not easy to do and it was a lot of fun to watch him try it over and over. After that it was, of course, time to have a bamboo snack.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 14, 2011, 09:34:45 PM
I want to play too!  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on September 15, 2011, 06:53:33 AM
Yang Yang was sooooooooooo adorable playing with his cake!!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 18, 2011, 01:05:35 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, September 16
Having just come back from my weekend, the fun stuff about Po that I have heard about was his play bout in the water the other day.  Apparently he was splashing around in the pool in the outdoor habitat having a ball.  We're not sure if he intentionally got in the water or if he fell in, but either way we had a sopping wet panda cub afterwards!  We also gave the giant “beach ball' to Xi Lan and watched with slight apprehension as he went crazy with the ball, dragging it around the dayroom, biting it, tossing it around, trying to stand on it, etc.  The cover is a little loose - it's a replacement to the last one that got chewed on a bit too much - so we were watching Xi Lan carefully to see whether he was ripping it apart or just playing rough.  Xi Lan is our little demolition panda, but the “beach ball' survived his attacks with only minor wounds. :-)
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 19, 2011, 01:00:54 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, September 19
Over the past week, Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium co-hosted the national Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) conference. This is the largest annual event in the zoological industry, bringing together hundreds of "zoo people" to coordinate the many national zoo programs, listen to and discuss lectures, exchange ideas, find out about new products, and of course, network. On the last day of the weeklong event, Zoo Atlanta hosted "Zoo Day.” This was our opportunity to show off our zoo to all of our professional colleagues. After the day at the Zoo, we hosted an evening party for the conference participants. From all the feedback that I heard from everyone, they were all quite impressed with the Zoo. Even though we had our extremely cute tiger cubs on exhibit, Po still stole the show. Everyone was talking about him. Po showed off for everyone during the day by playing much of the day away. As babies normally get, he did end up napping much of the late afternoon away. Whatever he was doing, people didn't care. They were still thrilled to see him.
Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores

Yaar! (it's talk like a pirate day) This lubber Yang Yang appears to have had some grog on his birthday. Enjoy me maties.


 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJXx7yjVERY

That beach ball must be made of strong stuff!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 19, 2011, 01:58:24 PM
Yang Yang is so funny!  :mhihi:

Video of Mei Sheng  :love: from SDZ eating carrots in Bifengxia - by Rita Petita
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ritapetita/6149744865/
I don't like the bars though. :(

and videos (also by Rita) of Mei's sister Zhen Zhen being moved from an enclosure for the group birthday celebrations back to her regular one.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ritapetita/6154334895/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ritapetita/6154295629/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ritapetita/6154822298/


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 20, 2011, 01:20:02 AM
BOP, thank you for the videos of Mei Sheng and Zhen Zhen.  It's so good to see them.   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 23, 2011, 01:28:35 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Thursday, September 22
We recently received some surprising news from our colleagues at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding about Mei Lan, the first giant panda cub born at Zoo Atlanta. She is actually a he, and it seems that he was incorrectly sexed when he was a cub. Mei Lan has lived at the Chengdu Research Base since February 2010, and our colleagues there have noted the appearance of testes.

Giant pandas are normally sexed as infants during early health checks. This can be difficult to do correctly, and it helps to have some practice. Mei Lan was sexed during his first veterinary exam when he was 19 days old by a staff person from the Chengdu Research Base and Zoo Atlanta staff. This is later than would normally be done at the Chengdu Research Base, and it’s more difficult to do if the cub is more than a few days old. We waited longer to do Mei Lan’s first exam, because Lun Lun was a first-time mother and we didn’t want to do anything that might disrupt the excellent care she was providing for Mei Lan.

Close examination of the anogenital area is needed to determine the sex of a giant panda cub, and a male’s testes do not descend until he is over 3 years old. Prior to this, there is no obvious external cue to sex. As a result, young giant pandas are occasionally sexed incorrectly, which was apparently the case for Mei Lan. We plan to recheck the sex of our other young giant pandas, Xi Lan and Po, during their next scheduled physical exams.

Although it’s strange for us to think of Mei Lan as a male, the good news is that this does not change how he was cared for and managed while he was growing up here in Atlanta. We all recall that his birth on September 6, 2006, was a monumental event for Zoo Atlanta, the City of Atlanta, the Giant Panda Species Survival Plan, and thousands of you, his fans, from around the world. He was the only giant panda cub born in the U.S. in 2006, and there was nothing we would have done differently if we or the staff from the Chengdu Research Base had known sooner that he was a male. He still would have been transferred to the Chengdu Research Base when he was 3 years old, and he will still be an important part of the breeding population there. So while this news does come as a big surprise, we’ll all just work on getting used to the fact that Lun Lun’s and Yang Yang’s firstborn was a son, and that son may have a bit of an odd name (Mei Lan roughly translates to Atlanta’s Beauty) for a male. I don’t think he’ll mind. I’ll bet Lun Lun knew all along. Too bad we couldn’t just ask her!
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :shock:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 23, 2011, 01:31:16 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, September 23
For the past several months, we have been working with Po on some basic training behaviors. The most important of these is “shift.” He quickly learned that “shift” means to move through an open door, mainly by following his mother. However, just because he understands what we are asking of him does not mean he will do it. As a younger cub, he shifted quickly and very willingly because he wanted to stay with Lun Lun. As he has gotten older, he prefers to do his own thing. Currently, he likes to stay curled up on the structure, even when it is time to come inside. For a while, Lun Lun would help us out by bringing him inside with her when we asked her to. Now, Po is starting to resist her “requests” for him to go with her. This is normal behavior for a young giant panda cub. At this age in the wild, a cub would climb a tree for safety while mother is out foraging. We are working to make inside a desirable place for Po to be and rewarding him heavily for coming inside, but for now, he continues to prefer the climbing structure.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper II


 :lollol:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 23, 2011, 11:02:25 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Thursday, September 22
We recently received some surprising news from our colleagues at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding about Mei Lan, the first giant panda cub born at Zoo Atlanta. She is actually a he, and it seems that he was incorrectly sexed when he was a cub.

Oh My!!  :shock:  :whistle:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on September 24, 2011, 08:46:27 AM
 :lollol: :lollol:  How in the world does that happen!! 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Judy on September 24, 2011, 03:10:46 PM
Oh my, Mei Lan is a he, what a surprise!  :eek:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 26, 2011, 01:10:09 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, September 26
In just a few short days, Po has definitely caught on that there are some pretty awesome perks - in the form of bananas and leafeater biscuits - that always appear when he shifts inside into one of the off-exhibit dens. I have noticed that when he does shift, he readily comes up to the mesh looking for a treat. However, if he's snoozing on a structure, that cub ain't comin' down for nothin'! He has fairly predictable times when we feel confident that he'll be awake - early morning, right before lunch, and then usually around 3:30 in the afternoon. We've been targeting these times to try shift training with him since we know he's most likely to come inside. Now we’ve just gotta figure out how to convince a panda cub that snoozing on the structure isn't as fun as coming inside can be. Every cub has been different and I'm sure we'll find out what works best with little Po!
Jen Webb
Keeper 1, Carnivores


 :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 28, 2011, 12:55:22 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, September 29
Last week I had the opportunity to work with the giant pandas for most of the day, not just observe them during data collection. I hadn’t worked routine the panda building for a while, so it was great to get back to it. The thing that always strikes me when I work panda routine is how different it is from other routines. In some ways, all routines are similar, because they involve cleaning, feeding, training and providing enrichment. But unlike some of the other animals, the pandas seem to dictate other details of the day. The meerkats, for example, don’t complain much about their food. They’re happy to get it and seem to love their diet. The pandas, however, as you’ve heard many times before, are not always appreciative of what they’ve been provided. And they let you know. Last week, though, things were really smooth. Sheena and I had lots of eating and sleeping pandas and they seemed pretty happy with our performance. As a part of my day, I also got to pay a couple of visits to Shandy the red panda and Marvin the muntjac. Although Shandy wasn’t too interested in seeing me, Marvin met me right at the door of his enclosure, ready for his bananas. No complaints from Marvin, or from me.
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on September 28, 2011, 04:48:45 PM
Thanks so much for bringing the reports here, hermit!  I do wonder how Po and family are doing - but just don't find time to check that often.  Loved the video with the ice cake and the giant beach ball - and you're right - that's one strong ball!  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 29, 2011, 01:29:42 AM
You're welcome, JudyB.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 30, 2011, 03:49:33 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, September 30
I've gotten a lot of questions lately about the weights of the pandas, and so I thought I'd update the blog as well! First off, the adults' weights fluctuate throughout the day, usually around 10lbs, because of all the bamboo they consume. Po's weight does not fluctuate that much because he still mainly nurses and steals the occasional leafeater biscuit or banana piece. He isn't really eating bamboo, yet. That being said, Yang Yang is averaging a whoppin' 290lbs, Lun Lun around 235lbs, Xi Lan is still growing and currently weighs around 180lbs...and that leaves little Po, who just broke 21kg (~46lbs).
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 30, 2011, 06:59:47 PM
Wow, hard to believe Xi Lan is 180 pounds now!  :rolleyes2: And Po is catching up. ;)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 04, 2011, 01:13:32 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, October 3
Wow! What an amazing day in Panda Land. Saturday night we had some guests participate in our Giant Panda Deluxe NightCrawler program. Besides learning about giant pandas, especially our cute four, they made an amazing enrichment item for Lun Lun and Yang Yang. Using two cardboard boxes, one super long paper towel roll and some paint, they created the cutest fake pandas. Sunday morning, I set the painted box pandas in the day rooms and placed scents all over the different parts of the boxes and filled the insides with hay and treats. We weren't sure if the pandas would even play with these weird toys, but they did not dissapoint. Yang Yang was the first to see his and he went crazy ripping it apart and trying to find all the treats. At one point he had the box completely ripped open and it was sitting on his head while he finished off some of the treats. Lun Lun was a little more delicate with her fake panda friend. She went up to it and swatted the head off and then searched for treats throwing hay everywhere. It was a pretty silly sight. Po was curious about the "panda,” but decided the best spot to observe this new guy was from the top of his hammock. He was very interested in the strong smells coming from the box and we could see his little nose sniffing the air. However, he didn't have enough courage to come down and investigate further. We didn't leave Xi Lan out of the mix; we gave him a hay pile in Habitat 2 full of scents and his favorite sugar cane. Because Lun Lun was so delicate with her panda box, we were able to pull it out and reassemble it...sorta; and we gave it to Xi Lan to finish it off. They loved it! I can't wait to see how the pandas react to their paper mache counterparts on enrichment day.
Sheena Braman
Keeper 1, Mammals


I wish we could see a video of this.   :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 06, 2011, 01:09:12 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, October 5
Hi all! What wonderful weather we are enjoying. The pandas are especially enjoying it! We have had Po and Lun Lun out in Habitat 1 for the last few days and I think they have really liked it. I filled up the pool and was hoping that it would stay crystal clear, but Po had different thoughts about it. I watched him and his mom walk in and splash around. Then I watched Po roll around in the dirt, and so yesterday afternoon Po was black and brown. He cleaned up a little overnight and as soon as I put them out this morning he went straight to the pool. He didn't climb in today even though several times he reached out to touch the water. Today's adventures were full of exploring all the vegetation in the yard. I think he tried to taste everything at least once today until he finally settled down underneath the structure for a long nap. 
Sheena Braman
Keeper 1, Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 07, 2011, 02:28:26 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, October 7
We continue to make progress with training Po to shift on command. He is much more likely to follow his mom and try and steal as many biscuits as possible.  t's comical to watch Po and Lun Lun fight over the delicious red leafeater biscuits and fruit … I'll let you figure out who usually wins! I was actually able to do a training session with Lun Lun, during which we worked on maintenance behaviors. These trained behaviors enable us to perform visual checks on all the adult pandas while safely being on the other side of the mesh. During the training session, Heather kept Po occupied with treats as he was watching his mom from nearby - I thought that was pretty cool!    
Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


:bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 08, 2011, 07:39:03 AM
Poor Gao Gao at San Diego Zoo had to have exploratory surgery on Oct. 6 as he has been experiencing abdominal discomfort. :(

http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2011/10/06/gao-gaos-surgery-post-your-get-well-wishes/

Gao Gao is 19.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 08, 2011, 01:11:26 PM
Oh, dear.  :sosad:  I hope it's not serious.   :pray2:

Thank you for the news, BOP.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 11, 2011, 10:32:50 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, October 10
One thing the keepers have to do with the giant pandas is weigh them twice daily.  Believe it or not, the weights of the adult pandas can change as much as 11 kg, or 24 pounds, from morning to night. It may sound like a pain to weigh them twice daily, but it is actually an easy procedure. We simply shift the panda away from the weighing area. We then put some biscuits and fruit on the scales, leave the area, and shift them back in. The pandas will go right to the scale, sit and start eating. They will sit there for several minutes, giving us time to run to the other side of the building to read the results. Everything was nice and easy, until now. Po has determined that his favorite place is back in the corner behind the scales. This would normally not be an issue, but it is a tight squeeze and he ends up pressing on the scales, rendering them inaccurate. Today, I weighed Po as usual. It was very easy and he performed this task for me flawlessly. When it came time to weigh his mother, however, it was a different story. After weighing him, I placed his bowl, with biscuits, on a far corner of the scale. He came over like he was supposed to and stayed with his bowl like a good boy. I then proceeded to place Lun Lun's biscuits on the scales platform and hurried to tare the scales before letting Lun Lun into the den. Po was still being a good boy, sitting with his biscuits, that is, until I let Lun Lun into the den. Lun Lun came in like normal and climbed right up on the scales as usual. I then had to race to the scales reader, to get Lun Lun's weight, before Po found out that there were more biscuits on the scales. Needless to say, I didn't make it. Po was just a little faster than I was. When I got back to the weigh area, Po had absconded with several of Lun Lun's biscuits and had wedged himself in the corner again. He refused to leave the corner for the next 30 minutes. While in itself all of this is not a big deal, it is just one of those things that puts us behind schedule in the morning. If Po wasn't so cute sitting in the corner, I think it would have bothered me a bunch more. Oh well, what are you going to do? I was finally able to get a weight on Lun Lun, but it was definitely much more difficult than it should have been.
Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 12, 2011, 06:01:29 AM
Po is a rascal!  :lollol:

Gao Gao is recovering well from his exploratory surgery :D
http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2011/10/10/gao-gao-road-to-recovery/

San Diego Zoo:
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Veterinarians were able to rule out major concerns through the exam performed on October 6.  Although we do not know what was causing the panda’s discomfort, by taking this step to ensure early detection of any serious problem we made sure that there is nothing serious to worry about.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 12, 2011, 01:20:38 PM
BOP, thank you for the update on Gao Gao.   :bigsmile:

From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, October 12
We have been writing about Po stealing his mom’s biscuits for awhile now. He has been more determined and successful in this endeavor lately, and so it’s time that he starts receiving his own daily allotment of biscuits. The leafeater biscuits are provided as a supplement to the giant pandas. Bamboo is the most important part of the pandas’ diet and it makes up about 95% of their diet at Zoo Atlanta. In the wild, giant pandas are very selective about the bamboo species and specific bamboo plants they eat. Giant pandas are selective about their bamboo in captivity too, but their choices are more limited. Thus, the biscuits help ensure they receive the right balance of nutrients.

Po will continue to nurse for at least seven more months. But he is more and more interested in solid food. In the next couple of months, he will begin eating significant amounts of bamboo. His bamboo consumption will gradually increase and his nursing will gradually decrease. We will increase his daily amount of biscuits gradually over this period as well. For now, we will start out by giving him about 10 biscuits each day. I’m sure Lun Lun will appreciate not having to share as many of her biscuits with Po, but I expect he will still steal a few.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 14, 2011, 01:23:14 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, October 14
This week Xi Lan has finally discovered why Yang Yang loves the swing so much! On Wednesday, I was moving him through the hallway where the swing was hanging and he was in a playful mood. Instead of shifting into the adjacent den, he climbed up onto the swing. Sheena and I laughed at him and that made him even more playful. He went crazy playing with the swing. He was so wild that he dumped himself off of the swing and tumbled onto the floor. We laughed even harder, so he climbed back up and promptly fell off again. After that he kept falling off – on purpose! He played while we laughed for at least 20 minutes. He was just like his goofy dad!
Heather
Carnivore Keeper II


 :lollol:   :love:

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_110909_po_ZA_1095.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 14, 2011, 09:13:34 PM
that must have been cute to see :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 18, 2011, 01:09:18 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, October 17
Exciting times for both Lun Lun and Po! This past week we were able to give both mom and cub access to the second habitat for the first time! Po is finally big enough that we felt safe letting him into the bigger yard. Lun Lun hasn't been over there in quite some time, too. We thought Po would be very hesitant to go into the new area, but he was right on his mom's heels as she made a beeline for the fresh bamboo we had placed in there. Po has definitely been a busy little cub inspecting all of the nooks, crannies, climbing structures, and all of the new smells. Habitat 1 is still the safe zone that he goes back to when he starts to feel a little overwhelmed, but I'm sure this will pass soon enough. Lun Lun is enjoying the new scenery for sure!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 20, 2011, 01:29:52 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, October 19
Po is exploring our second outdoor habitat a little more each time he and his mom have access to it. A few days ago Po managed to climb into the moat and had a great time rolling around in the grass. He eventually fell asleep down in the moat and when he woke up it took him a little while to remember how to get out if it. He also tried climbing both structures. Getting up to the top of them was the easy part, but getting down seemed a little tricky for Po. He kept attempting to climb down head first, and then when he realized that wasn’t going to work he would clutch onto the poles with his front paws and then flip around so his toes were towards the ground. The first time he dangled off the structure for a few seconds. Lun Lun came to his rescue. Unfortunately, Po didn’t know his mom was about to help him, and so he gave a loud bark when Lun Lun grabbed him. I am sure in a few more months he will figure out all the techniques to be a master climber. 
Sheena
Keeper I, Mammals


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 20, 2011, 07:09:27 AM
Po is a little adventurer!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 24, 2011, 08:32:31 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, October 24
The first weekend of Boo at the Zoo has been a lot of fun!  We've seen all sorts of really cool costumes!  And for a special enrichment, our giant pandas got to bob for apples.  It was a sight!  Both days this weekend saw identical results from each panda: Yang Yang grew impatient on Saturday and after on 20 seconds of 'bobbing' he decided that flipping the tub over would be a much quicker way of retrieving his apples.  On Sunday we tried to wedge the tub his apples were in but he's too smart! He padded right over to that tub and flipped it over...and kicked it into the moat in the habitat for good measure - I think to prove a point!

Lun Lun was the only one who figured out/had enough patience to scoop the apples out of the water.  With the tub empty of apples, Po decided that it was his cue to come over and splash around in the water and knock the tub over and play with it.

Lastly, Xi Lan: he wasn't so sure about the whole bobbing for sweet potatoes (he doesn't get apples in his diet, yet).  He tried for a few minutes but eventually decided to take a similar route as his dad Yang Yang did, but with wetter results. He managed to tip the tub over both days...right on top of himself!  So he got his sweet potatoes in the end, but he also got himself drenched.  I don't think he cared because he was soon running around acting like a goofball!

If you weren't able to come out to see these funny events, come out this next weekend during Boo at the Zoo, because we plan on giving this another go to see what the pandas do!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :mhihi: 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on October 25, 2011, 07:12:15 PM
What fun!  I know there's a lot of hard work in their jobs, but still think that any job where you spend time thinking of fun things for pandas to do sounds like a good job to me! :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 26, 2011, 10:38:34 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, October 26
One week from tomorrow, Po will turn 1 year old. We are still working on his birthday surprises, but I hope it will be a fun day for all of us. It is hard to believe he is almost a year old. It has certainly been an eventful year and it has been interesting getting to know our newest little panda. All of our cubs have been different in personality as one would expect. Po seems to have inherited his father’s love of routine and structure and his mother’s indifference to her keepers (unless we have food, of course!). However, he has a unique perspective of his environment. He has been the most cautious and apprehensive of all of our pandas.  He can be playful and silly like his older siblings, but he treats all new things with suspicion until Lun Lun proves otherwise. He typically avoids anything that Lun Lun does not interact with first. As he has gotten older, Po is a little more confident, but we still manage to frighten him (inadvertently, of course!) with novel enrichment items.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper II


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_111014_po_ZA_2974.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 26, 2011, 10:31:13 PM
oh so cute!  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on October 27, 2011, 04:49:11 PM
I can't believe he's almost a year already!  I swear he was just born!   :puzzled2: :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 27, 2011, 08:25:15 PM
Su Lin and her cub are doing well, but due to her inexperience as a mother, they have taken them out of the reintroduction program and their semi-wild enclosure, and returned them to the BiFengXia breeding base.

http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2011/10/27/su-lin-back-to-bi-feng-xia/



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 28, 2011, 01:24:45 AM
Thanks for the update on Su Lin, BOP.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 28, 2011, 01:32:45 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, October 28
We have another panda birthday just around the corner. Our little Po is a big boy and turning a whole year old on Nov. 3, next Thursday. We have started decorating his ice cake and decided that since he loves cinnamon so much we were going to make a layer of his cake full of it. Hope he enjoys all the treats on his special day. He definitely enriches each of my working days, just yesterday he was playing with a jolly ball that we covered with a sheet so it would look like a ghost. He was running around everywhere with it and trying to drag it up the structure. At one point, he was sitting in the hammock with the sheet draped over him like a cape. I guess he is a super hero this year for Halloween. 
Sheena
Keeper 1, Giant Panda

 
:lollol:   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 28, 2011, 01:44:44 PM
Here is Po with the jolly ball and sheet.   :happy

Thank you DoxieMom19.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QzrLlymqCQ


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on October 28, 2011, 05:29:23 PM
Waaaaayyyyyyy too cute!!   :love:  It's like a baby blankie.  :) :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 31, 2011, 01:11:23 PM
FromZoo Atlanta:

Monday, October 31 (Happy Halloween!)
Po has gotten some new and exciting enrichment (as well as the other pandas). We traded out the hammock in Dayroom 1 for the Rope Ladder. We thought he might be a little scared of it at first, but he has warmed up to it very quickly! It's the newest, coolest, most fun-est thing EVER! He loves trying to climb through it and wiggle his way to the top without falling through. As you can imagine, he isn't always successful but he's a very determined little panda! We also placed a scarecrow in with Lun Lun and baby Po for the second week of Boo at the Zoo, and at first, Po swatted the thing down from where we had perched it in the structure in Dayroom 1. After replacing it he decided that a nap was in order before he investigated it again. In the end, I came to check on my lovable pandas and saw that the scarecrow had once again been knocked down. Both Lun Lun and Po were up and playing so I'm not sure who did it … but I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Po had decided that the new thing was most definitely NOT allowed in his climbing structure!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores

 
:lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 31, 2011, 08:53:51 PM
Thanks for the blankie video hermit - I hope there is one with the scarecrow too!!  :love: :biggergrin2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 03, 2011, 01:26:13 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, November 2
We are super excited about Thursday! Po is turning one. Please check out his reaction to his awesome treats and gifts which he will receive tomorrow around 11:00.  He will receive the always popular ice cake and a present, which is a wrapped box with treats inside. Po now weighs 22.5 kg. That’s a huge change from his birth weight of roughly 100 g (we don’t know Po’s birth weight because we waited until he was nine days old to weigh him for the first time). Since I started working in pandas about three months ago Po has undergone other big changes. He went from trying to eat a small piece of banana to demolishing big pieces of banana. His climbing skills are improving every day. This morning I saw him climb to the very top of the structure in dayroom 1 with a piece of bamboo to enjoy. Usually, he drops it and has to work super hard to go back and pick it up. However, lately he is a balancing pro. Here is to the next year of growing up Panda!
Sheena
Keeper I, Giant Panda



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 03, 2011, 01:29:13 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PO !

 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 03, 2011, 06:37:20 AM
Happy First Birthday, Po   :biggergrin2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 04, 2011, 12:53:52 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, November 4
Po had a wonderful and fun-filled birthday yesterday. Best of all, he didn’t sleep through it! Po was hesitant when the party began, but soon jumped head first into the celebration! Lun Lun opened his present (a traffic cone donated to the pandas by a pair of admirers), but Po enjoyed the wrapping paper more than the toy itself. The cake was a hit with both Lun Lun and Po; in fact, they spent most of their time tussling over the frozen “1,” which had banana slices and pieces of sugarcane inside. Lun Lun graciously let Po win – it was his birthday after all! After the excitement of the morning, Po was worn out and took a long nap, but later in the afternoon, he played with all of his birthday stuff again. To top the day off, Po shifted inside with his mother at close, which made my day! Happy Birthday, Po!
Heather
Carnivore Keeper II


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_111103_cake_pobirthday_ZA_4198.jpg) (http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_111103_po_birthday_ZA_4171.jpg) (http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_111103_po_birthday_ZA_4133.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 05, 2011, 08:05:14 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:
Po enjoyed the wrapping paper more than the toy itself.

Pretty typical for a one-year-old!  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 07, 2011, 01:46:46 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, November 7
Not much is going on in PandaLand today. Things are going back to normal after the excitement of Boo at the Zoo and Po’s birthday. You might see a new sight in the dayrooms or the outdoor habitats, though. We're going to start target training Po, so that we can help him to learn to shift on and off exhibit on command. Although he isn't really behind where his big brothers were at shifting on command at 1 year of age, Po definitely has his own ideas about when he decides to shift off exhibit with his mom. Normally, we stop going into the enclosure with the giant pandas after they're 1 year old for safety reasons, but Po is pretty good about not moving when we go in his enclosure. So much so that he doesn't want to come in at the end of the day, either! So, we are going to try training him to shift off exhibit using a target stick, which is basically a pole with a plastic ball on the end. Though shaping and positive reinforcement, it is out hope that Po will learn that he has to touch his nose to the target to get a food reward. This way we can guide him off exhibit safely when needed. This is all in theory, though! Po may decide that he loves this 'game' or he may just completely ignore us. It's all about trial and error and figuring out what works best with little Po.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7AIOx7EoaQ


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 09, 2011, 01:53:35 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, November 9
With all of the excitement of Po’s birthday, we still haven’t forgotten about his big brother Xi Lan. The other day Xi Lan got a special treat, too, when we gave him access to our off-exhibit outdoor habitat. At first he wasn’t so sure about the yard.  It took a little time, and coaxing from the keepers, to actually shift through the doorway that leads into the yard. But once he got out there, he immediately set to eating the fresh bamboo that the keepers had provided. We gave him access, in case he wanted to spend a little time in the tunnel, and he took advantage of this a couple of times. But he actually seemed very comfortable out there. Now that the weather has cooled down, it will be nice for him and the other pandas to have an additional outdoor space to enjoy. 
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 11, 2011, 02:59:43 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, November 11
I was in China the last week of October for a giant panda meeting. At the end of the trip I visited the Chengdu Research Base and saw Mei Lan! He is doing really well! He was sleeping when I arrived, but his keepers tossed some fresh bamboo to him and called him to wake him up (he speaks Chinese now =) and that did the trick. He sat and ate bamboo for a long time while I took pictures and just enjoyed watching him. He looks great and seemed very content to me. His keepers said he’s eating well and is healthy. He is in the same enclosure that he’s been in since he was released from quarantine. All of the enclosures at the Research Base are nice, but Mei Lan’s area is especially large and lush.

It was interesting to see how popular he is with visitors. When visitors were told that the panda they were looking at was Mei Lan, most of them knew who he was and that he was born in the United States. When the Research Base staff told guests that I had known Mei Lan since he was born, I became pretty popular too and was asked to pose for pictures with some of the visitors. This reminded me of my old days in China. When I was collecting behavioral data at the Research Base and Chengdu Zoo for my dissertation, I used to be asked to be in pictures with Chinese visitors frequently. I think I appear in the photo albums of many Chinese families.

I spent most of 1997-1999 at the Chengdu Research Base and the Chengdu Zoo collecting data for my dissertation and other behavioral studies on the pandas. From 2000-2007 I went to Chengdu 1-3 times a year to train keepers and graduate students for data collection on studies. Chengdu was like a second home to me. Then I had a baby and took a break from traveling to China.

It had been four years since I’d been to Chengdu. It was great to go back and see all the changes in the city and at the Research Base. The developed part of the Research Base has nearly doubled in size since I was last there. I especially loved seeing my old friends. Some of them are pandas, like Yang Yang’s mom, Ya Ya. She was a favorite of mine even before she had Yang Yang. She was playing with two year-old cubs when I was there. I was so happy to see her playing with cubs. She’s such a great mom and my fondest memories of Yang Yang as a cub are of him playing with his mom. Some of my old friends are people. Two of my former Chinese research assistants have children now too. We spent most of our time talking about our kids. It was a joy to meet their children and to see my friends as parents. I hope to take my daughter to China in a few years, so that she can meet my friends and their children too. I hope Mei Lan will have fathered some babies by then that she can also meet!
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Mei Lan

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/meilan_China-Trip-2011-145.jpg) (http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/meilan_China-Trip-2011-140.jpg)

Chengdu Research Base

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/China-Trip-2011-190.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 11, 2011, 10:17:22 PM
Thanks, hermit. A great update on Mei Lan, and nice to hear about Yang Yang's childhood and his mum Ya Ya. :)

cute video of Po enjoying his birthday treats.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 14, 2011, 01:55:31 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, November 14
Xi Lan had some exciting days this week. We began to use an off exhibit outdoor area to provide the boys with a little extra space. Yang Yang has been in this yard before, but it was brand new to Xi Lan. I have known Xi Lan to be the most adventurous of pandas and when we showed him the new yard for the first time he did not let me down. He walked right up the new hallway and entered into the yard.  He walked around and smelled all the fresh bamboo growing in the yard for a long time before settling down and trying to figure out how to eat it. He has always been provided with precut bamboo, so trying to eat it while it is still in the ground was a new experience. His technique is pretty unique. He grabs a piece of bamboo and then lays completely flat on his back and bends the bamboo to the ground. Then with his back and front paws he holds onto it and tries to eat the leaves. He manages ok except for when he lets the piece slip through his paws. This ends up surprising him and he has to search for a new piece. I’m sure in a few days he will figure out how to snap the bamboo off and eat it just like Yang Yang. 
Sheena
Keeper I, Giant Panda


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 16, 2011, 11:26:54 PM
video of pandas in the wild (http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/sn/show.do?show=130140&source=related-to-kingfisher), from the Smithsonian Channel

another one on panda breeding at Wolong (http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/sn/show.do?show=136102&source=related-to-pandas-in-the-wild)








Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 17, 2011, 02:39:21 AM
BOP, thank you for the wonderful panda videos.   :bigsmile:  I also enjoyed the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre video that you posted on the chat thread.  What a great place to visit!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 17, 2011, 07:14:54 AM
You're welcome, hermit  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 17, 2011, 01:55:00 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, November 16
One thing we have found out with Po is that he likes the outdoor enclosures. For some reason all of the panda cubs love to sleep on the grates for the storm drain in the bottom of the exhibit moats. To each, his own, I guess. Anyway, with the lovely weather we have been having here lately, along with the time change, the keepers have been having a rough time getting Po to shift inside for the evening. He seems to be winding down from a long, hard day just around that time and the grates are his favorite place to be. The keepers normally will call to him and offer him biscuits or other treats to get him to come in for the night. If this doesn't work, we will send Lun Lun out into the yard to get him. Believe it or not, she will usually get him inside for us. Tonight, I thought it was going to be one of those days. Everything was pointing to another repeat performance by Po. I wasn't counting on Mother Nature lending a helping hand. Right when Lun Lun and Po were supposed to come in, the sky opened up and the rain began to fall. I think Po set a new giant panda land speed record when he launched himself out of the moat and ran over to the shift door to avoid the rain. I promptly let Po and his mom into their night quarters where bamboo and biscuits were waiting. Po didn't seem too shaken by the ordeal, as he was passed out napping within 10 minutes. 
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


 :lollol:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 18, 2011, 01:56:14 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, November 18
Oh, being a mother panda definitely has its tiresome moments. Lun Lun was trying to take a nap all day and baby Po wanted to play. It seemed like every time Lun Lun settled down for a little siesta, Po was there ready to pounce on her. She tried to ignore him, but he is pretty difficult to avoid when he wants to play with her. She stopped for a rest in the doorway that connects the two dayrooms, and Po kept running through the door and climbing right over her.  She then decided to give in and play with him. She wrestled around with him for about 15 minutes until Po decided to call it quits and climb to the top of his structure for a nap. I thought Lun Lun was going to take this opportunity to return to the shift door and try her nap again. Well, she did go for a nap. She just chose the same spot as her darling son. She climbed all the way onto the structure and draped herself over Po for a nice long 30 minute nap. Thankfully, Po didn’t seem to mind. It was a cute half an hour to watch mom and baby cuddled up. 
Sheena Braman
Keeper I, Giant Panda


 :love:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on November 19, 2011, 07:33:57 AM
Aawwwwwwwwwwwww!   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 19, 2011, 09:07:52 AM
I would love to see a photo of Lun sleeping on top of Po!  :mhihi:

Here is Gao Gao at SDZ enjoying his bamboo - he looks like he has recovered from his surgery. :)
(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/gaogaonov192011.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 21, 2011, 12:12:50 AM
I have certainly missed so much here on the Panda Thread ... just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to check in on all of my areas of interest ...  a special thank you goes out to hermit and BOP for your efforts over here on the Panda Thread ... amazing!

From MSNBC Nightly News ... a video on the 'Panda Census' ...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#45377810


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 21, 2011, 12:49:02 AM
BOP, thanks for the cap of Gao Gao, and Chris for the video about the panda census.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 21, 2011, 02:12:07 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, November 21
For those who don't know, we have a third off-exhibit outdoor habitat where we are able to let our pandas be pandas! It's really cool to get to see behaviors we would truly see in the wild. Lun Lun and Po don't get to go over there yet because Po isn't big enough. This fall is the first time Xi Lan has gotten to go over there and he loves the opportunity to explore something new. Yang Yang remembers this yard and loves being in there ... so much so that he has created a mess along with his 3-year-old son Xi Lan! Instead of breaking the bamboo stalk (culm) in half, the boys have been simply bending the tall bamboo down so they can get to the yummy leaves. If you or I were to attempt this, nothing would happen - we're not strong enough; but the pandas bend and twist the bamboo like it's no thicker than a twig! Unfortunately with the tall bamboo forest growing in there, and the boys' love of bending the culm, it's become a disaster zone! They've woven the bamboo up, down, around, over, under and at one point managed to make a knot around the untouched bamboo as they would bend a plant down and then walk 3 feet over to eat it, and then decide that they want to finish eating it 5 feet over in the opposite direction. Repeat this action all day and you can start to get an idea of how it looks! To be honest I'm not sure how they manage to navigate within the little bamboo forest because I have a hard time getting in there to clean up! I know they love being out there and while I'm fighting with the tangled mess, I just keep telling myself that.  If only we could teach them to clean up after themselves ...
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 26, 2011, 11:09:21 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, November 25
Last week while Jen and I were cleaning out some broken bamboo and debris from the off-exhibit habitat, I noticed that an eleagnus plant growing in there was looking a bit worse for wear with several broken branches.  Yesterday I found out why.  As I was collecting behavioral data on Po, I happened to spot Xi Lan on the camera.  He was in the off-exhibit habitat standing in an odd position.  I zoomed in on him and he was climbing the eleagnus!  He wasn’t getting very far because it is not a large plant and the branches couldn’t support his weight, but for a while he kept trying to climb up as far as possible.  After he fell out of the branches a few times, he gave up and decided his time was better spent foraging for bamboo.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper II


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 26, 2011, 02:51:24 PM
Destroying trees must be teenage boy panda behavior! :lollol:  Yun Zi at San Diego Zoo has recently been moved off exhibit and given a "time-out" ;) for trying to destroy a tree in his yard.

video of him tearing the plastic off (courtesy of kenm3333)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu6-AvJITX4&feature=share


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 27, 2011, 03:12:30 AM
BOP, thanks for the video.  He was determined!   :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 29, 2011, 02:17:53 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, November 28
The weather this fall has been crazy! It’s been going back and forth between really cold and mildly warm weather and now the rain! The pandas have thoroughly enjoyed the weather since it hasn't been too warm … until now. Pandas don't mind the occasional sprinkle, but if it's steady or heavy rain they want to come in and eat their bamboo where it's dry. If it's just a light drizzle you can usually see them drag a piece of bamboo into the caves in their outdoor exhibit where they can eat and wait the rain out. But the rain has been too heavy the past couple of days, and so everyone has been inside. In the wild, cold and rain are pretty common for giant pandas and they are well adapted to handle it. But our pandas are spoiled and love their climate-controlled environment. I don't blame them – so do I!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 02, 2011, 03:48:25 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, December 2
Things will be a little different around PandaLand for the next few days. We're getting a new roof installed over the viewing hut and dayrooms. Certain precautions have been taken to avoid any unnecessary accidents/issues with our lovable pandas. Both dayroom viewing and the first outdoor habitat have been blocked off from guests and the pandas while this project is underway, because we don’t want to expose guests or the pandas to any debris from the roofing project. The pandas can be sensitive to anything out of the ordinary and we don't want them getting upset by all of the loud noise. As a result, we are only housing them inside the building and in habitats 2 and 3 (the latter of which is an off-exhibit area inaccessible to guests) during the day. We're currently rotating Xi Lan and Yang Yang between the outdoor yards while keeping Lun Lun and baby Po inside because mom can be sensitive and protective and Po doesn't shift reliably, yet.
 
Ironically, so far, big ole dad Yang Yang is the only one who seems really upset by any of this. He hates the noise! We had him in habitat 3 - as far from the building as we can get a panda - and he was pretty upset with everything going on. He's sensitive. We were able to get him to calm down eventually and he spent the afternoon resting. Hopefully tomorrow will be better!

While this project is underway, one panda can be viewed each day in habitat 2, which is the exhibit farthest from the dayrooms. We expect all of panda viewing to be open as normal by Tuesday December 6.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


Poor Yang Yang.  


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 03, 2011, 08:04:34 PM
Poor boy. :(

Here's a video from 2009 of crazy Yang in a friskier mood  :lollol:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rJ0pxqQDwx4#!

Thanks to smileybears for the video and Skipper for the link


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 04, 2011, 02:31:22 AM
Thank you, BOP.  What a great video!  I love Yang Yang...he's such a character.   :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Barbara on December 04, 2011, 04:13:45 PM
Hermit, you do such a good job at keeping the updates coming in.  Thank you for all that you do.  I don't come here every day but do keep caught up when I do.

This morning on the Today show they talked about sending a Panda to Scotland and Tian Tian's name was one that they are considering.  It was either three or four names mentioned.  Did anyone else see it?

I have just watched the vidoe, that is hilarious, thanks for the link BOP.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 04, 2011, 11:30:03 PM
This morning on the Today show they talked about sending a Panda to Scotland and Tian Tian's name was one that they are considering.  It was either three or four names mentioned.  Did anyone else see it?

nightengale has put a link to a msnbc clip about the two pandas' arrival in Scotland here:
http://www.window-on-wildlife.com/index.php?topic=8.msg26695#msg26695

Tian Tian or Sweetie is the girl and Yang Guang or Sunshine is the male. It's a different Tian Tian than National Zoo's. :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 07, 2011, 02:31:42 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, December 7
I am not scheduled all that often to work the giant panda routine, but the last few times up there has started off with a scare. For years, I have come in at 7:00 and performed a live check on the pandas first thing. During this time, we check on all the pandas to make sure they are all alive, well and accounted for. The last several times, I have come in as usual and performed the check. I initially counted only three pandas instead of four. Looking in all the corners and behind all the bamboo still did not result in locating the other panda. The smallest one as a matter of fact. Before panic could set in and the alarm could be sounded, there was only one option left. Look up! Upon looking up, I spotted Po at the top of the den's mesh, wedged in a corner, lurking in the shadows, simply staring at me. I don't know if he was trying to hide or if he just likes being on top of the world in the morning. I think it is a little of both. Once he knew he was discovered, he came right down the mesh, and assumed his ready position for his morning biscuits, where he was joined by his mom. With everyone accounted for the crisis was averted and all was well again in the giant panda building.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 12, 2011, 08:40:19 AM
Naughty Po!  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 12, 2011, 01:59:10 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, December 9
Po is growing up so quickly. He is now close to 55 lbs.  He is also learning a lot from his mom. He has decided to spend more time eating bamboo and searching for biscuits than sleeping. It is adorable to watch him sit next to Lun Lun and try to share the same piece of bamboo with her. He is also learning that when we ask him to shift inside a different area that he will be rewarded with delicious biscuits. The other morning I asked Lun Lun to shift  inside, so that I could clean up her habitat from overnight. Usually, we just work around sleepy Po panda. When I checked on him he was perfectly at rest on the top of his structure. So, I started gathering all the supplies I needed to start cleaning up. As I was beginning to enter the dayroom I noticed Po was not on top of the structure anymore but patiently waiting at the shift door to come inside. PERFECT! I was able to open the door and he shifted in for some breakfast biscuits. The rest of the day he impressed us with his motivation for biscuits and continued to shift inside almost every time we asked. Thanks Po!
Sheena
Keeper I, Carnivores


Smart boy.   :happy


Monday, December 12
I hate the cold. I've been viciously fighting off all of the winter viruses that have been circling around Atlanta lately and so far it's working (did I just jinx myself?). The pandas, however, couldn't be happier with this chilly weather! While I'm bundled up in more layers than I can count, they're outside munching on their bamboo in utter bliss at temperatures they were built for. Actually, they're built for even colder temperatures that I hope Atlanta gets to avoid this winter! But I have to admit that it's nice to be able to let all of the bears outside in the fresh air for the whole day. It's especially fun to watch Po outside for multiple days in a row, snoozing...annoying his mom...being cute...being a typical clumsy cub...snoozing some more. I also have to admit that there are certain advantages to the temperatures being low enough that all the pandas can stay outside all day. That is that we can turn off the AC in the building for a few hours, so that we can attempt to stay warm! But as always, that A/C has to come back on to keep the building a panda-comfortable 65 degrees when we leave for the night. I am definitely learning the art of layering as a panda keeper!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 14, 2011, 02:04:02 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, December 14
I collected data on Po and Lun Lun on Monday and was hoping to see something interesting to include in my update this week. No such luck. Po spent almost the entire time sleeping on the grate in the moat. As you know from previous updates, this is one of his favorite spots and was also one of Xi Lan’s favorite spots when he was a cub. Lun Lun spent her time feeding on bamboo. She continues to have a voracious appetite, which is understandable given she is nursing a 25 kg cub. Po is eating more and more bamboo and likes his biscuits a lot, but he still nurses and receives most of his calories from his mother’s milk. Lun Lun did go down into the moat to check on Po while I was watching. She nudged him and he woke up for a minute, but as soon as his mom left he curled up and went back to sleep. At least the data collection session was an accurate representation of the pandas’ behavior. They do spend most of their time eating and sleeping.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :bigsmile:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 16, 2011, 02:46:38 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, December 16
Just like Rebecca, I had hoped for some excitement during my data collection session that I could share with you in this update. And just like Rebecca, I didn’t succeed! I didn’t even see Po the entire time I was watching, so I assumed that he was in his favorite spot in the moat.  Although Lun was fairly active, I found it was more interesting to watch Yang in the off-exhibit habitat. I hadn’t looked closely at that area since we’ve started regularly putting the pandas in it and I was surprised to see how much of the naturally-growing bamboo had been consumed. Although the space isn’t as pretty as it once was, it’s nice to know that the pandas have enjoyed the bamboo that they’ve come across in that exhibit. Fortunately for them, the keepers are still able to get them fresh bamboo from the cooler, just like they can in any other enclosure at the Zoo. And for the record, Yang ate most of the time, except when he wandered over to the pool for a drink of water.   
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 19, 2011, 01:49:00 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, December 19
I am sad to say that I am leaving Zoo Atlanta to look for new adventures. I have had a wonderful experience with all of my coworkers and many memorable times with all the animals with which I have had the opportunity to work. Here is a little montage of my panda experiences. In  my first week working with giant pandas, Yang Yang was the first panda to welcome me with his amazing personality. He was given access to an inside hallway where we attached a large swing for him. The instant he saw it he spent about 20 minutes climbing and swinging on it. Lun Lun and Po were a little more distant and it took me a lot longer to get to know them. However, everyone can see that Lun Lun is a great mom and Po is a handful! I have watched little Po grow so much in the last six months. We used to watch him carry around the bamboo, not quite sure what to do with it and now he is chowing down eating whole pieces at a time. Xi Lan has made his mark in my life everyday! He is a wonderful bear. He always gives me something to laugh at and watch in amazement as he figures out how to grow up panda! I look forward to reading all the updates to come and checking up on these fantastic animals! Thanks for all of the sweet and silly memories.
Sheena
Keeper I



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 21, 2011, 01:59:35 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, December 21
So it has been quite a while since I have worked in the panda area, and the word is that Po has become great at shifting inside when we need him to. When Po was younger he was highly unreliable about shifting in, especially when he was out in habitat 1 and down in the moat. Now he will come in when we call him, but it does take him a minute or two to come. Other news about Po is that he is now starting to eat bamboo on his own, which is very cute to watch.
Katie
Mammals Keeper I



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 21, 2011, 11:19:09 PM
Thanks for the updates, hermit. :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 22, 2011, 02:40:00 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Thursday, December 22
I wanted to share some cute panda illustrations sent in from one of our panda fans. Happy Holidays to all!
Webmaster


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/Christmas_Cuddles.JPG)  (http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/Xi-Lans-Xmas-Wish.jpg) (http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/Sleepy-Santas.jpg)

A.L. Waterbury


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 23, 2011, 01:51:14 PM
(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/happyholidays_web_2011.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 24, 2011, 02:28:40 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, December 23
It's almost Christmas time! I'm so excited! I have to keep reminding myself that it's just another day to a panda, though. You can really tell that I love working with pandas when I get excited over poop. Let me backtrack here for a second. We count, weigh, and categorize panda feces on a daily basis to evaluate how well the pandas are eating (and we do the same with bamboo!). In terms of categorizing, we rate the feces on a scale of 1 to 5 based on its consistency. For example, yellowish, woody looking feces are rated as a 1; those are made up of culm material. Feces rated as a 2 are green like avocados and contain mostly leafy material. Pandas generally eat either the bamboo culm or the leaves in one sitting, and so it makes sense that the pandas' feces would be grouped similarly. For Po, we find little brown baby panda feces that come from all the milk he consumes. They are smelly, and look a lot like dog feces (too much info? Haha!). But since our little guy is starting to eat more bamboo leaves, we've started seeing little Po-sized 2's!! I know this might not be cute to many people other than the staff who works with pandas, but I can't get over how adorable it is that Po is acting more and more like an adult panda every day!! He's growing up so fast!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on December 24, 2011, 04:11:30 AM
Thanks for the updates, hermit - and for bringing the holiday panda greetings here! 

I certainly am learning lots of interesting information about pandas!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on December 25, 2011, 09:45:39 PM
Oh aren't those Panda Greetings cute! ... thank you hermit!!!!!

Just wanted to wish everyone over here a Merry Christmas before the day was through :bigsmile:
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIFS/ChristmasDancingSantaandreinder.gif)



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 29, 2011, 02:32:55 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, December 28
The pandas are doing well and sure do appreciate it finally becoming colder. In the dayrooms we gave the pandas Christmas trees to enjoy, and it was pretty humorous to watch. Kenn and I managed to hang two pieces of a Christmas tree from the structure in Dayroom 2 for Xi Lan yesterday morning. I was hoping that he would destroy them in his turbo destructive way. We let him into the dayroom and he walked really close to one and then never went near them again. That is until the afternoon when he finally noticed them. He was climbing to the very top of the structure and grabbing the tree and then trying to hang from it. When I went in to clean up for the evening, I had to completely take the tree down so I could hang it correctly. He had wound the chain three times around the structure. Silly boy! I am glad he had a great time with his Christmas tree. Happy Holidays!
Sheena
Keeper I, Giant Panda


:happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 30, 2011, 02:06:05 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, December 30
We offer the giant pandas a variety of enrichment to keep their days interesting. One such type of enrichment is frozen produce - usually a frozen apple, banana or sweet potato. Po has gotten little pieces of frozen banana before, but this time we decided to give him a good chunk of a frozen banana. He spent over 30 minutes in the moat of habitat 1 (his favorite place out there) alternating which paw was holding the cold treat as he sucked on the yumminess inside. He teeth aren't big enough and his bite strength not strong enough to chomp down on the frozen fruit like his parents and big brother. So, he just resorted to the baby panda way of eating and sucked on it until he consumed it all! Too cute.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 31, 2011, 09:39:07 AM
Thanks, hermit.

It looks like there is now a panda cam at the Edinburgh Zoo! :D
Watch here:
http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/pandacam.html


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 31, 2011, 01:54:19 PM
Thank you, BOP.   :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 06, 2012, 02:00:05 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, January 6
Po started eating bamboo leaves recently and just like Xi Lan at this age, he is a big eater! Also like Xi Lan, he likes to eat a couple of leafeater biscuits and then eat a couple of mouthfuls of bamboo. Although Po likes biscuits with his bamboo, he will eat bamboo without them as well. I would estimate that Po is consuming the leaves from 3-4 pieces of bamboo each day. As a result of all of this eating, we are also finding more feces from Po as well. We are finding 4-6 piles of Po feces per day (compare this with ~ 30 piles per day from Yang Yang). Po’s most current weight is 25.8 kg.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper II


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 09, 2012, 01:44:49 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, January 9
Today started off just like any other day. I had to look everywhere to find Po in the morning. I located him high on the mesh, next to the ceiling once again. He was just hanging there looking at me. Once I knew he was alive and well, I went to check on the other pandas. I then continued with my normal day, a little ahead of schedule I might add.  I set up the yards with bamboo and began shifting the pandas on exhibit. Yang Yang shifted out like a rock star, as did Lun Lun. Po on the other hand was completely holding up the show, as he decided to dawdle around in holding awhile.  When he was done dawdling, he decided to climb the mesh again. When this bored him, he came down, but went right back up the climbing structure we have in holding. From this vantage point, all he would do was sit and stare at me.  When this happened, I decided to go ahead with my day and just check back on him. I assumed he would become bored just sitting on top of the log, now that his entertainment was in the other hallway. I was wrong. It took another 30 minutes before he slid down and slowly made his way to the shift door leading into the habitat. I thought for sure I had him there, but alas, I was wrong again.  He made a detour and headed down another hallway, only to sit at the wrong end, once again staring at me. I wasn't going to wait him out this time.  Enough time had been wasted this morning already. I went outside with some biscuits and called him out. It took about five minutes, but he finally emerged into the daylight. I gave him his reward for shifting, but had to race back inside to shut the door to prevent a reverse shift. With this completed, I was finally able to shift Xi Lan on exhibit, who had been waiting patiently for his little brother to "clear the runway,” so to speak. Long story short, it’s not fun for me when what should be 5 minutes of shifting actually takes around 45 minutes. But maybe it’s fun for Po.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 09, 2012, 02:44:51 PM
That naughty Po needs a time-out! :nono1:

Po sleeps innocently  :whistle: on the structure while Lun Lun paces about.

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/lunandpo.jpg)-(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/zajan9.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 09, 2012, 03:49:33 PM
another sleepyhead :sleeping: at San Diego Zoo. It might be Bai Yun but I'm not sure. They have a new HD cam. :)

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/sdzjan9.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 09, 2012, 03:55:04 PM
Bamboo time at SDZ. This new cam is great. :thumbsup1:

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/bambooatsdz.jpg)

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/sdzjan.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 10, 2012, 02:16:44 PM
BOP, thanks for the captures, and for mentioning that San Diego has a new cam.   :bigsmile:  I've been watching, and it's such an improvement!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 11, 2012, 01:57:43 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, January 11
Due to all the fun happenings around the Zoo that have kept everyone busy, it has been a while since I’ve taken a day off from the meat-eating carnivores to come and work with these cute black and white fur balls. It couldn’t have ended up as a better day. We started out very busy and pretty behind schedule due to some preparations for future tree work around the red panda exhibit, but, as is not always the case, the pandas could not have been more accommodating to our slight change of schedule. Everyone was a dream this morning – or I should say spent the morning in dreamland. They loved their henon and yellow groove bamboo and after feasting to their hearts’ content, it was time to nap – and nap they did. Thank goodness! It gave us all the time we needed to catch up and then have a relaxing lunch. For those of you familiar with our updates and our routines, you know that sometimes all the pandas want to do is eat, and then eat some more, sometimes making us run around quite a bit. But not today.  I made sure to give everyone a big thank you at the end of the day. I’m sure they didn’t care, but I thought it was deserved.

One last fun note. I knew that Xi Lan was becoming more and more like his dad from what I’ve seen in the past and what my fellow keepers have shared with me, but he definitely showed it tonight and put a big smile on my face. Nothing ends the day better than seeing a big happy panda rubbing on the mesh and grabbing at his paw in excitement while he flips around on his climbing structure, demanding attention and laughs from everyone around. He is such a goofball like his dad!
Jenny
Keeper III, Carnivores


 :love:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 13, 2012, 02:06:40 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, January 13
I had the pleasure of collecting data on Lun Lun and Po earlier this week during a big play session. One of my favorite parts of my job is watching mothers play with their young. If you are a frequent panda cam watcher, you are familiar with panda play sessions. But you are missing one of the best parts, which is this cute and funny blowing noise that cubs make when they are excited. It’s basically just heavy breathing through the nose, but everything is cuter when a panda does it. They sound like little steam engines chugging around. Po was doing a lot of it while playing with his mom and it’s a sound that always makes me smile.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 16, 2012, 10:07:33 PM
I would love to hear Po chugging like a steam engine!  :love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=uidOGVcBX88
video of Gao Gao enjoying his "birthday cake" yesterday (Jan. 15 was his arrival date at San Diego Zoo in 2003)
(video by ryoko123panda, link thanks to Skipper)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 17, 2012, 02:35:02 AM
Thank you, BOP.  It's nice to see Gao Gao enjoying his treats.   :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 17, 2012, 02:27:41 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, January 16
For us regular folk, the weather in Atlanta these days is kind of cold and dreary. For a panda, however, it is great weather. All the pandas are outside today enjoying this great panda weather. It is cold, but not too cold. In addition to cold, it has been rather cloudy. This works to the pandas advantage in several aspects. Their thick coats make them feel rather comfortable when the mercury dips down low, and with it being cloudy, their bamboo doesn't dry out, allowing them to enjoy it for a longer period of time. The keepers really like the latter aspect. That being said, all the pandas have been very well behaved today. As I write this, they are all snoozing their day away. Yang Yang is actually sleeping flat on his back, completely spread eagle. I have worked with these guys for ten years now, and have never seen this before. The other pandas are in their usual sleeping  positions and postures. Xi Lan out in the middle of everything,  Lun Lun on the climbing structure and Po is of course on his favorite storm drain cover. There must be something to that spot, as it has been a favorite spot of all three of our cubs. To each his own, I guess. 
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 18, 2012, 03:17:18 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, January 18
Po is becoming such a big boy! His latest weight is 26.6 kg. This week we have removed the step that Po has been using to access the drinker in one of the dayrooms. We have seen him drinking from that drinker without using the step several times lately. Overnight, he and Lun Lun have been playing with the step, so it is starting to get a little frayed. Although I am sure it is a fun toy for them, we would like to keep it in good condition for the next cub. Yang Yang and Xi Lan destroyed our original step last year, so this one is fairly new and still in good shape (Xi Lan started it, Yang Yang finished it). So, we will put it away in storage until we need it again. Ah, they grow up so quickly!
Heather
Carnivore Keeper II


 :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 20, 2012, 02:37:31 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, January 20
These updates typically focus on the giant pandas, but I thought I’d give a short update on Shandy, our red panda. Lately we’ve stepped up our training with Shandy. Unlike the giant pandas, Shandy is fairly reluctant to train, particularly when she’s not familiar with the trainer (the giant pandas will pretty much train for anyone!). But Shandy does know a few behaviors that help us care for her, such as sitting on a scale to be weighed. Because Shandy has a physical coming up, we’ve begun to focus on crate training. She does know how to enter her crate, but she’s not that reliable right now. Our goal is to get her to reliably enter her crate and remain calm when she’s in there. This will allow us to safely transport her to the veterinary clinic for her exam. Crating is a very important behavior that can come in handy in other situations, too.  For example, if we need to do some exhibit work, Shandy would likely be more comfortable if she wasn’t in the exhibit during that time. By training her to reliably crate, we could move her to an area away from the commotion, where she could relax until the work is completed. Shandy can be a challenging animal to train, but her primary keepers have great relationships with her. And they also have raisins, Shandy’s favorite treat!       
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals



(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/red_panda_thumbnail2.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 23, 2012, 02:20:08 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, January 23
Yucky weather! That's been my thought lately. Although I know we need this rain, I am not a fan of muddy pandas (and the muddy mess they make on my nice, clean floors!). That being said, everyone has gotten to spend the last couple of days inside. I don't think they mind, really. The boys (Yang Yang & Xi Lan) love getting attention so they actually enjoy being off exhibit in the dens because they get to see and interact with us more. Lun Lun doesn't seem to care, as long as she has her bamboo she's happy anywhere! I can't wait for the sun to come out and the yards to dry up a bit, though! All of this muggy/cloudy weather means our building never completely dries after cleaning. But again, I think the only ones who notice/care are us keepers.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_120119_po_ZA_5913.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 23, 2012, 10:39:03 PM
Thanks hermit. The red panda Shandy sure looks cute.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 25, 2012, 02:54:17 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, January 25
It's that time of the year! Vaccines! Little Po is getting geared up (actually, he isn't doing anything, but we're the ones getting geared up) to receive his vaccines next week. We'll also do a quick physical just to make sure he's doing just fine and keep a close eye on him afterwards to make sure he doesn't have an adverse reaction to the vaccines.  In order to receive his vaccines and physical, we'll have to manually restrain him for a few minutes. For the adult pandas, we're able to give vaccines voluntarily by asking the pandas to present their shoulders. This is something they have been trained to do and are really comfortable doing. Obviously little Po isn't trained to present his shoulder, yet. We're still working on mastering shifting on and off exhibit on command! So we'll have to hold him. That may sound like an easy task, but he weighs over 27 kg and so it's not as easy as one might think! Po may look small, but he's very strong for his size. I expect all will go smoothly and after it’s over we will shower him with treats. Because let’s face it - who likes getting shots?!
Jen
Keeper I, Mammals


Poor Po.  He won't like that.   :nope:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 25, 2012, 09:33:04 PM
Poor Po.  He won't like that.   :nope:

No he won't!  :eek:  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 26, 2012, 08:06:53 AM
Here are some cute photos of Mei Lan at Chengdu:

http://www.giantpandazoo.com/panda/http:/www.giantpandazoo.com/panda-zoo-news/ni-hao-mei-lan

 :love: :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 27, 2012, 02:21:26 PM
Thank you, BOP.   :bigsmile:  I still miss Mei Lan, and it's wonderful to see some new pictures.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 27, 2012, 02:21:51 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, January 27
Hi everyone! I'm Shauna the new panda keeper in the mammals department. I'm new to Georgia and have not taken care of giant pandas before, so this will be a great learning experience for me. Giant pandas require more care and attention than any other animals I've cared for before, but I'm learning and I'm catching on to the routine. I'm excited to learn about all of their individual personalities, their likes, and their dislikes the more I work with them.
Shauna
Keeper I, Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 30, 2012, 01:51:09 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, January 30
Well, it seems that we are finally getting a couple of nice sunny days at the Zoo and so our pandas are able to be outside, unlike the last couple of days where it has rained or we have had thunderstorms. Yesterday, we had Yang Yang and Xi Lan out all day and they quite enjoyed themselves. They destroyed their bamboo, which is good for us, because that means that they like it, and they slept a lot, too, which is typical panda behavior. I hope that we continue to have this beautiful weather not just for the pandas, but for the rest of our animals too. Oh and for the keepers; we love it when it is nice and sunny!
Katie
Mammal Keeper I



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 02, 2012, 01:59:17 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, February 1
I don't know what is going on with the weather this winter, but I am not complaining. It has been unseasonably warm for January and now February. It is a perfect temperature for both giant pandas and keepers alike. We were able to get everyone outside today to enjoy the nice weather. Lun Lun got to spread her bamboo all over the exhibit and fall asleep on the climbing structure. Yang Yang enjoyed munching on all the bamboo we gave him and then sacked out on his favorite log. Xi Lan was as content as he could be in the off-exhibit area. The pandas have pretty much eaten all the bamboo that is growing in that yard, so we had to provide him with an ample supply. Po, as usual, played with mom for a while, ate a little bamboo, and then assumed his position over his favorite storm grate. That is, until it started to rain at about 3:00. That's when everyone decided that they preferred in the indoor dayrooms. Oh well. I guess good things can't last forever. 

For those of you curious about Po's weight. He has just surpassed the 60-pound mark. They grow up so fast.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


 :happy



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 02, 2012, 06:53:12 PM
60 pounds already - wow!  :8)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 03, 2012, 02:09:18 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, February 3
For our previous cubs, Mei Lan and Xi Lan, February was when we started the weaning process because they were nearing 18 months of age, which is the species-typical age for giant panda weaning. That’s not the plan for Po. He was born unusually late in the year for a giant panda (November 2010), and so he will not be 18 months old until May. If we started the weaning process in May, it would be too late to expect Lun Lun to cycle in spring, which is the normal giant panda breeding season. Giant pandas do occasionally breed outside of spring, but it’s not the norm for the species and we would prefer for Lun Lun to stick to the normal schedule. So, we are not planning do anything to wean Po this year. Giant panda cubs in the wild sometimes stay with their mothers for up to 2.5 years. Our plan is for Po to have this extra time with his mom. We won’t start the weaning process until January or February 2013. However, Lun Lun might have a different plan. She might decide to wean Po this year on her own. That’s okay and we’ll let her make that choice. It will provide a nice case study for us to document that weaning process. We are prepared for whichever scenario Lun Lun chooses and it will be interesting to see what happens. I am happy for Po that he gets some extra time with his mom. I hope you will be happy for him too and won’t be too disappointed if we don’t have another cub until late summer or early fall of 2013.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


I'm not disappointed, I'm happy for Po.   :love:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 03, 2012, 08:37:19 PM
Same here! I'm glad Po and Lun Lun will be able to make their own decision about when to wean.  :love: Knowing Po, I'm sure he'll take his own sweet time!  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 06, 2012, 02:24:03 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, February 6
Hello All! For those of you anxiously awaiting word about how Po's vaccinations went, here it is! Everything went well! We did not even need to restrain him. He was sitting on a climbing structure in his den with his hip (which is where the vet gave the injections) right up against the mesh. So, we distracted him with some biscuits while the vet injected him. He didn't even flinch! Afterwards we rewarded him with plenty of biscuits. Though, like a young child after injections, he went to the corner and pouted a little bit. But no worries, minutes later he was up and back to being normal Po!
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 09, 2012, 02:49:27 PM

From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, February 8
Normally these updates are about the giant pandas, but I wanted to give a quick shout-out to Shandy our red panda.  She's pretty awesome! As Megan mentioned awhile back, we've been working hard on getting her comfortable coming into a crate and staying relaxed for when she will go to the vet clinic to get her physical exam. It's the breeding season for red pandas and, although Shandy is not recommended for breeding, she still experiences the behavioral changes and so she's super active. We use this opportunity to train with her as much as possible since it's the time of year when she's most willing to participate with training (the rest of the year she's a little more lazy). Well she has been a training rockstar!  You should definitely come by and see her in the mornings because she's a walking machine!  She's been busy every morning inspecting every nook and cranny of her exhibit (territory) to make sure it's 'all in order'. Marvin the muntjac (her roommate) is a little unnerved with her sudden bout of activity, but he's getting used to seeing her on the ground at his level. Thankfully they still get along!
 
On the giant panda side of things, we're gearing up to change out the mulch in both dayrooms. The mulch is a couple of feet thick so it'll be a fun adventure shoveling everything out and putting fresh mulch in, but the dayrooms will look and smell so nice afterwards! Plus, talk about enrichment for the giant pandas! So many new smells!  We'll also be working on replacing some of the logs that make up the climbing structure in Dayroom 2 (the teepee structure) that are starting to show some wear and tear. You'll also notice some new enrichment additions to that structure within the next couple of months, with any luck!
Jen
Keeper I, Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 13, 2012, 02:24:24 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, February 13
For the first day in months Lun Lun and Po had access to Habitat 2. We were worried that little Po might get scared going through the tunnel that leads to the habitat because he has never gone through it, but Po went through like it was nothing new. They both seemed really excited to be in this habitat. They explored the entire exhibit for hours in between bouts of snacking on bamboo. There were so many new scents and new places to climb and explore. I frequently checked on them, and almost every time I did, Po was exploring a different area. But, as pandas frequently do, it was finally time for a nap and of course Po found the drain in the moat as he does in Habitat 1. When it was time to come in at night, they both came right in. Po is really starting to get good at shifting in at night.
Shauna
Keeper I, Mammals


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 13, 2012, 08:28:46 PM
Way to go, Po!  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 17, 2012, 02:29:07 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, February 17
As we have mentioned in previous updates, Yang Yang, Lun Lun, and Xi Lan are all trained for voluntary blood draw. It is very valuable to be able to collect blood from the giant pandas voluntarily for a few reasons. The most important being that if an animal shows signs of illness one of the most useful initial diagnostic steps is to collect a blood sample and test it. Often this can help the veterinarians determine the cause of the illness and develop a treatment plan. Because the giant pandas are trained for blood collection, we don’t have to anesthetize them to collect blood. That means we don’t have to put them through the stress and risk of anesthesia, particularly when they are already ill.

Fortunately, our giant pandas are very healthy. But we still collect blood samples from them regularly for one of the studies in our research program. The purpose of this study is to establish reference ranges for essential vitamins and minerals (i.e., vitamins A, E, and D as well as trace minerals). These essential vitamins and minerals affect the physiological state of the individual when the levels are above or below the optimal range. Currently, the optimal range is unknown for giant pandas and that is what we are trying to determine.

Lun Lun and Xi Lan had blood samples collected yesterday and Yang Yang will have a sample collected today. They all participate in this willingly for a reward of biscuits and produce. The collection takes place in the panda’s indoor den and he/she can refuse to participate or can choose to leave the training area at any time. The only consequence for not participating is that he/she doesn’t receive the food reward during that session. But he/she will still receive that food sometime later in the day. It is extremely rare for the giant pandas to refuse a training session or choose to leave during one. They enjoy the interaction with their keepers and the food they receive and, if having some blood drawn is part of that, they don’t seem to mind. When Po is a little older, he will also be trained for voluntary blood draw.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 20, 2012, 03:12:11 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, February 20
I'm constantly reminded of just how big Po is getting on a daily basis. Let me explain: one way to get  to Dayroom 2 if you're a panda is to walk through our training cage run. This is simply a tunnel that all of the pandas go through to get from Den 4 to Dayroom 2. This run contains the mobile training cage that we use for training for various veterinary procedures. Po doesn't go this route as often as his big brother and dad do. So we take advantage of any opportunity to get Po used to walking through the training cage as a prep for when he will get trained to remain stationary within it for certain procedures. So we were shifting Lun Lun and Po through this run the other day.  It's a lot of fun to play around and sniff everything if you're a cub, but after a lot of coaxing, he shifted all the way into dayroom.

As a reward, we offered him a couple of red leafeater biscuits at the keeper access panel on the door that goes into the dayroom (if you're a human). I was a little taken aback when all of a sudden Po's face just appeared at the mesh, ready for his treats. It wasn't that long ago when his front paws could barely reach the keeper panel when he was standing on tip-toe! I also remember when he was small enough that he was able to shimmy his way under the training cage instead of walking through it. Thankfully he doesn't try to do that anymore because he simply couldn't fit!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 21, 2012, 02:45:03 PM
Here's something interesting about pandas from Pandas Live On. An infra-red camera in China captured a wild panda eating a wildebeest. ...So maybe pandas are not just vegetarian bamboo-eaters after all!  :eek:

http://www.pandasliveon.com/


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 22, 2012, 02:13:47 AM
Thanks, BOP.  Surprising!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on February 25, 2012, 04:58:13 PM
WOW BOP :shock: ... that IS surprising!

Thanks hermit for all of the updates :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 26, 2012, 02:41:08 AM
You're welcome, Chris.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on February 26, 2012, 07:30:37 AM
On the topic of pandas being carnivores ... I was discussing it with Andrew .... he told me ... of course pandas will eat meat ... they're bears Mom!  :rolleyes2: :lollol: ... These kids ... they pay attention to things more than you think :nod2: I did a bit of research and found articles on the topic ....
http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/zoology/mammals/panda-hibernation1.htm

... and from WWF ....
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/nightengale%20III/PandasWWF.jpg)
... found at... http://www.wwfchina.org/english/sub_loca.php?loca=61&sub=16#3

... and a BBC article and video (excellent!) that maintains that although pandas have a carnivore digestive system, they usually do not hunt prey in the wild ....http://gardenofeaden.blogspot.com/2011/07/what-do-pandas-eat.html


... guess they CAN eat meat... but usually don't ... interesting :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on February 26, 2012, 09:25:24 AM
Thanks for the research, Chris.

Yes, Andrew is wise beyond his years!
  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 27, 2012, 02:51:41 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, February 27
Sunday was an entertaining day to be a panda keeper. All the pandas received boxes which were painted by a group from our overnight education program, NightCrawlers. The boxes, which are used as enrichment, contained some leafeater biscuits. Enrichment is a way for us to provide our animals with something new to do. It encourages the animals to problem solve to figure out what this new thing is. And it stimulates them to use all their senses as well. Each panda reacted differently to his/her box. Yang Yang tore right into the box and gobbled up his biscuits, spending only a couple minutes exploring the box before going to his bamboo. Xi Lan stuck his head in the top and it came out the bottom as he was scooping up his biscuits. He spent a couple minutes doing that, then he went to his bamboo, but occasionally returned to his box. Lun Lun knocked hers over and tried to eat as many biscuits as she could before Po could get to them. She spent only enough time to search for her biscuits before going for her bamboo.

Po was a different story. He first tried to find the biscuits that Lun Lun missed. He then explored these strange new additions to his exhibit by smelling them. After deciding that they weren't a threat, he realized that boxes make fantastic toys! He pounced on them and ripped them apart. He also tried as hard as he could to carry the boxes to the top of his climbing structure all to no avail. Every time he tried, he would drop it, so he'd climb back down and try again. After a while, he got frustrated and would rip pieces off. It was all great fun which lasted a couple of hours. After all that excitement was over and he filled his belly with bamboo, he fell asleep atop his structure.
Shauna
Keeper 1, Mammals


 :love:

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/zooatlanta_xilan_headinbox.jpg)



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 27, 2012, 02:54:00 PM
Chris, thank you for the panda information.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 28, 2012, 02:18:13 PM
Today there is something new in the dayroom, and I can't figure out what it is.   :puzzled2:  It's a low square platform, and Lun Lun and Po seem to find it interesting.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 02, 2012, 02:10:03 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, March 2
Yesterday, Xi Lan received his first physical exam under anesthesia. Xi Lan allowed the veterinarian to inject the immobilization drug into his hip and he calmly and quickly fell asleep. I have been working with Xi Lan to allow voluntary injections for the past few weeks, so I was very pleased that it went so well. The difficult part about training pandas for this behavior is that on the day of the actual injection, they cannot have any food before the anesthesia (sometimes the anesthesia can cause nausea so it is best to not have food in the stomach). That means they have to cooperate without a treat! I was so proud of Xi Lan for presenting his hip and holding still for the injection without getting a food reward. His physical went very smoothly and he is a healthy panda.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 02, 2012, 10:30:35 PM
good boy, Xi Lan :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on March 03, 2012, 09:25:07 AM
Great news!  :bigsmile: :thumbsup1: Thanks for the update hermit  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 03, 2012, 07:19:32 PM
Here's a cute video from Doxiemom19 of Gao Gao at San Diego Zoo - playing in a tub of wood shavings!  :love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myPESGEcMOQ&feature=g-u&context=G26bb269FUAAAAAAABAA


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 04, 2012, 02:14:48 AM
That was adorable!  Thanks, BOP.   :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 06, 2012, 02:13:25 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, March 5
Po has just shot up in weight recently. He is just under 70 lbs., and I suspect that at the rate he's been growing lately, it won't take that long to reach and exceed that 70 lb. mark. Just to give you an idea of how much he's grown, when I first started in January, he was just about 55 lbs. He devours his allotment of red leafeater biscuits, and even tries to steal some from his mom. Any time he can sneak an apple away from Lun Lun, he does. He's also been gobbling up bamboo like crazy. He also still nurses every once in a while. It's amazing how he can put all that food in his little belly.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 06, 2012, 08:48:03 PM
Little Piglet Po!  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 07, 2012, 02:11:02 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, March 7
You might have noticed a new addition to one of our dayrooms! A big, strange retangular-looking-thing? Yep! That thing! It's called a Chillspot and it was donated to us (and hopefully other animals areas!) for our pandas to - you guessed it - chill out! There are four compartments within the outer casing that can hold two ice packs each (filled with harmless saltwater). It's anchored into the ground and has a latch that prevents the pandas from getting to the ice packs (or destroying the whole thing because that's standard procedure for Xi Lan). It's in the trial phase currently but everything seems to be going well. We intend to use these outside this summer to give the pandas yet another option to cool off on those warm summer days. In the past we've given big ice blocks but those melt quicker than this thing will. So far the pandas definitely seem to enjoy it! We even saw little Po sprawled across it, cooling off his cute little belly. He usually won't go near anything new until after he's watched his mom inspect it and he deems it safe to approach. He's such a baby.

On a side note, Po has recently discovered that brown packing paper is quite possibly the coolest thing to play with. He was barreling around the dayroom, up and down the structure, dragging a big, long piece of it. Silly panda.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_lunlun_chillspot_ZA_6831.jpg)

I wondered what that was.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on March 08, 2012, 07:58:56 PM
Adorable video BOP ... thanks for posting the link  :bigsmile:

hermit ... very cute picture! ... thank you for your continued daily updates :nod2:

This is a Joel Sartore portrait from Zoo Atlanta. He is a National Geographic Photographer working on a Biodiversity Project to call attention to the world's endangered species .... see post on the Chat Thread:

http://www.window-on-wildlife.com/index.php?topic=15.2910#lastPost

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/nightengale%20III/PandaSartore030812ZAtlanta.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 09, 2012, 02:36:36 AM
What a wonderful project, and the pictures are beautiful!  Thanks, Chris.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 12, 2012, 01:06:11 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, March 12
I'm not sure about you guys, but before I started working with pandas, I had no idea how picky they were. One day they like a species of bamboo, the next day they don’t. They like bamboo harvested from location A and dislike the same species of bamboo harvested from location B.  They like a couple pieces from one bundle, but not the rest. The bamboo looks perfect to us keepers, nice and green and full of leaves. Clearly, they sense something that we cannot. That is why we offer them multiple species of bamboo each day. Another thing Lun Lun is picky about are her apples. She does not like green apples. Maybe they are too tart for her? And just the other day we opened up a new bag of leafeater biscuits and Po would not touch them. He usually tries to steal some from Lun, but not this bag. Even Xi Lan hesitated before he ate the biscuits. Picky, picky pandas.
Shauna
Keeper I, Mammals


 :lollol:  :love:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 12, 2012, 11:19:51 PM
Hermit - pandas must be harder to feed than a picky toddler  :mhihi:

Chris - fabulous panda portrait :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 13, 2012, 01:22:41 AM
I love the panda portrait, too, and it's an Atlanta panda!  In the slideshow, it said, A giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) at Zoo Atlanta.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 13, 2012, 06:51:01 AM
 :thumbsup1:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 14, 2012, 01:18:37 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, March 14
When I collected data on Monday I saw Po nurse. I rarely see nursing during data collection these days, because Po only nurses once or twice during the day. His nursing bouts are usually 15-20 minutes long and don’t occur at the same time each day. Prior to this bout, Po was sleeping on the grate in the moat (of course) and Lun Lun was eating bamboo. She stopped eating, then walked around the habitat bleating for several minutes. That didn’t rouse Po, and so she went into the moat and nuzzled him. That woke him up, but he was still slow to follow her. After a few more minutes of walking and bleating by Lun Lun, he came out of the moat, followed Lun Lun, and then she sat down and nursed him. After nursing, Po went back to sleep and Lun Lun went back to eating.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :love:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 16, 2012, 01:19:24 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, March 16
With the weather getting warmer, we have to start making some adjustments to the pandas' routine. Pandas love the cold, and they cannot handle very warm temperatures. They have thick, wooly fur to protect them from the cold, but having all that fur in the summer isn’t helpful. In order to keep our pandas cool we've done a few things differently. We've filled the pools in the outdoor yards in order to give them the opportunity to cool themselves off with a nice dip in the pool. We've also moved the Chillspot mentioned in an earlier post to one of the outdoor habitats where it will be of better use than in the dayrooms. We also, depending on the temperature, will give them access to an indoor area to get some relief from this early start to spring.
 
On a completely different note, Happy Birthday Dad!
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 19, 2012, 01:45:22 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, March 19
If you've been able to visit the Zoo or caught the sight on PandaCam, you might have noticed a new (and to Po, annoying) addition to the storm drain grates in the outdoor habitat moats. Po, as well as every other cub born here, loves these grates and likes to spend practically his entire day outside laying on top of them. We think the cubs like the sounds, smells, and drafts associated with the drains. To try and dissuade him from spending the long hours in one spot, I have cleverly placed several branches on top of the grates. Upon noticing the invaders for the first time in Habitat 2, Po spent about 5 minutes trying to push the heavy branch off. When that didn't work he tried to see how much of his 70+ pound body he could squeeze in the 5 inch gap between the branch and grate. When he gave up on that pointless endeavor, he started ripping off pieces of the bark and walking off camera with them. What he did with those pieces I'll never know, but I couldn't help but giggle at his determination. He eventually gave up after ripping a few pieces of the bark off and did exactly what I had wanted him to do all along - fall asleep on the structures we built for the pandas where he is easily visible to the public, not tucked away in some obscure corner.
 
However, later on in the day, much to my dismay, I found the little tyke passed out on the grate. Actually, only his rear end was on the grate as that was the only part he could fit on it. Oh well, back to the drawing board!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :mhihi:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 21, 2012, 08:06:59 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:
However, later on in the day, much to my dismay, I found the little tyke passed out on the grate. Actually, only his rear end was on the grate as that was the only part he could fit on it. Oh well, back to the drawing board!

stubborn little fellow!  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 21, 2012, 09:18:21 AM
a tired panda at San Diego Zoo
(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/sdzmar212012.jpg)

...with good reason! The blog reports that Bai Yun and Gao Gao had 5 attempts at mating on Sunday - and 3 of them were successful!  :mhihi: They hint that further activity may have occurred on Monday. :whistle: Here's hoping for a new cubbie this year. :love:

http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2012/03/20/sunday-persistence-pays-off/


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 21, 2012, 09:26:20 AM
enjoying bamboo at Zoo Atlanta

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/bambooatza.jpg)

I believe this is Po. There is another panda (Lun?) at the other end of the bamboo eating on the very left, just out of cam range.



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 21, 2012, 02:04:19 PM
BOP, thanks for the capture, and the San Diego news.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 21, 2012, 02:04:47 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, March 21
Hello everyone! My name is Ryan and I have just been trained to work in the panda area. I am currently a carnivore keeper working primarily with the meat-eating carnivores (e.g., the lions, tigers, etc.). Today was my first day preparing the exhibits and shifting the pandas onto exhibit on my own. Thankfully everyone cooperated and everything went smoothly. It being my first time back in the area in two weeks since I was first trained, it took me a minute to distinguish Xi Lan from Yang Yang. But as soon as I saw the Mickey Mouse ears I knew it was Yang.
Ryan
Keeper II


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 21, 2012, 09:04:21 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:
Today was my first day preparing the exhibits and shifting the pandas onto exhibit on my own. Thankfully everyone cooperated and everything went smoothly.
Ryan
Keeper II

Ha! Po must have been holding back today. ;) Wait till he shows Ryan how much mischief he can make!  :lollol:

sdrose24 has made a video of Bai Yun and Gao Gao working on making a new cubbie  :8) >:D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMz1ozPWF0Q
WARNING! x-rated  :whistle:

Poor Gao has to be a bit of an acrobat - I guess he weighs only 163 pounds and Bai weighs 231 :eek:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 22, 2012, 01:18:21 AM
Thank you, BOP.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on March 22, 2012, 10:19:18 PM
Wooooo ....... that was interesting to watch!!  I was thinking the same thing BOP - he's quite a bit smaller than her!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 24, 2012, 01:24:18 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, March 23
We have recently started offering Po sweet potato along with his biscuits. Initially, he refused to take the sweet potato. Then he took it from us, but spit it out. So, we started smearing a little banana on the sweet potato. This tricked him for a few feedings, but then he started sucking the banana off of the sweet potato and spitting it back out again. Just today he actually consumed a few pieces of the sweet potato without banana. Time will tell whether he will take after his mother and dislike sweet potato permanently.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


 :mhihi:   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 26, 2012, 02:44:14 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, March 26
So I've been working here a few months and have started noticing differences in the personalities of the giant pandas. Yang Yang, for example, seems to enjoy interacting with his keepers. He also seems to love the training sessions as it combines two of his favorite things, interacting with the keepers and eating his biscuits. As with all the animals here, we use positive reinforcement in order to train all the behaviors. When the animal does the behavior we ask, he/she gets a reward and in the case of the giant pandas the reward is his/her biscuits. Also, when eating bamboo and biscuits for that matter, Yang eats slowly and calmly.

Lun Lun is a different story. She is all about food, she still has to feed Po after all. She tears through her bamboo, trying to consume it as quickly as possible. And she seems like she is never full, like a bottomless pit. She isn't as interested in keeper interaction, unless it involves biscuits. When training, she wants us to go quickly so she can get her biscuits quickly. If we don't go fast enough, she'll just walk away.

Xi Lan seems to love the keeper interaction regardless of whether there is food involved. He's very playful and tries to get us to play with him by calling to us using a bleat vocalization which sounds similar to the bleat of a goat or sheep. He seems to love his toys as I always see him playing with them at least once a day. He isn't as good at training as his parents, yet, but he is still young. He's like his dad when he eats bamboo, slow and calm. Po is not interested in keeper interaction, unless of course, we have biscuits. He will come up to us to see if we have anything for him and if we don't he will just walk away. He's too young for more complex training; we are still working on mastering "shift" with him. When eating bamboo, he will try to pull a piece to the top of the structure if he is in one of the dayrooms. He is not quite strong enough to break the large pieces like the adults do. So, he sticks with the leaves and the small stems. As one might imagine, he loves to play, usually when Lun is trying to sleep.
 
On an unrelated note, Happy Birthday to my younger brother!
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 28, 2012, 01:08:30 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, March 28
On Monday when I was watching Lun Lun and Po for data collection, I thought I was going to get lucky and see a play session. Po woke up from a nap and followed his mom around for awhile swiping and biting at her back legs to try to entice her to play. She stopped a few times to interact with him briefly, but her focus was clearly on food. As soon as the keepers gave her some fresh bamboo, she settled down to eat and easily fended off Po’s play invitations. Po then had to make do with his toys. First, he tackled his weeble a few times. This is a weighted cylinder, which rocks back and forth but cannot be knocked over. We have a really big one that Yang Yang likes very much and we have a small one that is just right for Po. It’s not as good as playing with mom, but at least it sort of “fights back”. Next Po played with his ball. He chased it, hugged it, and reclined on his back holding it with all four paws. After all that play, he found a tasty piece of bamboo, which he carried onto the climbing structure to eat.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 31, 2012, 01:25:31 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, March 30
On Wednesday, I was collecting data on Po. About half-way through my session, Lun Lun and Po started playing. They had a really long play bout (over half an hour) and I enjoyed getting to watch them. Lun Lun especially was extremely wound up – chasing Po and even doing a few of somersaults and flinging a ball around. It is rare to see Lun Lun that playful. She is so busy eating to keep up her energy to be able to take care of Po, she does not take much time to enjoy herself. It makes me feel good when she is sated enough to expend a little energy playing.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper III


 :lollol:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 31, 2012, 07:29:24 AM
 :bigsmile: :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on April 01, 2012, 03:32:54 PM
Thanks hermit for the posts ... BOP too!

Whew that video of Bai and Gao ... was steamy!!!!!! Panda Porn  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIFS%20II/Smileyfanninghot.gif) :wink2: :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 03, 2012, 01:45:06 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 2
It's bamboo shoot season! Nothing makes me happier than seeing young bamboo sprouting from the ground. Giant pandas (and red pandas and a lot of other critters) LOVE bamboo shoots. They're easy to tell apart from the mature bamboo the pandas get because they're covered in a protective sheath and they're pretty 'flimsy'. As far as I know, these pandas don't discriminate against bamboo shoots based on species and the time of year (like they do with the mature version). Shoots are full of water and contain lots of sugar because the young plant is trying to grow. Pandas love sugar [energy]; thus, pandas love shoots! We harvest them (as well as our team that harvests bamboo daily off-grounds) from certain areas around the zoo as long as they have not been in any other animal exhibit and only after they've reached a certain height as some species contain high levels of toxins in the early stages of growth.  We're very careful, though, not to harvest too many shoots because then we wouldn't have any mature bamboo to harvest in the future! Our pandas love them so much we usually feed them out at night. Given the option, our guys would love to feast on these instead of the mature bamboo. Normally we would allow for this, as pandas in the wild will munch on shoots almost exclusively in the spring. But since we're careful about how much we harvest, we simply don't have enough to give to the pandas as their primary source of food. Little Po seems to love them just like the rest of his family - I had to wait for over 10 minutes for the little guy to shift onto exhibit this morning because he found a piece his big brother Xi Lan left and refused to pass the tasty treat by. Oh Po...
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 04, 2012, 12:53:58 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, April 4
Yesterday for enrichment for Lun Lun and Po, we decided to hang a tire to make a tire swing. I was hoping that Po would get into the tire and sit in it, but unfortunately he did not. Po and Lun did come over to check out the new toy, but that was about it. They were more interested in playing with one another, which I hope a lot of guests got to watch because it was really funny.
Katie
Mammal Keeper I



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 09, 2012, 02:06:18 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 9
We’re getting to the time of year when we start changing the species of bamboo that we offer the pandas. Before, we were offering them yellow groove (Phyllostachys aureosulcata) as their primary species, the species they eat the best. And we were offering them henon (Phyllostachys nigra henon) as their secondary species, the species they don’t eat as well as the primary species. We always offer them at least two species to provide them with a bit of a variety and because they may eat one species better one day and another species better the next. Recently we switched to offering them bissetti (Phyllostachys bissetti) as their secondary species instead of henon. We are hoping to slowly phase out the yellow groove so that we don’t deplete our reserves. As with most other species, the pandas have their good days and their bad days. Some days they LOVE the bissetti, other days not so much. We also recently tried introducing black (Phyllostachys nigra) as a secondary species. The pandas barely even gave the black a second glance. We’ll keep trying to find a secondary species that they actually eat. Po doesn’t seem to care what species he gets just yet. When he’s hungry, he’ll eat it.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on April 09, 2012, 08:33:27 PM
Well I'm glad Po isn't as picky as his parents!  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 13, 2012, 01:31:44 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday April 13
Is it fall already? What great giant panda weather we’ve had recently. The pandas have been spending a lot of time in their outdoor habitats, and are sometimes out there for the entire day. Po, as usual, has been planting himself in his favorite spot over the drain.  Fortunately for him, there’s a drain in each of the habitats! The other day I was surprised to see Lun Lun sitting next to him in the moat of Habitat 2. This isn’t one of her preferred spots, probably because there usually isn’t any bamboo down there. But the other day, Po had either dragged a piece of bamboo into the moat, or one had fallen down there and Lun was happily eating it.  I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen Lun spend time in the moat, aside from taking a quick walk down there or when retrieving a cub. I wonder if Po was worried that Lun was going to steal his favorite resting spot. No fear, Po, it’s still yours. Your mom just wanted the bamboo.
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 17, 2012, 01:20:43 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 16
Pool season has begun with the pandas. With the warmer weather setting in, the pandas like to cool off with a little dip in the "cement pond.” This was illustrated yesterday by Yang Yang, who was put into one of the outside exhibits in the morning when the temperatures were quite comfortable. As the morning went on, the temperatures started heading up to the low 80's. This is beautiful for us, but it is a little warm for a panda. Especially one who is used to the air conditioning. He was fine all morning, right up until the time we decided to bring him inside because it was getting warmer. He also decided that it was just a little too warm for him as well. Instead of shifting inside for us, he decided to slip in the pool for a little relief. If you can picture someone completely kicked back and relaxing in a hot tub, then you can envision what Yang Yang looked like in the pool. He was even kicking his feet lazily as he was relaxing. He decided that ten minutes was enough time to relax, so he got out and finally shifted inside for us, dripping water and tracking mud as he went along. 
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on April 18, 2012, 10:15:35 PM
Here is a recent video from yingying816 of Mei Lan (eating bamboo of course) at Chengdu Panda Base  :love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHz8_ciEd_M&feature=share

(Thank you Skipper for the link)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 19, 2012, 01:14:17 PM
Thank you so much, BOP (and Skipper).  :flower  Those cheeks are still fluffy and beautiful.   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on April 19, 2012, 04:25:55 PM
Those cheeks are still fluffy and beautiful.   :love:

...and I still think of Mei Lan as a SHE.  :rolleyes2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 20, 2012, 01:22:24 AM
Me, too.   :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 20, 2012, 01:10:44 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, April 18
There is not much to report today.  Everything has been going quite normally.  There was one thing that Po did to himself that made me smile, though.  As I was trying to shift Lun Lun and Po inside the dayroom for the rest of the afternoon, Po decided that that would be a great time to go back down in the moat to his grate.  I tried and tried to call him to come inside, but it was all for naught as he made himself comfortable.  Then suddenly, the sky opened up and it began to pour.  He then decided that his indoor climbing structure retreat would be a much better place for a little R&R than his grate.  I have never seen Po run quite so fast to come inside.  
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


 :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 23, 2012, 08:26:53 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, April 21
The older and bigger Po gets - he's over 80 pounds, people! - the more comical it gets when Lun Lun becomes frustrated with her baby. We no longer ask Lun Lun to "go get her baby" because Po is getting to big for her move on and off exhibit.

Well, let me rephrase this - we don't ask Lun Lun this anymore, but she will do it on her own accord and it's pretty funny to watch her trying to drag an unrelenting cub around who's fighting her the whole time. But if there's one thing Lun Lun has no patience for, it's waiting for a shift door to open when she knows yummy fresh bamboo is on the other side. She'll give one warning bleat and then she's on a mission to grab her cub even if he realizes she is coming and hurries after her - she still drags him! What's hilarious is when Po couldn't care less if he's being dragged and takes the piece of bamboo he's eating along with him on the 'trip'. Oh Po!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :mhihi:

Monday, April 23
All of our animals at the Zoo are weighed on a regular basis. This allows us to monitor their health and ensure that they are eating and getting just the right amount of food to maintain a healthy weight. The pandas are no different, only they get weighed twice a day, every day. This is because their weight can change up to 20 pounds in a day! The adults are used to this routine. They know they get weighed in the morning and in the evening and they usually go right on the scale as they know there will be a reward waiting for them. Po is slowly starting to get the hang of this. It used to be that we would get Lun Lun's weight while distracting Po with a biscuit and then just wait for him to walk onto the scale to see what Lun was doing. But now that he's a little more independent, he's become less likely to follow Lun onto the scale. Now to get his weight, we use the same method we use for the adults. We put some biscuits on the scale and shift him into the den while saying "scale." At first he wasn't really sure what to do. When I would shift him into the den with the scale, he would walk up to the mesh waiting for his biscuits. But recently it seems he has learned that there will be treats waiting for him and he'll make a beeline for the scale. Our little Po is starting to learn! And just in case you want to know, he's not so little anymore. Po's last weight was 37 kg, which is just over 81 lbs!
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on April 23, 2012, 11:35:32 PM
81 pounds - quite the butterball!  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on April 25, 2012, 07:15:44 AM
81 pounds - quite the butterball!  :mhihi:

Yes, indeed  :nod2: :->
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/nightengale%20III/Pnadachubby.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 25, 2012, 12:49:53 PM
Chris...  :lollol:

From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, April 25
If you have read my previous updates, you know that I love to watch giant panda mothers play with their cubs. My second favorite thing to watch is giant panda mothers and cubs eat bamboo side by side. Po and Lun Lun did just that while I was collecting behavioral data on them on Monday. Po is becoming more and more skilled at eating bamboo and is spending more and more time eating. He tried to convince Lun Lun to share a large piece of culm, which she had already prepared for eating by breaking and stripping. He reached for the culm and whined to his mother. She wasn’t convinced and continued to eat the culm herself, but he eventually managed to get a piece of it for himself. Lun Lun is expert at processing culm and can handle larger pieces than Po. He likes to take advantage of her efforts whenever he can. With continued practice and increased size, he’ll be as proficient at feeding on bamboo as his mom in another year.

By the way, when Lun Lun was a subadult and she and Yang Yang spent lots of time together, she used to swipe pieces of culm which Yang Yang had already stripped. She did it frequently and Yang Yang never seemed to mind. So, she’s used to doing the swiping and is not as good at sharing.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :love:

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_lunlun_po_ZA_8147-as-Smart-Object-1.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 30, 2012, 10:36:59 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 30
It's arrow bamboo (Pseudosasa japonica) season again!  his time of year our giant pandas are typically eating this species of bamboo.  It's very distinct in that it only has leaves at the very top of each culm. This species tends to fill the pandas up more so we don't have to offer as much which is nice! The keepers have a love/hate relationship with arrow. We love that the pandas love it, but we hate how much of a mess it tends to make. Because the pandas primarily eat just the culm, there are more 'shards' (the outside green part of the culm that the pandas peel off) to pick up. Po was introduced to this species last year so it's not new to him. However, when it was offered last year, he wasn't eating bamboo yet so this is the first time he's gotten to try it and like the rest of the gang he loves it! Just now he ran over and stole a piece Lun Lun had just prepared.  Now that he's getting older we're starting to notice a little more jostling over food between the two. Lun Lun lets him win some fights, but certainly not all as she routinely puts him in his place!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 02, 2012, 01:03:41 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, May 2
You might have had the hilarious pleasure of watching Po interact with a new enrichment item given to him on Monday: a black plastic trash can. He was initially pretty wary of it, but soon came down to get the biscuits and sweet potato I had hidden inside. I was unable to watch him interact with the new toy after this point, as I had a couple of other cranky pandas in need of fresh bamboo. Thankfully though, right at the same time Rebecca came in to collect behavioral data on Lun Lun and got to watch Po become adventurous. He grabbed the trash can (which is a little bigger than he is) and hauled it up the climbing structure in Dayroom 1 to the top where he is usually perched. At some point the trash can then flopped over onto his head.  I am really bummed that I didn't get to see this but it was very evident that Po enjoyed the new toy because the damage was pretty extensive to have come from a 'little' cub! The next day I gave the trash can to Xi Lan (our demolition panda) who didn't fail to disappoint me as he proceeded to destroy the thing by using it as a perch! That poor little trash can never stood a chance!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:

I wish I had seen this.  I wonder if anyone was lucky enough to tape it?


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 02, 2012, 09:30:07 PM
I wish I had seen this.  I wonder if anyone was lucky enough to tape it?
Oh that would be so funny to see!  :mhihi: I did a quick You Tube search and also checked another forum but nothing turned up there.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 07, 2012, 01:56:44 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, May 7
I know we've mentioned bamboo shoots before, but I thought this was worth repeating. Pandas LOVE shoots. Any time we need to keep them occupied for a few minutes, we give them a shoot and they're content. Po is a shoot fiend. He steals shoots from Lun Lun. He'll eat any leftover pieces he can find. Even if he's in a deep sleep, he'll wake up for a shoot. The other night during Beastly Feast (the Zoo's black tie fundraiser), I gave Lun and Po a rather large shoot in order to keep them happy for the few extra hours that they'd be on exhibit. What I was expecting to happen was that Lun Lun would go right for the shoot, but to my surprise she went straight for the bamboo. Maybe she didn't see it. Po certainly did, though. When he saw it, he dragged it a few feet before he dug into it. My guess was that he was trying to bring it to the top of the structure but it was just too heavy and large for him. This thing was probably 7-8 feet long, at least 4 inches in diameter and had to weigh at the very least 15 pounds if not more. It took Lun quite some time to realize the shoot was there, but when she did, there was no pulling her away from it. At the end of the 3 or so hour event, when it was time to bring them in and set them up for the night, Lun came in happily, ready for her fresh bamboo. Po, on the other hand, did not come in right away. When I looked at the camera to see what he was doing, I saw him back at the spot where the shoot was nibbling on any leftover bits of shoot that he could find.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 11, 2012, 02:38:28 PM
I just had to post this scap from San Diego Zoo.  :mhihi: I think this is Bai Yun, sleeping soundly, probably after a big meal of bamboo.

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/SDZ-1.jpg)

Of course it could also be Gao Gao - I can't see the ear which is how I can tell if it's him.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 11, 2012, 02:46:11 PM
It might be Gao Gao - the left ear looks a bit smaller from this angle.

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/sdzmay11.jpg)

The 3rd panda, Yun Zi, is apparently off-exhibit right now.


Their cam is amazing - like a photograph.  :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 11, 2012, 05:44:08 PM
I can't stop myself - 3 more... :love:

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/sdzoomay11.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 11, 2012, 05:45:50 PM
I've no idea what this stuff is  :puzzled2:

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/sandiegozoo.jpg)

and back to good old bamboo

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/sandiego.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 12, 2012, 01:24:26 AM
Great captures, BOP!  Thank you.   :bigsmile:  That's strange-looking stuff.  Looks a little like carrots...but the wrong color.  :dunno:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 14, 2012, 01:25:07 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, May 11
Just when I thought Po was becoming an expert at shifting when we ask him to, today happened. He had been doing so well. He would shift out in the morning and come in the evening with very little trouble. Today however, was different. He went out perfectly fine this morning. At the mid-morning servicing he shifted great. At the end of the day on the other hand, he did not come in. He decided that he wanted to spend some extra time outside. He was nice and comfortable on his grate and just did not want to move. He was going to make the most out this cooler weather.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores

Monday, May 14
Not much is happening in PandaLand. All of our pandas are staying nice and dry inside the dayrooms and off-exhibit dens while Atlanta gets some much needed rain. Shandy, our red panda, could care less if she gets drenched as she prefers to sleep at the top of her tree to wait out rain showers. Po keeps wobbling around the 38-40 kg mark which is completely normal as he is definitely ingesting more and more bamboo and treats and defecating more and more. Right now we only get his weight once a day whereas the adults get weighed in morning and at night. I'm sure soon enough Po will graduate to a twice daily weighing. We're all really curious to see if Lun Lun will start her weaning process on her own. This is new territory for us, and so we're keeping a close eye on her and Po.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmcFEKdlAUM


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 14, 2012, 02:22:47 PM
awww - cute video, Hermit!  :love: I think that naughty Po grabbed a piece of bamboo right out of Lun's paw!  >:D

Well, it will be interesting to see how "natural" weaning occurs. I hate the forced weaning that the zoos usually seem to do.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 16, 2012, 01:27:30 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Tuesday, May 15
We have definitely noticed a change in Po's attitude towards the keeper staff now that he is eating more solid food. Before he could have cared less about us and actually preferred to be left alone.  His big brothers were both the exact opposite. Now that's all starting to change. He is interacting with us more and more every day now that he's associated us with yummy leaf-eater biscuits and bamboo and sweet potatoes! It's really sweet and cute to watch him run up to the mesh in hopes of receiving a treat, whereas before he rarely would.  This is also perfect timing as he is approaching the age where we can start training him for more behaviors (besides shifting and getting on the scale). See, we aren't that scary after all, Po!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 18, 2012, 01:04:27 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, May 18
Today, Po has been shifting like a rock star. It used to be the case that he would never shift when we wanted him to.  I think it is finally getting through to him that when we ask the pandas to shift, they are normally going to get something worth shifting for on the other side.  When Po does shift, he normally waits a while after Lun Lun has already gone through, and then decides to slowly make his entrance. Today, however, he was racing mom through the door to get at the biscuits and fresh bamboo that were waiting for him.  He even managed to snag a couple of biscuits that were meant for mom. Don't worry too much about Lun Lun, though. She managed to snag a couple of biscuits that were meant for Po. It usually all works out in the end. I hope this trend of shifting well lasts, as it makes the keepers’ job much nicer, rather than having to sit there for 10 minutes asking Po to shift.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 21, 2012, 12:52:13 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, May 21
Xi Lan seems to be going through a bit of a growth spurt recently. He has gradually been increasing in weight over the past few weeks. He is now around 88-91kgs which is right around the 200lb mark. While the pandas tend to be a bit lighter in the morning, I don't think it will be long before his morning weight surpasses 200lbs as his evening weight has. He's still got a bit of growing room to catch up to Yang Yang however who is fluctuating at the 280-290lb mark.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 21, 2012, 06:11:40 PM
I don't think I want either Xi Lan or Yang to step on me!  :nope:  :wink2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 22, 2012, 01:05:58 PM
BOP...  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 23, 2012, 01:28:48 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, May 23
Since there is nothing new going on with the giant pandas right now, I thought I’d take this opportunity to recognize our Bamboo Team. Our Animal Nutrition Kitchen employs four guys whose sole responsibility is to cut, bundle, and deliver bamboo. These guys are an integral part of caring for our pandas and other animals at the Zoo, like elephants and giraffe, who benefit from having their diets supplemented with bamboo. We communicate with the Bamboo Team daily about how the pandas are eating the bamboo and which species they prefer at the time. After they have delivered a day’s worth of bamboo to the panda building (around 300 lbs.), they go out to cut and bundle around 400 pounds of bamboo each day, regardless of the weather. I don’t know if any of you have ever tried to cut bamboo, but it is tough!  The sites they cut from are often treacherous and just getting through the dense bamboo itself to find pieces the pandas prefer can be tricky. We appreciate that these guys have a difficult job and we are grateful for their hard work! We would not be able to take care of the pandas without them!
Heather
Keeper III, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 24, 2012, 08:03:24 PM
A post from Lee in Vancouver on the San Diego Zoo blog abut his/her visit to Chengdu Panda Base and Mei Lan:  :love:

Quote
Up at our usual 6 a.m. this morning. Had breakfast and hopped in a taxi to go to the Chengdu Panda Base. Only 58 Yuan ($9.75) to get in and a further 15 Y ($2.50) for the shuttle carts, which are a must in this heat. It is 30C but the smog is almost as bad as Beijing, and we haven`t seen the sun since we arrived in Chengdu. We do know it is up there, though. Humidity is very high, so hope I have sweated off a couple of pounds on this trip… hahaha!

We first stopped off at the nursery where we saw Ya Ya and 4 of the under-1-year-olds. They are all so much fun to watch. They attack each other, they attack Ya Ya, and Ya Ya attacks them. It is very crowded here – not like at Bifengxia. This base is on the outskirts of the city, but there is a lot of traffic noise and pollution all around.

We asked where Mei Lan was and then hopped on a shuttle and went quite far back in the base to his location. There is a beautiful, and quite new, building that he and others can go into when it gets real hot that has air conditioning. But we walked around to his yard as it was only 10:20 a.m. He was asleep on his wooden platform, so we took a couple of pictures and then sat down on the sidewalk to wait until he woke up.

Very few visitors come way back here, so he doesn`t have to put up with the loud noises of children or adults. The people aren`t mad or anything, but they do speak in very loud voices.

Anyways, Mei Lan woke up about 35 minutes later. He sat up, stood up, and then left. There is so many trees and ground cover in his yard that we were not able to get many pictures before he went inside, but he seems okay and well looked after.

http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2012/05/22/yun-zi-busy-panda-boy/

Chengdu does not sound as pleasant as Bifengxia but Mei Lan seems to have a nice yard and building.





Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 25, 2012, 01:23:15 PM
Thank you BOP.   :bigsmile:  I still have trouble thinking of Mei Lan as a "he". 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 25, 2012, 01:23:36 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, May 25
Po is now over 18 months old, which is when giant panda moms often wean their cubs. As I wrote in an earlier update, we are not going to do anything to encourage Lun Lun to wean Po this year. We are watching Lun Lun closely, though, to see if she shows any signs of starting to wean Po on her own. So far, we have not observed her refusing to let Po nurse. She sometimes doesn’t give in to his pleas to nurse right away, but she does eventually allow him to nurse. She is also still initiating some of the nursing sessions. At this point, Po looks like a big boy to still be nursing, but giant panda cubs do sometimes remain with their mothers for over two years. So, it’s not abnormal for him to still be nursing. We will continue to monitor Lun Lun’s and Po’s relationship and will keep you informed if we observe significant changes.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 27, 2012, 03:57:19 PM
It will be good to see how Lun and Po go through the weaning process on THEIR schedule.  :mhihi:

The mischievous Yun Zi is back on exhibit at San Diego Zoo  :love:
(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/sdzmay26.jpg)May 26 2012
At 2 3/4 years old he already weighs more than his dad Gao Gao!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 27, 2012, 11:21:02 PM
Thanks, BOP.  He's a big boy!   :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on May 28, 2012, 09:41:24 PM
What a cute capture   :love: ... thanks for posting it BOP  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 29, 2012, 01:01:00 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, May 28
Po has been receiving sweet potato in his diet for about two months now and he seems to be enjoying it. Originally when we first offered it to him, he wanted nothing to do with it. His mom doesn't eat them so he wouldn't either; new things can be scary, after all. We offered him a small amount every day in order for him to work up the courage to try it. Then we decided maybe if we disguise it as bananas he would eat it and that worked for a little while until he discovered our clever trick. But it seems patience and persistence pays off. He has been eating the sweet potato quite well lately. We've been able to increase the size pieces we give him and we were gradually able to increase the amount he receives to the current amount of 100g. One thing I have noticed, however, is that he doesn't seem to like the end pieces as much. Often times, when cleaning up in the morning we will find leftover ends. Perhaps they are tougher or maybe not as good as the rest, who knows?
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 29, 2012, 09:49:07 PM
Picky Po!  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 02, 2012, 12:49:33 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, May 30
Today was not a good day if you are a big, black and white bamboo eater. Apparently all the nice, fresh arrow and yellow groove bamboo is just not up to snuff today. They all really don't want to eat any of it. That is weird, because they have been eating thebamboo, cut from the same stand, quite well over the past few days. When this happens the keepers can employ several different strategies. One is to offer smaller amounts of bamboo, but offer it more often. The pandas tend to eat more bamboo when it has just been offered to them.  Secondly, we will perform biscuit feeds with the pandas. To do this, we will feed them their ration of biscuits and fruit, one small piece at a time. After a few small pieces, the pandas are required to eat some bamboo. This is actually a trained behavior for the pandas. This normally works well, as you can stretch a single feeding to last a while, making them eat more of the bamboo. Third, we will give them some frozen enrichment, such as an apple, or bamboo shoots. They will normally eat the enrichment and then start eating some bamboo. When all else fails, we will call the bamboo team and beg them for some different bamboo. That is what we did today, and apparently, the new bamboo they brought was just the right stuff, as the pandas dove right in and didn't come out until it was finished. It is so nice to see the day end with happy pandas once again.
Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores



Friday, June 1
In case anyone continues to worry that Xi Lan may not be a male – rest assured!  His testicles are now visible to the naked eye. During his most recent physical, we were able to palpate them, but they were not visible externally. It has just been in the last day or so that we have been able to see them. This is normal for giant panda males and one of the reasons it can be challenging to correctly identify their sex when they are young. So, even though Xi Lan is not a baby anymore, he still has hit another milestone in his development.

Further news about Xi Lan is that he received a diagnostic exam this week because he has been lethargic, not eating well, and has had some nasal discharge. The exam revealed that his nasal cavity is irritated. We don’t know what caused this, but he is receiving medication and has responded well to the treatment. He’s eating well now and acting more like his fun-loving usual self.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on June 02, 2012, 10:18:23 PM
I'm glad Xi Lan is feeling better.  :love: yes, I can see people might be a bit suspicious (after Mei Lan) that they may not have got his gender right!  :whistle:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 05, 2012, 12:51:59 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, June 4
Xi Lan continues to feel better every day.  So much so that we felt confident enough to let him spend the day in the dayrooms where he isn't as easily accessible as he is in the off exhibit dens.  It was over my weekend, but I heard that he went crazy in the dayroom and was running around like a madman playing with everything he could get his paws on.  The mess this made was clearly evident the next morning when I tried to make sense of the bamboo that seemed to have exploded all over the room!  But it's a relief to see him acting like his old self again.  He's still on some medication but hopefully we're well out of the woods with his recovery!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on June 05, 2012, 06:21:28 PM
The mischievous Yun Zi is back on exhibit at San Diego Zoo  :love:
(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/sdzmay26.jpg)May 26 2012
At 2 3/4 years old he already weighs more than his dad Gao Gao!

Can't believe Yun Zi is 2-3/4 years old!  Followed his journey from birth onward for about one year.  Did you see the video of his actual birth?  He was one adorable young cub.  On his 1st birthday, top brass from Chengdu, China (China's panda home base) were present.  


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 06, 2012, 01:06:13 AM
He's a big boy!  I didn't see the video of his birth.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 06, 2012, 01:27:06 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, June 6
Not much to report in PandaLand. Xi Lan is pretty much back to his old self. I think he enjoyed being off exhibit where he saw us all the time, because he's been a bit reluctant to shift onto exhibit. Lun Lun is still an eating machine, but now she's having to contend with little Po, who tries to steal as many pieces of bamboo from his mom as his little paws are capable! Yang Yang is still lovable Yang Yang. All of the pandas are having second thoughts about the bamboo as of late; it's so hard to please these bears! They usually eventually settle down and decide that the bamboo is pretty good, so we're not too concerned.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 08, 2012, 12:42:44 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, June 8
We've recently started some additional training with Po. He is learning behaviors such as "target," in which the trainer places their fist against the mesh and Po puts his nose up to the fist, and "paw," in which he places his paw on the mesh. The training is completely voluntary and he is catching on quickly. Training helps us to better care for our animals by allowing us to see almost every part of the animals' bodies in a fun and rewarding manner. It gives them a chance to use their brains by thinking about what we are asking them to do, while also allowing us to get a closer look at them. The behaviors that Po is learning now are stepping stones to future behaviors. By using behaviors such as "target," we can train other behaviors such as "eye" and "ear." It will take some time for Po to learn the 20+ behaviors that his parents know, but you have to start somewhere.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on June 10, 2012, 05:28:23 PM
Happy belated birthday, hermit.  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 10, 2012, 11:50:44 PM
Thank you, BOP.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 11, 2012, 12:38:36 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, June 11
Today has been one of those yucky, rainy days here in Atlanta.  For the pandas, however, it is a beautiful 63 degree day without a raindrop to be seen. Aside from Xi Lan, who doesn't seem to mind the rain, the other pandas really dislike being outside in the rain. This is evident to us from their normal pleading at the door to be let inside at the sign of the first drop. Knowing this, I decided to keep all the bears nice and dry, and let them stay in the dayrooms all day where they will be much happier. This  is a good thing for the keepers because the pandas tend to eat much better when they are happy. A happy panda equals a happy keeper. While the rain may be a drag, it is actually really good for the pandas. It has been really hot and dry as of late here in Atlanta. When the weather gets hot and dry, apparently the quality of the bamboo really begins to suffer, according to the pandas at least. They really start to get picky about the bamboo in the long hot days of summer. With all this rain coming in today and tomorrow, however, the bamboo should be good to go, at least for a little while..
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_120228_xilan_ZA_6895.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on June 17, 2012, 05:25:39 PM
a sleepyhead at San Diego Zoo  :love:

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/sdzjune172012.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 18, 2012, 03:13:27 PM
Cute picture!  Thanks, BOP.   :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 18, 2012, 03:14:01 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, June 15
Today has been the exact opposite of most of the days of the previous week. All of the pandas are relaxed and just loving the bamboo being offered to them. I don't know if it is because of all the recent rains, or if the bamboo is just from a different cutting site. What stand the bamboo comes from is apparently very important to the pandas. They may love the stuff from one stand, but won't touch the same species from another. It doesn't have to make sense to me, as long as it does to them and they are eating well.  Hearing them chomping away is music to the keepers’ ears. As I have said numerous times in these updates,"a happy panda is one that is eating well, and a happy panda equals a happy keeper."
Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores



Monday, June 18
I am writing this update on Father's Day so I thought I would dedicate it to our proud panda poppa, Yang Yang. He is turning 15 in early September. He currently weighs around 280-290 lbs. Some of his favorite things to eat, other than perfect bamboo of course, are sugar cane and frozen treats such as banana and apple. When he eats them we can hear "happy panda" sounds. He also loves his daily ration of leafeater biscuits. Some favorite scents are Tabasco sauce, minty mouthwash, and cinnamon. When he receives these scents he will self-anoint, which means he will rub the scent, and anything it is on, all over his body.

Yang is a creature of habit. If we stray from his routine too much, he will let us know. If we have him on exhibit for a late-event, even if he has the best bamboo, he generally won't stay happy for long. He is used to having his night time bamboo at a certain time, and if he doesn't, he will remind you. He is excellent at training. He is very food-motivated, so training him is a breeze. He knows over 20 behaviors, all of which help us to provide the best care possible for him. He also seems to enjoy the keeper interaction that comes with training. So to our panda dad, we say, “Happy Father's Day, Yang Yang!”
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on June 18, 2012, 11:35:22 PM
Yes, Happy Father's Day to all the great panda dads - Yang Yang, Gao Gao, Tian Tian and many more!  :love: :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 21, 2012, 03:41:04 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, June 21
Po is becoming a bamboo eating machine. He is spending more and more time feeding on bamboo, though he still fits in plenty of naps. Although he likes to take bamboo away from his mom, especially culm that she has already stripped, he is becoming proficient at stripping culm himself. He often companionably sits next to Lun Lun to eat, but sometimes he seems to prefer to eat away from his mom. He often carries bamboo up into the climbing structure, and the other day he snuck down from the climbing structure to eat while Lun Lun was taking a nap. I’m not sure why he does this. Lun Lun usually doesn’t take bamboo away from him, and if he waits until she’s done eating all the best pieces are gone. However, unlike his parents and big brother, Po is not choosy about his bamboo, yet. None of the cubs have been selective about bamboo initially. That has developed over time, and I expect Po will become more discriminating as he matures. He is still nursing, and so he might not need to be selective about the bamboo he eats now because he still obtains a lot of his nutrition from his mother’s milk.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 22, 2012, 03:20:39 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, June 22
Yesterday’s enrichment for the giant pandas was food enrichment. This means we offer the pandas a food item that they usually don’t get, or offer familiar food in a way that’s unique to them. Jen and I chose to give them frozen fruit and sugarcane. I placed Yang’s frozen apple on the drinker in the dayroom. He noticed it immediately when he went into the dayroom and grabbed it from the drinker on his way by. The apple was whole and he proceeded to take a bite.  But he clearly realized right away that there was something different about the apple. He pulled the apple out of his mouth without chewing the piece he had bitten and then took a close look at it. When he finally took another bite, it was very small and he chewed very slowly. I suspect it felt weird on his teeth, or maybe that he even had a little brain freeze! But Yang’s reaction was exactly what we like to see with that type of enrichment. He got to eat something he loves, but in a different way and it also increased the time that it took for him to process his food.
Megan Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Mammals


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 25, 2012, 02:35:46 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, June 25
Everything in PandaLand is pretty status quo. Usually in the summer we can let the pandas be outside for a couple of hours first thing in the morning until it gets too warm. But for the past couple of days - and I suspect the next few - we'll keep them inside as it's already in the mid 70's at 7 a.m. These pandas are sensitive to the heat, as their wild counterparts live in cool mountainous areas of China. Once the temperatures reach 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit, it's too warm for the pandas and we bring them inside to cool off in our nice air-conditioned dayrooms and off-exhibit dens. The bears react to the hot weather differently. Yang Yang (our very melodramatic big guy) gets annoyed when it's too warm and instead of picking a shady spot (or the pool) to cool off while waiting for us to set him up with fresh food inside, he walks around and gets himself even more hot and tired! Silly panda. Lun Lun can tolerate the warmer weather much easier if she has yummy food to eat. If the bamboo is good, she almost seems oblivious to the heat; otherwise she's smart and finds a way to cool off. Xi Lan uses a bit of common sense and finds a shady spot to cool off and take a nap (he usually stays away from the pool). And that leaves little Po. He usually is down in the moat, in direct sunlight, panting away but doesn't want to make the big trek back up out of the moat and into the building. He'll sit out there for a long time even after we make it completely obvious that there's a way out of the heat! Lun Lun will even go down and check on him but he remains in his spot. Eventually he always comes in and relaxes in the much more panda-friendly temperatures in our dayrooms. At least he doesn't get himself all worked up like his dad!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 27, 2012, 12:26:45 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, June 27
As Jen mentioned in the previous update, it is getting hot here in Atlanta. In addition to spending less time in the outdoor habitats, once the warm weather starts, the pandas sleep more often. This is a natural way for pandas to conserve more energy during a time when their bodies are trying to keep cool. Another way pandas conserve energy during the warmer months is by eating less, so their bodies do not have to work so hard digesting. We have already noticed our pandas falling into these seasonal patterns.  Even Lun Lun has been napping more frequently than she usually does (though, she is NOT eating less!). As bachelors, Yang Yang and Xi Lan have more leisure time to spend resting. Lun Lun still has to support a (rather large) cub, which uses up a lot of energy, so she doesn’t have the luxury of taking off too much time.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 02, 2012, 11:44:34 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 2
I haven't seen it happen very frequently but every once in a while Yang Yang will get into a playful mood. Yesterday was one of those times. At first it seemed as though he was unhappy with his bamboo, but then he started running around the dayroom and interacting with his toys. He climbed the structure multiple times, he even tried to carry one of his toys up with him. The first time he failed and the toy fell, but the second time he tried he succeeded. When he had the rather large and oddly shaped toy on the top of the structure, he spent a few minutes shaking it around a bit. When he was done with that, he decided the hanging ball needing some tugging; he spent a minute or so pulling on the ball with all his might. He then went back to running and rolling around the dayroom some more. When it was all said and done, his bout of playfulness lasted maybe five to 10 minutes and made a huge mess in the dayroom, but it was great to see that he had some extra energy to expend acting crazy and having fun.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 02, 2012, 08:40:10 PM
I would love to see a video of Yang Yang being playful like that!  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 03, 2012, 01:06:30 PM
Me, too.  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 05, 2012, 09:15:41 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, July 4
I had the pleasure of watching a long play bout between Lun Lun and Po on Monday. They wrestled for about 20 minutes on the ground and on the climbing structure. Po is getting big, but he is still no match for his mother. Several times he broke away from her and scrambled up the climbing structure only to have Lun reach up and pull him down again. In anticipation of this, he clings to the climbing structure with all his might and his formidable claws. A person would certainly not be able to pull him down, but his mother makes it look easy. Not only can she pull him down, she can also knock him off the structure with just one swipe of her paw. Although she might not look like she is being gentle when she plays with Po, she is. She never hurts him and she practices a hallmark of play, which is self-handicapping. That means that although she is bigger and stronger, she doesn’t use those advantages to dominate the play session. She self inhibits her strength and speed to allow Po to get in lots of paw swats and bites of his own. She also reclines a lot while playing, so that he can climb on top of her and target any area of her body for biting. This is just one of the many ways that Lun provides excellent maternal care.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 06, 2012, 06:34:33 PM
I don't know who's having more fun on the slide in this video - the pandas or the keeper  :lollol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGF6bOi1NfA

I think this is at Chengdu.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on July 06, 2012, 07:30:05 PM
What fun!  Thanks, Lesley!  And thanks for the updates, hermit - I'm afraid I don't always post - but I do always read and enjoy them!  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 09, 2012, 01:13:20 AM
That is an adorable video!  Thank, BOP.  :thumbsup1:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 09, 2012, 01:19:22 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 9
Y'all might have noticed that we recently hung a hammock made out of a different material. This new one is made out of thinner vinyl, yet is just as sturdy as our older, and much heavier, fire-hose hammock. The fire-hose hammock is great, but a big pain to clean and it takes forever to dry. So we were able to get a new one and installed it over the weekend. We are curious as to how well it will hold up to the pandas. The first ones who got to inspect it were Lun Lun and Po. I wasn't here at the time, but my coworkers tell me Po had a crazy-good time playing in it, rolling around, acting like a goon! And apparently Lun Lun wasn't able to enjoy it as Po was rolling all around her as she tried to get in it. Yang Yang got it the next day and deemed it a suitable place to take a nap as he curled right up in it and dozed after he ate his breakfast. The real test will come, probably tomorrow, when Xi Lan gets to meet the new hammock; he is after all our demolition panda! If the hammock can survive Xi Lan, it's perfect!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 11, 2012, 01:54:57 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, July 11
I was hoping for some exciting behavior during my data collection session on Po this morning, so that I would have something interesting to write. He and Lun Lun spent the first 30 minutes sleeping. This is not exciting behavior but it is satisfying, because I do like to see content pandas. A morning nap is not unusual for Po, but it is unusual for Lun Lun. She has especially liked her bamboo the last few days and has been filling up well and early, which gives her some extra time to rest. When she woke up, she bleated which roused Po. He climbed down to the hammock where he nursed. Then he and Lun Lun started a play bout. Unfortunately, my data collection session was over and I needed to leave to do some other work. Before I left I got to see Lun Lun balancing precariously on her back on the top of the climbing structure with Po on top of her in full play fighting attack mode. Time spent watching the pandas is always a nice way to start the day.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :love:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 11, 2012, 09:29:43 PM
sounds so cute  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 13, 2012, 01:07:27 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, July 13
Well, it has finally happened. The bamboo team has determined that the stands of arrow bamboo need a rest for a little while. This means that we will have to get the pandas eating several other species of bamboo for the summer. Normally (if we can say that about anything the pandas do), the pandas eat arrow bamboo, Psuedosasa japonica, in the spring and early summer. During the hot months of summer, they typically turn their attention to a more leafy species of bamboo. We are currently feeding out Henon, Phyllostachys nigra henon, with success. We always need two species to feed out, however, in case they sudenly stop eating the main species, leaving us with no options. Right now, we have turned our attention to rubro, P. rubromarginata, to some success. They are all preferring henon, but are eating the rubro as well, which is good news. If the rubro doesn't work out, we will just move on to another species to try. We have about 25 species to choose from in the Atlanta area depending on available cutting sites. This is a normal progression in the summer months as the pandas tend to switch their taste preferences quite often during the heat. Sometimes we will find a species they will love one day, only to find out that they hate it several days later. Such is the life of a panda and a panda keeper. As of right now, things are going well and the pandas are enjoying both species, but if that should change, we will be ready with a new species quick as can be.
Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 16, 2012, 01:39:14 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 16
The other day Yang Yang got into another one of his playful moods. He was running around the dayroom and throwing around his toy. This time it was the ping pearls (the three balls attached to a piece of fire hose). He would climb onto the hammock and promptly fall off. He climbed all over the structure. He took the toy up to the top of the structure and was shaking it around a bit until he dropped it. He then went back to running around the dayroom like a mad man. He carried the toy around the dayroom some more stopping periodically to shake it and make sure it was dead. After he was done he decided it was snack time. After all he needed to replace all the energy he had just burned!
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 17, 2012, 04:14:07 PM
Good old Yang!  :innocent:

Nice update on the San Diego Zoo blog =
http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2012/07/12/panda-pregnancy-watch-in-full-force/
Bai Yun is showing signs of possible pregnancy :bigsmile: - reduced bamboo feeding, hormone profile, nest-building. (It still could be a pseudo-pregnancy though.)  

Also an update from Pandafan-north on Su Lin's (still officially unnamed) cub at Bifengxia, now one year old:  :love:
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“Su Lin’s 2011 Cub:
Your adopted baby panda is still living in New Leopard Mountain Villas with its mom and under the great care of its mom and the keeper, the cub is very healthy. Now it’s 17.6kg and the staple food is still breast milk, but in order to provide the cub adequate nutrition, we feed it special formula once a day and almost every time the cub licks the dish clean, that’s so cute! As it grows, the cub becomes more and more independent. It always rolls on the ground, takes a walk or lies on the ground on its own. But the cub will never be away from the mom’s sight, so your baby is clever enough to protect itself.”
with photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/55060731@N02/sets/72157630607599940/


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 18, 2012, 12:47:15 AM
BOP, thank you for the updates on Bai Yun and Su Lin's cub.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 19, 2012, 12:56:03 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, July 18
Lun Lun has been very playful this past week. When we arrive first thing in the morning, she and Po are often already engaged in a rousing play bout. Additionally, every day this week, she has spent over half an hour playing with Po after breakfast. Yesterday, she even woke Po up to play with him.  He was so sleepy it took several minutes of prodding to get him interested in playing, but she persisted. It is nice to see Lun Lun spending more time doing leisurely things. For the past 6 months or so, she has only been concerned with eating – everything else was secondary. She is still nursing Po, but since he is eating a good amount of bamboo now, she does not have to sustain him entirely with her milk, so she doesn’t have to eat as much herself. Lun Lun is such a good mother and it has been a pleasure watching her rear her babies. I am especially excited to be able to see how and when she will wean Po. As of yet, she has shown no signs of weaning him, so it will be interesting to see what happens.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper III


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 24, 2012, 01:21:07 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 23
When training our animals in front of the public, we are routinely asked to "make" the animal do something. The training we do with our animals is completely voluntary on the animals’ part, and we cannot "make" them do anything.  We ask the animal to give us a desired behavior, and then it is up to the animal whether or not it wants to do it or not.  If it performs the behavior we asked for, the animal will get a treat. All we can do if the animal decides not to give me the desired behavior, is to withhold the treat it would normally get for performing the behavior correctly. Today was a good example of that. A frustrating one, but a good one. All of our pandas, including Po, have been shift trained, or in other words, will shift into a new area when we ask them to. Three of our pandas excel at this behavior, and then there is Po.  He really likes to rely on the "voluntary" aspect of the training.  When he wants to shift, he is great, but when he doesn't want to, good luck.  Tonight was one of those nights when he didn't feel like shifting.  At around 4:00, the keepers begin shifting the pandas around in order to have the pandas where they will be overnight. Today, Lun Lun and Po were in the dayroom with the teepee climbing structure, and everything was progressing normally for a good close. Both Lun Lun and Po were at the door, waiting to be shifted into their normal sleeping den. Upon seeing this, I got everything ready for them as fast as I could. Unfortunately, when I went to shift Lun Lun and Po inside, Po had decided that he no longer wanted to shift, but instead wanted to climb and sit in the climbing structure. I knew I was in for it when I saw this. I repeatedly asked Po to shift with no results.  I tried offering him his biscuits. I tried offering him his sweet potato.  I offered him fresh bamboo. I even let Lun Lun back out with him to coax him in. All of these attempts were to no avail. Po was still planted in the top of the climbing structure. All of this wouldn't be a big deal, but Xi Lan was supposed to be in this dayroom overnight.  We normally put Lun Lun and Po in other sections of the building, so we don't have to put bamboo out for them in a dayroom. We do this because of the enormous mess those two can make overnight which takes a very long time to clean up in the morning. Xi Lan and Yang Yang do not leave nearly the mess that Lun Lun and Po can, so we prefer to put them in the dayrooms overnight. It was now 5:00 and the exhibits were closing, and I was still trying to get Po to voluntarily shift to no avail. I was running out of time for the day, but I still had hope. I continued trying to get him to shift as I was cleaning the building.  By now it was 5:45 and I had to decide to make other plans for the night, as Po was still planted at the top of the structure.  By now I had conceded that he wasn't going to shift for me, so I set Xi Lan up with bamboo in the other dayroom and Xi Lan shifted out beautifully for me.  It is now 6:30, and he still hasn't moved a muscle. I guess he didn't want any training treats tonight.  This is definitely one of those times that I had to remain calm by repeatedly reminding myself that all the training is voluntary on the animal's part. I just hope he volunteers to shift for Shauna in the morning.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


 :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 27, 2012, 07:36:57 PM
Thanks, hermit.

Hot off the press! San Diego Zoo confirms Bai Yun is pregnant!  :flower

(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/c185.0.403.403/p403x403/293010_10151075470827147_771067829_n.jpg)

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We're on panda cub watch! A spine, leg and heartbeat have been detected. This is considered a high-risk pregnancy due to Bai Yun’s age. If a cub is born, Bai Yun will be one of the oldest giant pandas known to give birth. Keep your fingers crossed!

http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoZoo

I wonder if there should be a separate thread for San Diego now?


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 28, 2012, 12:58:28 AM
Thanks for the exciting news, BOP!  :thumbsup1:

I think there should be a separate thread.  :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 29, 2012, 04:23:50 PM
Agree.  Separate thread for San Diego Zoo.  Zoo does great job on its own in terms of pandas and other, but this is a very special event!!

Do you all remember the birth of Yun Zi?  Talk about excitement!!  And, now he's a big guy.
   :love:   :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 29, 2012, 11:37:51 PM
It's late - I'll start up a new thread tomorrow - but the Zoo's facebook page says Bai Yun's cub was born July 29 at 2:10 PM  :hooray

New thread for San Diego Zoo here:
http://www.window-on-wildlife.com/index.php?topic=248.0


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 02, 2012, 12:47:22 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 30
Today was my first day back after not working panda land in a long time. It’s nice to be back, especially in the air conditioning. Haha. All the pandas have been great today; Yang Yang was very playful this afternoon. He was grabbing his ping pearl toy, running back and forth with it in his mouth,  and rolling all around the den with it. After he was done playing with that, he climbed up the log we have secured in the back dens and was playing tug a war with a hanging toy in the den; he was so adorable. I love when he is that playful. Well, that's all that is new and exciting in panda land today...stay tuned to find out what will go on next week.
Katie
Mammal Keeper I


Wednesday, August 1
All of the giant pandas have been spending more time sleeping lately especially in the morning. This may be because they have switched to eating more leaves. Our pandas are a bit unusual in that they eat bamboo culm most of the year and only switch to eating leaves for short periods of time. Giant pandas usually eat culm mainly in the spring and leaves the rest of the year. It takes less time to process leaves than culm, and so that may be giving the pandas more time for resting. This morning after waking from her nap, Lun Lun woke Po up to play. He was sleepy and reluctant at first, but after about 20 minutes he got into the spirit of things and had a good wrestling session with his mom.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 07, 2012, 12:48:04 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, August 6
So today, like everyday we had our Giant Panda Wild Encounter. As the education staff person was giving the tour of the giant panda building, I was listening to what she was saying about the different types of enrichment that we give to the pandas. One enrichment category that stood out to me was sensory. So at the end of the tour, we decided to show what the pandas do when they self-anoint with a scent. In one of the dens I put Tabasco and mouthwash on the floor. When we gave Yang Yang the den, he went straight over to the scented area of floor and started to roll all around in the Tabasco. He was so cute!
Katie
Mammal Keeper


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 07, 2012, 10:41:14 PM
Now I will be thinking of Yang Yang whenever I use tabasco sauce!  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 08, 2012, 01:23:27 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, August 8
In this day and age, I hope our weathermen/women have gotten more accurate about weather prediction.  I say this because I was looking at Atlanta's extended forecast and noticed that on Friday and Saturday morning, the temperatures will (hopefully) be in the mid to upper 60's.  This is great!!  We might actually have a couple hours of low enough temperatures that we can let our pandas spend the morning in the outdoor habitats.  I can't remember when they were last outside but it's been quite awhile since the heatwave started here in the South.  And since it's been so long, the outdoor habitats will definitely need a little TLC and sprucing up, which is probably what Heather and I will be doing today.  But that's ok because I'm super excited about giving the pandas a change of scenery!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 15, 2012, 01:05:00 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:
(Nothing since last Wednesday, and now three updates at once!)

Friday, August 10
Today was a good day in the giant panda building. The weather was actually cool in the morning, and we were able to let the bears go outside for a little bit to enjoy the fresh air before the Atlanta summer returned and they went back into their air conditioned dayrooms.  All the bears seem to be liking all of the bamboo we offer them, which makes for very happy pandas as well as happy keepers.  Without much to report, I will fill you in on their most current weights. Yang Yang is currently 125.5 kg.  Lun Lun is tipping the scales at an even 100 kg. Xi Lan  is at 87 kg, and Po is bringing up the rear at 43.5 kg. We looked back at our weight records and Po is exactly right on schedule along with his two brothers when they were his age.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


Monday, August 13
As many of you know, in the summer, one of our pandas spends the day eating and sleeping in the off-exhibit dens in the building. The temperatures are too hot for the pandas to go in the outdoor habitats, and we only have two indoor (climate controlled) exhibits. Until recently, we have always had one of the boys in the back – we rotate them daily so the same one is not always the one on exhibit.  However, just last week, I asked about giving Lun Lun and Po the opportunity to spend the day in the back dens and was given permission to do so once a week. I know this is probably sad news for you panda fans out there, but so far, it has been a nice break for Lun Lun and Po. They have been in the back twice now and they both enjoyed it. The first time I moved them from their overnight dens to the other side of the building to spend the day, Po was a little confused! He has always shifted through an exhibit door in the mornings, so it took him a few minutes to go the right way. Once he realized he had fresh bamboo and biscuits in the den, he settled right in and tucked into his breakfast.  Lun Lun was unfazed – she’s done this before. Po has discovered a bonus to spending the day in the back – keepers are always running back and forth and that means he may get biscuits!
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


Wednesday, August 15
I thought I would take a moment and brag about Marvin the Marvelous Mighty Muntjac. He is the Chinese muntjac that lives in the same exhibit as our red panda Shandy. Being a deer (and at roughly 18 inches tall full-grown) he is understandably skittish around anyone and anything new. Through lots of time, patience and lots of positive reinforcement we have gotten him to really come out of his shell over the past year. Before he wouldn't hardly come over to take a piece of banana (his favorite treat). Now he readily follows us around the exhibit and will 'target' to our fist for a reward. Even new people aren't as terrifying! I was recently able to train him to shift into his off-exhibit holding and get locked in - something pretty scary to do if you're a flighty prey species! This came in handy when our Horticulture staff needed to come into the exhibit and lay down a fresh layer of mulch on the ground.  To keep Marvin calm during this noisy process (and since there were a bunch of new people he's never met), locking him into his holding where it was a little more quiet and comfortable was very helpful. In case you were wondering, Shandy our red panda was comfortably resting in her tree during the the re-mulch, peering down and observing everyone with an air of regal royalty.
 
I am pretty spoiled with our giant pandas as they are amazing animals to train and learn very quickly. Marvin is a completely different story as a trainer needs to approach training a prey species completely differently than a predator species like giant pandas (ok I know they're in that weird gray area being classified as a carnivore that eats primarily bamboo but you know what I mean!). Tackling the task of training little Marvin has really helped me grow as a professional and he is continually teaching me new ways to approach training that trickles down into every other aspect of my job as a zookeeper.  So kudos to Marvin and all of his keepers! The next project with him? Training for voluntary hand injections for vaccines and physicals.  As awesome as Marvin is, I have no worries!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/muntjac1.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 17, 2012, 01:11:25 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, August 17
We continue to see Po nurse regularly. Normally, the keepers see him nurse at least once during the day. This week I happened to see him nurse once in the morning and then again in the afternoon. Po weighs nearly 100 lbs. and Lun weighs about 220 lbs., which means he is nearly half her weight. It’s pretty impressive that she is continuing to nurse such a big “baby.” Po also eats bamboo well and his daily amount of leafeater biscuits will increase next week. He is a rapidly growing boy and he has a big appetite.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 18, 2012, 08:03:35 AM
Thanks for all the updates, hermit. Marvin the Muntjac sounds so cute.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 22, 2012, 01:36:18 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, August 20
The other night I was setting Lun Lun and Po up for the night and cleaning up the dayroom that they just used. As I worked, I would periodically walk by the den that they were in and give them some of their biscuits. By the time I had finished cleaning the dayroom, I was out of biscuits but they were both staring at me expectantly instead of eating their bamboo. It was then that I saw the bottle of bubbles sitting on the shelf waiting to be used. I began blowing bubbles through the opening in the training panel towards Po who wasn't really sure what to make of them. When Lun noticed them she came over right away as she knew what they were and really enjoyed the scent of the bubble mix. When I was finally able to get a sufficient amount of bubbles into the den Lun Lun began self-anointing. Po became curious, and of course when he sees mom self-anointing, he has to also. He actually began using Lun to self-anoint by rubbing all over her. Lun in turn grabbed him and rubbed on him. The whole thing only lasted maybe 5 minutes but it was quite a sight to see.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:

Wednesday, August 22
As Jen mentioned last week, we have been keeping an eye on the forecast for the cooler mornings that have been predicted lately. However, until this morning, it has still been too warm to have pandas in the outdoor habitats. This morning was a little warmer than the forecast indicated, but cool enough for pandas to be outside for a few hours. Lun Lun and Po got that opportunity this morning! Lun Lun walked right out, but Po was less convinced. Once he realized mom had gone out and fresh bamboo and biscuits awaited him, he followed his mother. They happily ate for a couple of hours, enjoying the sights and sounds of the outdoors and then spent a bit of time exploring the habitats  I believe the last time we have put pandas out in the habitats was in late May -- it has been such a hot summer. I imagine that after such a long time there are many things to smell and investigate. Of course, Po had to make his way down to into the moat to check that his favorite spot was still there!
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper III



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 27, 2012, 02:36:36 PM
from Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, August 27
As many of you know, Saturday was Lun Lun's 15th birthday. To celebrate we gave her an ice cake custom-designed and made by Jen. It was quite the cake. It had one layer of bananas and apples, another layer of Lun's favorite scents, and yet another layer of sugar cane. The cake topper was the number 15 made of bamboo with a piece of sugar cane hidden inside. Surrounding the cake were fresh cut pieces of bamboo. She also received three hand painted boxes as presents to open. Two contained biscuits and one contained a brand new jolly ball.
 
Both Lun and Po were really interested in the cake. They could smell the Listerine. They both went straight for the cake when they were let into the dayroom. Lun went straight to the top and investigated the entire thing. Po, too, was quite curious about it. After thorough investigation of the cake, Lun went to the box that was closest to her and opened it right up and discovered it had some biscuits in it. After eating all the biscuits, she went to eating the bamboo pieces that were around the cake. Meanwhile, Po did his own investigation, nearly getting all four paws on the cake to reach the bamboo numbers on top. He managed to knock the number 5 off the cake, which seemed to startle him slightly. He also tried numerous times to get at the bananas and apples, but they were too deep in the ice.
 
By this point Lun was trying to grab the bamboo pieces from the top of the cake and in doing so, knocked the cake over. Po again climbed on top of the cake now that it was on its side. Then something caught his attention. It was the smell of sugar cane in the 5 that he knocked down earlier. When he finally found the sugar cane, he picked it up and nearly ran to the other side of the room presumably to keep his prize from Lun. After a while Lun went to eating her normal serving of bamboo while Po gnawed on the sugar cane. When he was done he would run back and forth between bamboo and the cake, hoping it melted enough for him to get the fruit that was still stuck inside. At the end of the day when I was leaving for the night, I saw them both back at the cake self-anointing with the scents that were frozen into the cake. They had not yet discovered the sugar cane in the top layer when I left that night, but when I came in the next morning, the sugar cane was gone and Lun Lun was eating the bamboo that was used to make the layers of the cake. The cake provided them with many hours of entertainment and enrichment.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores



(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/zooatl_2013_Jen-cake.jpg) (http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/giant_panda_Lun-Po-cake.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 30, 2012, 01:22:49 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, August 29
After successfully executing the construction of Lun Lun's birthday cake, I was eager to start on Xi Lan's as this will more than likely be the last cake we get to construct for him before he heads over to China (date TBD). I figured hey, I learned a lot making Lun Lun's...this should be a piece of cake (pun intended!).
 
Boy was I wrong.
 
This cake has fought being constructed tooth and nail! Layers haven't been freezing right, support poles have frozen all wonky, and on more than one occasion I sat there and had a quiet discussion with the ice as it froze trying to impose upon it the importance of this cake! As a panda keeper, we have to be meticulous with our daily husbandry, which naturally strengthens pre-existing OCD tendencies. Obviously this has spilled over into my ice-cake making skills, haha!
 
But nevertheless the cake is almost finished, but unfortunately won't look identical to the sketch I made that's floating around.  Originally I wanted 4 tiers, but due to time and - more importantly - the weight of water as it freezes, Xi Lan's cake will only have 3 tiers. I hadn't anticipated this thing weighing as much as it does. 4 tiers would be rather difficult to transport from our Animal Nutrition Kitchen freezer to its end destination. But I highly doubt Xi Lan will care!  He's going to have a lot of fun with all of the frozen goodies and scents in his birthday cake to notice the missing tier. Plus there are his birthday presents decorated by the panda keeper staff.
 
So currently I'm 1 for 1. Lun's cake was a success, Xi's cake a minor fail. Now on to Yang Yang's cake! I'm gonna go start that now!  And most importantly: happy early birthday Xi Lan!!!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/xilan_cake-design_jwebb.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 30, 2012, 05:56:07 PM
Happy birthdays Lun Lun and Xi Lan!  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on August 30, 2012, 07:48:31 PM
It must be such fun to be a panda keeper!  Thanks so much for bringing the details of the cakes here, hermit.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 01, 2012, 03:00:21 PM
Bao Bao, the world's oldest known male panda, died peacefully of old age (34) on August 22. He had lived at the Berlin Zoo since 1980. There is a lovely tribute to him with beautiful photographs by "pambassador" Jeroen Jacobs - click here (http://www.giantpandazoo.com/panda/news/pambassador-zoo-berlin-august-19-20-2012?utm_source=A%20Tribute%20to%20Bao%20Bao&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=A%20Tribute%20to%20Bao%20Bao)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 01, 2012, 06:22:27 PM
 :sosad: indeed, he was a handsome panda .... heartwarming and well as heartbreaking story of Bao Bao's admirer, the author of the piece,  Jeroen Jacob who posted the pictures, telling his story of the pleasure in visiting Bao Bao 13 times ... with his bride and then his 2 children ... and then finally having to say good bye to Bao Bao for the last time .... I can relate ... the same feelings I had for Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing from the National Zoo ... now also gone  :heart0: Thank you BOP ... lovely story and pics :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 01, 2012, 07:02:11 PM
You're welcome, Chris. I love how he describes developing a passion for pandas after seeing Bao Bao when he was a boy - now he is sharing his love for pandas and conservation with his own 2 sons. :)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 02, 2012, 01:35:34 AM
Thank you, BOP, for the news about Bao Bao.  So sad, but what a lovely tribute.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 04, 2012, 01:18:34 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, September 3
There isn't much going on today here in the giant panda building aside from the normal rigmarole. All the bears are behaving themselves and are eating their bamboo well. That being said, I will let you know the current weights of all the bears. Before I give you those I would like to tell you that all the bears are weighed twice daily, once in the morning and again in the evening before we leave for the night. These weights can vary as much as 10 kg from morning to night, depending on how much bamboo they have consumed.  We use their morning weights as their actual weights since they haven't been stuffing themselves with bamboo for a while.  Yang Yang is currently 123.0 kg. Lun Lun is 98.5 kg. Xi Lan is slowly creeping up on mom at 87.5 kg, while Po is now tipping the scales at 43.5 kg. If you are curious what these weights are in pounds, simply multiply each weight by 2.2 and it will give you the conversion to pounds.
Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 05, 2012, 12:54:57 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, September 5
Two cakes down, two to go!  I, with the help of my fellow coworkers, am diligently working on Yang Yang's upcoming birthday ice cake!  It will look very different from Lun Lun’s and Xi Lan's, but still pretty big!
 
On a side note, a couple of days ago we placed our large black plastic culvert in Dayroom 2 for some added enrichment for the pandas.  It's really cute watching a black and white bear climb up, over and into the culvert to get to his/her bamboo and treats we hide inside.  Po thought this was the coolest place to be and rooted around inside for quite some time.  Eventually he popped his head back up and clambered out of the culvert to find his mom.  The cutest part?  When he climbed back into it later and was joined by his mom.  Two pandas in a culvert! Ha!
 
On a third side note: happy early birthday to Mei Lan! He turns 6 tomorrow!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/zooatl_yangyang_icecake.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 05, 2012, 01:00:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFxHzOxmY6g


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 05, 2012, 03:38:15 PM
 :lollol: ... celebrating with a Birthday somersault ... too cute! thanks hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 07, 2012, 01:06:50 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, September 7
During my data collection session this week, I had the opportunity to observe Lun and Po in one of their outdoor habitats. It’s been a very long time since I’ve observed them outside, so it was nice to switch things up a little bit. It was also nice that day because I was able to observe some interesting panda behavior. Lun and Po were in Habitat 2, and Xi Lan was in Habitat 1. None of the pandas really seemed all that interested in the bamboo they had been provided, so I think they went looking for something else to do. Po and Xi Lan realized that they were next door to each other and proceeded to spend the majority of the session focused on that. Both pandas vocalized and Xi Lan often placed one of his eyes up to a very small gap in the door to take a peek at little Po. He alternated between peeking and sniffing, while Po remained pressed up against the door for minutes at a time. Lun was present for much of the interaction.  She didn’t seem upset, but frequently checked back on Po and even spent a few minutes looking through the door herself. This kept all of the pandas, and me, amused for quite some time. It was so distracting that I think the pandas even forgot that they didn’t like their bamboo!
Megan Wilson, PhD
Assistant Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 10, 2012, 02:37:23 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, September 10
As many of you know, yesterday was Yang Yang's 15th birthday. As with Lun Lun's and Xi Lan's birthdays, Yang also received a custom made ice cake designed by Jen and two hand painted boxes along with a few other gifts. The very colorful cake was about six feet tall with layers of sweet potato, apples, bananas and sugar cane with various scents added on later.

When we shifted Yang off exhibit to clean the dayroom and put the cake out there, he stopped in front of the cake when he caught sight of it and did not want to shift any further. He knew what was coming and he really wanted it. When he finally got the chance to get his paws on the cake, he smelled it top to bottom and then promptly knocked it over. In a show of strength, he broke a large chunk of ice off the cake with what seemed to be a small amount of effort. After further investigation of the cake, he decided that it needed some time to melt a bit before he could get any of the treats. It was at this time that he noticed the boxes and other gifts strewn across the dayroom. He spent a few minutes ripping into each box and searching through the hay to get the biscuits that were hidden inside. After snacking on bamboo for a while, he went back to the cake. It was then that he discovered the scents sprinkled on the cake. He rolled all over the cake and self-anointed for a long time. By the time I left for the night, he still hadn't found the sugar cane. So, he still had some surprises left to discover.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/zooatl_panda_yang_birthday_2075-(2).jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 10, 2012, 05:16:40 PM
Happy birthday Yang Yang!  :love: :cake


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 10, 2012, 05:49:23 PM
What a pretty picture of Yang Yang! ... interesting cake! ... sounds rather yummy ... even to me  :lollol:

To Yang Yang .....

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIFS%20II/BirthdaySmiley.gif)

...thanks hermit for posting the update and picture :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 13, 2012, 01:53:16 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, September 12
Today was a beautiful day in Atlanta. The morning was in the low 60's and the afternoon temps crept up to the 80 degree mark. Because of the nice weather, we are able to exhibit all four of our pandas at the same time. We were able to put two groups of bears outside for the day, and the other panda was in the dayroom. The pandas have recently changed their tastes in bamboo, so we had to follow suit. They have been eating Rubro, Phyllostaychs rubromarginata, for quite some time, but have recently started disliking it. We have switched to two of our stalwarts to see if they will eat those instead.  Those two "go to" species would be Henon, Phyllostachys nigra henon, and Yellow Groove, Phyllostachys aureosulcata.  We haven't had too much success with the Henon yet, but the Yellow Groove appears to be a hit right out of the gate. They may eat the Henon tomorrow, and then again they may not. You just never can really tell with these guys. All we can do is keep trying it with them.  For right now, we can just stick with the Yellow Groove because as long as the pandas are happy, we are happy as well.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 13, 2012, 05:17:30 PM
Thank you hermit for the update  :flower ... whew, so many different kinds of bamboo! ... I would gladly learn them about them all if they would take me on as a Panda Keeper .... ah, in my dreams  :wink2: :mhihi:
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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 14, 2012, 03:53:03 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, September 14
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, birthplace of Yang Yang and Lun Lun and current home of Mei Lan, is offering a very exciting opportunity. The Research Base (as I like to call it for short) has partnered with WildAid to launch the 2012 Chengdu Pambassador Program, a three-month contest to engage giant panda fans on three continents in conservation and awareness of a beloved endangered species. The contest began on the Chengdu Pambassador Facebook page on September 7, 2012, and will continue through November 30, 2012.

The world’s most passionate panda fans (and I know that includes many of you!) are invited to start a PandaQuest on Facebook, where over a three-week period, 24 semifinalists from the U.S., the United Kingdom, Singapore and China will be selected to advance to the next phase. The contestant pool will then be cut to 16 lucky individuals, who will have the opportunity to travel to Chengdu to visit the giant pandas. Three finalists will then be chosen as official Chengdu Pambassadors. Winners will serve in this capacity for one year, and will have a chance to participate in a Global Panda Protection Tour in 2013. Enter the contest today at www.facebook.com/ChengduPambassador.

I had the great fortune to spend two years in Chengdu studying giant pandas at the Research Base and the Chengdu Zoo for my dissertation. After that I made many, many trips to Chengdu for several years with graduate students and keepers to train them to collect data for ongoing behavioral studies on the Chengdu pandas. Chengdu is like a second home to me and the pandas and staff at the Research Base are an extension of the Zoo Atlanta family. Lun Lun’s and Yang Yang’s mothers, aunts, sisters, brothers, cousins, and son all live there! I hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to experience Chengdu and the amazing work carried out at the Research Base firsthand. Enter the contest today!
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 14, 2012, 08:20:00 PM
Hmm...sounds tempting  :hmm


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 15, 2012, 08:24:05 AM
 :lollol: ... go for it BOP :nod2: :thumbsup1:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 17, 2012, 01:12:05 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, September 17
Life in PandaLand has quieted down some since the bulk of the panda birthdays are over. Rest assured I'm diligently working on ideas for little Po's birthday cake!  I'd love for him to be able to walk into his cake so we'll see if I can't create some masterpiece for him to destroy!
 
With all of this beautiful morning weather, the pandas have all had ample time outside getting some fresh air in their outdoor habitats. There is a covered training panel between the two habitats that has become quite the social hotspot! At first Xi Lan and Po had quite the conversation (you can read about it in one of the updates below), but most recently Po was trying to talk to his dad Yang Yang through the steel door.  He was making all sorts of cute little chirps with Lun Lun coming over to investigate what the commotion was all about. Yang Yang was on the other side, resting his head on a ledge appearing to just listen to the noise, not quite as excited as his son. The pandas don't have access to each other here, and can only glimpse each other through a very small gap. Either way, both boys were clearly interested in each other and it was a lot of fun to watch!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 19, 2012, 01:20:57 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, September 19
Yesterday morning Po was being very adorable playing with the ping pearls that were hanging in dayroom 2. He was all sorts of silly, hanging upside down from the top of the structure and trying to yank the toy down. Then mom decided to join in on the fun. She played with Po by knocking him off the structure, and then they chased each other around. They were so cute!
Katie
Mammal Keeper I


:happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 21, 2012, 01:40:40 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, September 21
The mornings here in Atlanta are cooling down and we have been able to put the pandas in the outdoor habitats for at least half of the day. Yang Yang and Xi Lan are especially enjoying stretching their legs outside. Yang Yang has reclaimed his sleeping spot in the far habitat where he curls up and looks like a boulder in the middle of the yard. Xi Lan has turned back into the eating machine that we know and love (when it’s hot, the pandas eat less) and has been seen stretched out spread eagle on the climbing structures more than once. However, Lun Lun continues to prefer the indoor habitats and Po is happy to be wherever his mother is. Lun Lun doesn’t seem unhappy outside; she just stays happier longer when she is inside, so we oblige when we can. Happy pandas mean happy keepers!
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper III


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 21, 2012, 06:00:15 PM
Thanks hermit for the updates  :flower ... the Atlanta Panda Keepers sound like gems ... they truly adore the pandas ... so nice that they share their observations with us :nod2: :thumbsup1: I always enjoy reading their insightful accounts :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 24, 2012, 04:37:51 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, September 24
Our hearts go out to the giant panda team at the National Zoo for the loss of their cub. This is a reminder to us how very fortunate we have been and to enjoy every moment with our pandas. Po broke the 45 kg mark a couple of days ago.  He is almost half of his mom's weight and he continues to nurse! And she continues to let him! That's a lot of nutrients and energy he is still demanding from his mom. But Lun Lun doesn't seem bothered by any of this.  She may get up and walk around during a nursing session, but so far she always sits back down and lets him continue if he wants.  We continue to monitor their interactions carefully to see if there are any signs of impending weaning. So far nothing, but come January if she hasn't kicked him to the proverbial curb, we will start to facilitate the weaning process.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 24, 2012, 07:58:22 PM
Nice update on Po... thank you hermit  :flower ... nothing like Mother's milk  :wink2: :thumbsup1:

The National Zoo Panda Tragedy has rocked the entire Panda community ... so sad  :brknhrt: ... also makes us that much more grateful for healthy cubs like Po :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 27, 2012, 01:06:51 PM
From Zoo Atlamta:

Wednesday, September 26
Yesterday morning I was watching Yang Yang during data collection and he did one of the funniest things that pandas do.  He was sitting in the bamboo eating away and then – kurplunk! – he collapsed over onto his side.  No transition between eating and sleeping whatsoever – just munch, munch, munch, munch, flop.  It’s almost like something in their brains suddenly clicks and tells them “stomach too full, must sleep NOW!”.  It doesn’t happen often and Yang Yang is the one I’ve seen do it the most, but it always makes me laugh out loud when I see it.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


 :lollol:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 01, 2012, 12:26:16 PM
(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/lunandpo-1.jpg)

Lun Lun and Po. What a chubby cubby he is. Almost as big as his mum.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 01, 2012, 01:20:20 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, September 28
Po continues to excell at training. He has picked up on "target" quite well. He has also learned "paw," both left and right, and "up." Occasionally he lets his short cub attention span get the better of him as he seems to not know what we are asking him to do, but after a little bit of reminding and re-asking, he figures it out and gets his yummy reward. He has also almost perfected "shift" as he occasionally beats Lun Lun in the door, and has also learned "bamboo," in which we ask him to eat some bamboo in order to receive a biscuit, which is very helpful when the pandas are not liking the bamboo we offer them. Future behaviors we hope to train him soon are things such as "down" and presenting his shoulder for voluntary vaccinations.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores

Monday, October 1
Saturday was a very exciting day at the Zoo, because we had our annual enrichment day called Play the Animal Way. There were various activities throughout the day in which our animals received special enrichment items that they normally do not get on a daily basis. Examples ranged from our carnivores receiving cow hides and bones to our kangaroos getting a life size papier-mâché’ kangaroo on exhibit. A big shout out goes to our enrichment team for making it a great day! The giant pandas each received a papier-mâché box and a piece of our big yellow toy car. They enjoyed their enrichment items so much that today they are still playing with them. We hid some of Xi Lan's food in his box, and he still enjoys ripping it apart to find his food. He is so funny, but I think he has finally destroyed his box to the point that we can no longer put it back together.
Katie
Mammal Keeper I



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 01, 2012, 05:09:00 PM
Wow! ... Po is one smart little panda! :heart0: :thumbsup1: Thank you for the updates hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 10, 2012, 01:16:13 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, October 10
With the lovely weather we've been having lately here in Atlanta, the pandas each get a turn at spending the entire day outside in one of our 2 habitats. This past Monday was no exception; however, that afternoon I was bringing Lun Lun and Po inside for the night and things got a little hairy for a moment. Lun Lun was ready for her dinner but Po was zonked out in the moat on his favorite log that covers the storm drain. I remember when Po was much smaller, back before summer, he would crash mid-afternoon on that log and wouldn't wake up for anyone, including his mother! There were a few nights where it was a real struggle to get him to come inside and by the end of the ordeal both Lun Lun and keeper would be a little cranky. So needless to say, my knee-jerk reaction when I saw him passed out Monday afternoon was "Oh boy...good thing I'm not running late!"
 
But then Po reminded me that he isn't a little cub anymore, because as soon as I hopped up on the boardwalk between the two outdoor habitats and called his name, he opened his eyes and looked at me and hopped right up and came inside without much fuss. It probably helped that Lun Lun was already halfway to her nighttime holding, bleating her head off for her little shadow to hurry up, but still! It's refreshing to be reminded of how cooperative Po is now that he is a big boy.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 13, 2012, 01:13:15 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, October 12
Earlier this week I saw some interesting behavior in Lun Lun and Po. Lun Lun scent marked two areas in one of the outdoor exhibits. Po smelled the areas she marked and then marked over one of the spots. Giant pandas have a large gland under their tails which they rub on a surface to deposit scent. Adult females do most of their scent marking when they are in estrus. It’s one way a female lets males know when she is ready to mate. But females will also mark at other times. In captivity this often happens when an animal goes into a new enclosure or an enclosure that she hasn’t been in for awhile. So, Lun Lun may have been marking because the outdoor enclosures are still a bit “new” after the long summer of being indoors. Cubs are often interested in their mothers scent marks and they will often mark over areas scent marked by their mothers. The scent gland develops as a young panda matures. Po may not be producing a scent substance to deposit, yet, but he is learning an important method for communicating with other pandas.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 14, 2012, 06:57:53 PM
Thanks, hermit. Po is growing up.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 15, 2012, 01:56:00 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, October 15
It's about three weeks from Po's 2nd birthday now, and Lun Lun is still tolerating all his pestering. She still gives up her food to him and still plays with him. Even if she was just eating or sleeping before he decided to jump on her, she will reluctantly play along. And just this morning (Sunday 10/14) I saw him nursing when I went to check them first thing. He is about half her size now, weighing in at about 46 kg this morning, mind you that was after his breakfast, so he requires a lot of milk to feel satisfied. But Lun Lun continues to let him nurse. We continue to monitor them for any behavior changes, but so far nothing.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 15, 2012, 07:31:20 PM
.... a nursing toddler :wink2: Thank you hermit for the update :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 16, 2012, 01:45:35 AM
Lun Lun is a very patient mother.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 22, 2012, 01:08:41 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, October 22
The first weekend of Boo at the Zoo was a big success and each animal area helped with festivities.  PandaLand was no exception! We decorated the dayrooms/outdoor yards with "ghosts", carved pumpkins and even had a activity planned: bobbing for apples (or sweet potatoes in Xi Lan's case).  It's absolutely hilarious to watch the pandas try to figure out how to get their delicious treats from the water! Each panda has figured out his/her own way of completing this puzzle: Lun Lun seems to be a master at scooping the apples right out of the water and into her waiting mouth without missing at all. Yang Yang commits to a few feeble attempts at "scooping" with his paw (he sometimes doesn't like his paws getting wet) but gives up after a few failed tries and simply knocks the whole tub over and eats the treats that way - leave it to Yang to cheat if there's a way! Xi Lan's short attention span usually kicks in and he'll try scooping his sweet potatoes, walk off, come back and try again, walk off, and then maybe give it one last go. He usually figures it out in the end, though! Po has been the real joy to watch!  Last year everything was pretty scary to him but this year his confidence is really high and he's attacking his new enrichment with vigor! Playing in the water seemed more fun than "bobbing" as we saw many wet trails leading to and from Po's tub. The "ghosts" are especially fun for Po as he's successfully "killed" every one he's encountered! Never a dull day in PandaLand!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 22, 2012, 04:37:47 PM
Boo at the Zoo .... sounds delightful!
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIFS%20II/Ghostnatural_zpsd74921f0.gif)(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIFS%20II/Pandadancing2_zps061d50c9.gif) (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIFS%20II/Halloweensmalpumpkinblackcat_zpsb92d4c75.gif)

... thank you hermit for the update :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 22, 2012, 09:39:42 PM
Pandas "bobbing for apples" would have been so cute to see  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 24, 2012, 01:12:33 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, October 24
It's that time of the year! The last panda birthday! And some might argue that we've saved the best for last - PO! Our little tyke will be turning 2 years old on November 3rd. To celebrate, he will be getting some presents in hand painted boxes (compliments of his keepers) and his very own ice cake designed by yours truly! I've got the concept down and will hopefully be making it this week. Why so early you ask? Well any expert ice cake maker knows that freezing multiple layers of water with food coloring or treats in a multi-tiered cake takes a long time! If there's one thing I've learned it's that you can't rush the process! Po really enjoyed his mom's birthday cake so I'm sure he's going to get a blast out of this one! It won't be nearly as tall as the others have been, simply because it's for a smaller bear, and I like my cakes as tall as the bears they're for! Next year will be a challenge - not sure how I will out-do my cakes from this year! 
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/giantpanda_po_icecake_birthdaycake_sketch.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 24, 2012, 06:36:59 PM
Awwhhhh .... I'm sure it will be a masterpiece! .... Thanks hermit for the update :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 29, 2012, 01:20:36 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, October 29
Temperatures are dropping again in a few days. Soon mornings will be in the mid to high 30s. That's right, 30s. Luckily the keepers of Pandaland work with some of the few animals at the Zoo that love such chilly temperatures. They will definitely be putting their thick, wooly coats to good use in the coming days. Surely Shandy the red panda will also be enjoying the brisk morning air lying comfortably on her bridge. Unfortunately there is one little animal on the panda routine that is not a fan of the cold, little Marvin the Marvelous Muntjac. Being from the warmer regions of southeast Asia, he is not built for the cold. To keep him warm and cozy we do a number of things. We provide him with plenty of hay to snuggle up in. He also has a den box in his off-exhibit area that is blocked on all sides but one to keep the wind and the cold away. It also has a radiant heater for extra warmth. And on those extra chilly nights, we also provide him with a heat lamp. A few mornings when we check on him first thing, we see him laying right in front of his lamp keeping warm. The lamp in conjunction with all the above mentioned tactics will keep him nice and warm during these cold nights, and soon to come, days.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 02, 2012, 02:10:30 PM

From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, November 2
Po's birthday is tomorrow! Woot woot! While I love building their cakes, I'm kind of relieved that I'm at the last one - it takes up more time than you would ever imagine!
 
These blistery, windy days have been pretty cold for a majority of the animals here at the Zoo, but our pandas love it! Every morning there is a "morning update" where each department or area gives an update by radio to the Education staff about whether all animals in their charge will be on exhibit or if someone(s) will be off exhibit due to exhibit maintenance, vet visit, etc. We also mention if animals are going out late due to pool cleanings or temperatures. In the summer usually all animals are out first thing, but not pandas! We're the only area that routinely has an animal off-exhibit all day, because we don’t have enough separate on-exhibit air-conditioned spaces to put all of the pandas on exhibit all day. After temperatures turn cold, though, we're the ones who are able to send our animals out first thing while most other areas have to wait until the temperatures reach a point where they can let their animals have access to the outdoor habitats. Even then their animals might be all "Yeah, it's too cold, I want to stay inside where it's toasty warm." But our giant pandas (and Shandy the red panda) are built for these temperatures so they're quite content to go sit outside and eat their fresh bamboo!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 02, 2012, 09:48:32 PM
Happy Birthday Po!  :love:  :cake


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 02, 2012, 10:41:22 PM
Happy Birthday Po! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIFS%20II/SmileyBirthdaychefcake.gif)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 03, 2012, 01:44:30 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PO !  :flower  :huggie


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on November 03, 2012, 10:04:08 PM
I can't believe Po is 2 already!!  Gosh, I remember watching him be born!   :love: :love: :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 04, 2012, 09:47:29 AM
I know, Patti! And it's so great he's still with his mommy!  :love:

Po enjoys his cake and birthday party:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OhCq_LZ3Y4&feature=share
video by smileybears


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 04, 2012, 02:05:37 PM
That's a great video!  :love:
Thanks, BOP and smileybears.  :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 04, 2012, 06:23:03 PM
Super video!!!!!!! Thank you BOP and smileybears!!!!!!!!!!! :flower .... Fun Times :nod2: :bigsmile:  :love:

Pretty sweet potato flames on the cake ... yummy too :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 05, 2012, 02:01:58 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, November 5
Saturday was Po's 2nd birthday and as with the others, he too received a cake built by Jen and a few hand-painted boxes filled with treats. Two of the boxes were filled with yummy biscuits, and one box had a brand-new toy that none of the pandas had seen before. When he was finally let into the dayroom, he went straight for the cake. After some quick investigation, he decided that the giant box next to the cake deserved his attention. Inside the box were some biscuits. He knocked the box on its side and crawled in grabbing biscuits one by one, pulling them out and eating them. After finding every biscuit in that box, he turned his attention to the cake. With a little help from Lun Lun, he was able to get to the "flames" which were actually flame shaped sweet potatoes. Since he had never received sweet potatoes as large as these, I wasn't sure how he would handle them. The simple answer to that is one bite at a time. After several minutes of gnawing, he finished one of the "flames." This is when he noticed a small piece of sugarcane frozen on the edge of the cake. He spent a few minutes on and off working on getting it free. After he was done with that, he discovered that he still had another sweet potato. After all that sweet potato, he was stuffed. He passed out on the structure for the rest of the day. He didn't even want to come in at the end of the day, that's how full he was.

(Come back to our updates page tomorrow for pictures and video from the birthday bash!)
 
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 07, 2012, 02:02:14 PM
(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_po_birthday_SD_2105_web.jpg) (http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_po_birthday_SD_2127_web.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3455pr2u0Y


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 07, 2012, 02:03:44 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, November 7
The weather in Atlanta is damp and chilly, which is just fine for the pandas. This weather reminds me a lot of the fall and winter weather in Chengdu. I spent some time bundled up collecting behavioral data on the pandas this week and it was very reminiscent of the months I spent doing the same thing in Chengdu. Unfortunately, I don’t have any wonderful Chinese tea here to warm up my chilly fingers afterwards. While I was collecting data, Po had a nursing session. He approached Lun Lun and whined and chirped for a few minutes until she sat down and let him nurse. So, she continues to be very responsive to him. Also during my data collection session, Yang Yang was sprawled out on the damp ground in the adjacent habitat having a nap. I wished I could be as comfortable as him.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 07, 2012, 11:32:06 PM
Thanks for the birthday pics and video, hermit. Interesting that 2-year-old Po is still nursing.  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 10, 2012, 10:50:17 AM
He is just adorable! What a fun Birthday celebration ... thank you hermit for the pics and video :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 13, 2012, 02:32:22 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, November 12
Things have quieted down a lot since all of the panda birthdays are over. It's nice to be able to get back to the daily grind and normal routine here in PandaLand.  All of the panda keepers (and all other keepers for that matter) are quite busy juggling husbandry and finishing our yearly goals. Every keeper here at Zoo Atlanta has a list of projects we have to accomplish by the end of each calendar year.  We create this list with our supervisors at the beginning of the year. Examples might be: create a new enrichment item; become cleared in collecting giant panda data; train one new behavior; create some sizable improvement to an outdoor/indoor habitat; organize/execute Zoo Atlanta's participation in International Red Panda Awareness Day; etc. Usually the goals are based on the individual keeper's interests and experience as a zookeeper. We enjoy having the goals because they help us grow professionally, and it helps to break up the monotony of our daily routine. (And I personally get bored pretty easily!) Hopefully the pandas are nice and sleep a lot so we can get some extra project time in… Ha! I doubt it!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 13, 2012, 11:53:43 AM
Thank you for the update hermit :flower I haven't had much of an opportunity to check in on the pandas :sosad: ... so I appreciate your posts even more :nod2: :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 13, 2012, 01:53:05 PM
You're welcome, Chris.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 14, 2012, 02:31:36 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, November 14
Things have been going very smoothly in PandaLand lately. The pandas have been loving their yellow groove (Phyllostachys aureosulcata) and eating it so well that they've been taking many naps, which is great! Normally Lun Lun can't consume enough bamboo, and so when she goes down for a nap we all dance a quiet jig. Pretty soon Yang Yang is going to start consuming massive amounts of bamboo in an effort to bulk up to impress Lun Lun next year. We'll see how that goes – she hasn't been too impressed in the past!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 19, 2012, 02:04:44 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, November 16
Someone recently asked me if Po has become more brave as he has gotten older. Well, yes and no. During his recent birthday celebration he boldly attacked his presents and ice cake -- approaching them on his own while Lun Lun ate bamboo on the other side of the dayroom. This was certainly an improvement over his 1st birthday, when he did not even want to go into the dayroom once he saw all of his birthday items. Po only felt comfortable after Lun Lun inspected the boxes and ice cake.  Now, he also plays with any toys -- new or old -- without fear. However, he still gets spooked easily. One day last week, we were training Lun Lun in the training cage with Po in an adjacent den and when we were moving the cage around (it's kind of noisy), Po barked and climbed up into the tree limb, where he hid until Lun Lun came back into the den with him.  This type of behavior is fairly common in giant pandas, especially young ones. Even Yang Yang spooks easily if he hears an unfamiliar or loud noise.
Heather

Carnivore Keeper III

Monday, November 19
Po has officially and consistently broken the 100-pound mark. As with the adults, he is weighed most mornings (unless he decides not to cooperate). Their morning weights fluctuate from one day to the next just based on how much they eat overnight and how much they ate the day before. For the past month or more, he has been consistently hitting the 46 kilogram mark. Just in the past few weeks, he has reached the 47 kilogram (103.4 pounds) mark for his morning weight and the pandas are generally lighter in the mornings. They can gain up to 10 kilograms or 22 pounds during the day just because of how much bamboo they eat! It’s a bit more difficult to weigh Po in the evening, so who knows how heavy he is after a full day of almost non-stop eating! Soon enough, he will be breaking the 50 kilogram mark!
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 19, 2012, 07:10:25 PM
Maybe Po has an instinctual response to loud, unfamiliar noises .... a good thing I would think ... thank you hermit for the updates :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 21, 2012, 02:30:58 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, November 21
What’s the funniest thing I've seen today? Lun Lun seemingly cuddling with the weeble while she napped this afternoon.  Every day one of these pandas makes me crack up laughing.  Usually it's Po acting like a fool, but the other day it was Yang Yang carrying the plastic bread crate between both dayrooms ...back and forth for no apparent reason!  It's rare when Lun is the reason behind our laughter, but lately she's been having her kooky Lun Lun moments which I thoroughly enjoy!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 22, 2012, 08:32:48 PM
Thanks Hermit.

I must say I'm glad I don't gain 22 pounds in one day like a panda. :eek: I would definitely need very expandable waistbands!  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 23, 2012, 02:04:08 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, November 23
Who knew it would be 70 degrees on Thanksgiving?  For the pandas, this brief heat wave means a little less time in the outdoor habitats and a little more time in their climate-controlled dayrooms in the afternoons.  Still, it’s cool enough for the first part of the day that we’re able to get them outside.  The other day I collected data on Lun Lun while she was with Po in Habitat 2.  It’s been a long time since I’ve watched them in that habitat.  Both of them were happily munching on bamboo for the first part of the session.  Then one of them got up, climbed onto the structure and went to sleep.  Initially, I didn’t even think about it, and assumed that Lun was continuing to eat while Po took a nap.  But I was wrong.  It was Lun who was draped over the structure.  That’s usually Po’s move, so I was surprised to see Lun on the structure.  Her nap didn’t last long, though.  Po decided he was full and that it was time to play with mom.  After some coaxing, Lun agreed.     
Megan Wilson, PhD
Assistant Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 23, 2012, 04:21:30 PM
Cute update... thanks hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 27, 2012, 02:43:03 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, November 26
The past couple of days, we have been having perfect panda weather here in Atlanta. The mornings have been in the 30's warming up to the high 50's in the afternoon. Because of this, the pandas get to spend all day soaking up the outdoors. Because of the limited number of outdoor display habitats, we have to keep one of the pandas in the dayrooms for the day, but they don't seem to mind it as long as the bamboo is fresh and plentiful. We end up rotating all three panda groups in the exhibits, so each panda gets to spend two days outdoors out of every three days.  We even try as best we can to rotate which outdoor yards they spend their day in. By doing this, the pandas all get to spend their days in different places every day.  We also rotate where they are housed at night. Speaking of rotating, the keepers even rotate the positions where we place the bamboo for them in both the indoor and outdoor yards. While our days are run on a pretty strict routine, all of this is done to keep the pandas as well as the keepers from falling into a rut. This all helps keep the pandas guessing where they will be going next and where the bamboo will be. A little mystery in your day is a good thing.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 28, 2012, 02:32:45 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, November 28
Good grief, Po is an eating machine! So far, he has a better appetite for bamboo than both his older brothers, so much so that we recently had to increase the amount of bamboo we offer Po and Lun Lun overnight. We had noticed that Lun Lun's weight was consistently on the low end of ideal in the mornings (although it never got low enough that it merited real concern). She was always eating and eating the bamboo well, so we deduced that Po was probably eating more overnight than we originally figured. After increasing their overnight bamboo amounts from 25 to 28 kilograms, her weight has started to increase. This tells us that the most likely reason for her drop in weight was that her little one was pigging out! We looked back in our records and saw that at around 2 years of age, both Mei Lan and Xi Lan were already weaned and consuming around 3 kilograms of bamboo overnight. This is why we bumped the overnight bamboo number up by 3 kilograms. And it seems to be working! But I wouldn't be a bit surprised if we have to bump it up again because Po's eating so well!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 28, 2012, 09:27:19 PM
... healthy appetite .... very healthy :mhihi: Thanks hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 03, 2012, 02:51:06 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, December 3
Po is trying to steal the "Demolition Panda" nickname from his brother, Xi Lan. The other day while he was playing with one of his toys (a small ball inside a larger ball with holes in it) he somehow managed to get the smaller ball out. This toy has stood up to all the others, even the reigning " Demolition Panda," but little Po put the toy to the test. During a data collection session I noticed that Po was chewing on something. It wasn't bamboo or biscuits. It was small, green and round. We soon realized what it was when we saw the larger ball sitting nearby. Luckily when we shifted him and Lun Lun over to the other dayroom he didn't decide to take his prize with him. When we saw the smaller ball we noticed quite a few teeth marks in it and a few holes, and we figured if Po could do that, then the others could do worse, so we had to throw it out. But when we saw the larger ball, we noticed that it looked much like it did when we gave it to him. There were no extra bite marks, no cracks, no explanation as to how he got the smaller ball out. The smaller ball is just large enough to not fit through any of the holes in the larger ball, so who knows how he did it. It seems as though we have a little magician on our hands.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


Clever boy!!  :innocent:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 05, 2012, 02:14:15 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, December 5
If you have been watching PandaCam lately, you may have noticed that we have been using a different hammock. This hammock is like one that the orangutans use here at Zoo Atlanta and is much lighter and easier to clean than the fire hose hammock. Although it hangs a little lower than the fire hose hammock, the pandas seem to enjoy using it just as much. Especially Po, who believes it is a new toy for him!  Well, guess who broke the new hammock yesterday? Yep, Xi Lan!  To his credit, he didn’t mean to and was quite surprised when it happened. Also, I think Po had loosened it up quite a bit while he was rough-housing with it earlier in the week. Yesterday afternoon, Xi Lan was playing in the dayroom and launched himself into the hammock from the climbing structure as he has done hundreds of times before. The strap gave way and Xi Lan landed not in the bouncy hammock as he expected, but on the floor! He looked around for a few seconds, and then ran on his way, unfazed.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 05, 2012, 09:50:28 PM
Oh poor Xi Lan, he must have been startled when the hammock broke!  :lollol:

Po is very smart to have gotten the little ball out!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 15, 2012, 10:30:04 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, December 7
We are almost ready to use our third, off-exhibit, outdoor habitat. We haven't been able to use it since early last spring mainly because of warm temperatures. As the weather has begun to turn cooler, we have begun preparing that habitat. We cleared out the weeds and the overgrowth from the summer and gave it a thorough raking. We made the necessary alterations and repairs and now all we need is a panda. The pandas seem to really enjoy being out there. It is overgrown with bamboo which the pandas love to demolish and devour. Xi Lan seems to think he receives more attention from us, even though he receives about the same as when he is in any other habitat. The only one who hasn't gone out there yet is little Po. Over the past week or so, Yang Yang has been not-so-subtly hinting that he wants to go over to that habitat. The only way for the pandas to access Habitat 3 is through Habitat 2, the one that is further from the building. Yang has taken to sitting next to the door that leads to Habitat 3. Or he'll pout on the rocks next to the door. If he sees any of us behind Habitat 2, especially if we are walking to Habitat 3, he makes his way to the door and waits. Unfortunately for him, we just recently finished our preparations and haven't yet put him out there. But he will soon get his chance.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores

Monday, December 10
I'd like to take a moment and give some props to the two non-giant panda critters we take care of: Marvin the Reeves's muntjac and Shandy the red panda...collectively known as Marvdy.

Lately they have been training rockstars! Marvin will always do just about anything for a piece of banana year-round (unless he's having a "Marvin moment" where everything, including the banana, is terrifying). Shandy is a little different. Similar to the giant pandas, she is heat-sensitive.  She’s not a big fan of the summer heat during our Georgia summers, which is why she has her own air-conditioned box on exhibit. Thus, during the warm/hot months, she's pretty much ignores us and doesn't move in an effort to stay cool.  However, during the fall, winter, and spring months she morphs into this super food-motivated animal who is known to swat your hand out of the way if you're taking too long to secure her food bowl in her tree (never in an aggressive way, but it's super cute to see her impatience!). She trains for raisins and will do practically anything for one! But there are exceptions...
 
This morning, for example, I was getting her weekly weight. Like a champ, she came right down and hopped right into the tub that covers the scale and allowed me to get her weight. I asked her to leave the tub and return so I could get another weight just to make sure the first one was accurate. She put two paws in the tub, then a third, but wouldn't place that last paw in. It took me a second to figure out what the issue was: she looked from the raisin, to me, to the raisin, and then over to Marvin who had snuck up to see what was going on. He was a couple of feet from Shandy and had apparently breached her personal bubble space, and she wasn't going to budge. I didn't want to shoo Marvin off because that would have scared everybody so I gave up on the second weight and asked Shandy to leave the tub and then rewarded her, so the training session ended on a high note. Now I know I need to make sure Marvin is occupied so he doesn't butt into any more training sessions!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores

Wednesday, December 12
Today we were able to finally let a panda spend the afternoon in our off-exhibit habitat after a few minor last-minute habitat fixes. Yang Yang was the lucky guy who got first pick of the bamboo! We gave him access to Habitat 3 all day from Habitat 2. We were expecting him to head straight there first thing in the morning as it's one of his favorite places.  To our surprise he hung out in Habitat 2 and picked through the fresh bamboo we had placed there before he moseyed his way over to Habitat 3...where he proceeded to spend the rest of the day! It was really cute watching him walk all around the off-exhibit area and smell everything before he settled down and sampled the bamboo that grows in the exhibit like a real wild panda! Of course, in true Yang fashion, he picked bamboo to eat that was smack in the middle of dense patches of bamboo which proved a little difficult for him. But he prevailed every time (after a few annoyed vocalizations, haha!).
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores

Friday, December 14
During lunch yesterday, Xi Lan was in one of the outdoor habitats when he disappeared from view on the camera. So I asked Jen (who was sitting next to the controls) to find him.  She scanned around looking for him briefly and when she found him we burst into laughter. Xi Lan was sitting in the empty pool eating bamboo! Apparently, some of his lunchtime bamboo had fallen into the pool. Instead of reaching in and pulling it out, he just climbed into the pool, made himself comfortable and munched away. I suppose the pool was made for the pandas to sit in, so why not have lunch in there? Xi Lan is such a character!
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on December 15, 2012, 11:25:15 AM
Yep... he loves that bathtub ..... empty pool too  :lollol: Thanks hermit! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 17, 2012, 02:19:24 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, December 17
So today for giant panda enrichment I decided to give Lun Lun, Po, and Xi Lan a hay bed in the dayrooms. Unfortunately Xi Lan did nothing to his all day...bummer. On the other hand, Lun Lun decided to lay down and take her afternoon nap in the hay bed, which made me happy. Po of course had no interest in the hay bed. He was just interested in playing with mom. Silly panda.
Katie
Mammal Keeper I


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on December 17, 2012, 08:33:10 PM
Thank you hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 21, 2012, 02:39:21 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, December 21
In January we will begin the weaning process for Po. This involves gradually increasing the amount of time that Lun Lun and Po spend apart over a two week period. This is the same procedure we used to wean Mei Lan and Xi Lan. If all goes smoothly, which I expect it will, Po will be fully weaned by mid-January. We will monitor Lun Lun and Po throughout the process and make adjustments as needed. We also collect behavioral data before, during, and after weaning. This allows us to objectively assess the animals’ behavioral reactions and to make comparisons across weaning for the different cubs.
 
You might feel sad about the idea of Lun Lun and Po being separated. I will admit that the thought makes me a little sad too, but not because I think weaning is cruel. Weaning is a natural and necessary part of a young mammal’s life. When a young mammal is old enough and experienced enough to live independently it is time for it to be weaned. For many mammals, including giant pandas, weaning is also associated with dispersal (i.e., moving away from the parent to live in another area). Again, this is natural and necessary. The mother has done her job raising her cub to this age and now she needs to invest her time and energy in her next cub. Her dispersing cub needs to learn to live independently and to interact with others of its species to eventually mate and produce offspring.
 
To me weaning is a sign that Po is not a cub anymore. Of course I will miss little Po (even though he has not been little for a long time now) and seeing him with his mother. But I know that he is ready to move on to the next stage in his life and that eventually he will need to leave Zoo Atlanta to have opportunities to mate and make more little Pos. I also know that this is the right thing for Lun Lun. She is great mom and has raised all of her boys well. After Po is weaned, she will likely cycle in the spring. She will be ready to have another cub. Maybe she will have a girl this time.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on December 21, 2012, 04:17:10 PM
Bittersweet times for Lun Lun and Po :nod2: .... a little girl cubby would be nice! :bigsmile: Thanks hermit for the update :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 26, 2012, 02:07:10 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, December 24
As Rebecca mentioned, everyone in PandaLand is gearing up to start the weaning process between Po and Lun Lun. Heather is already a pro at this, as she was a keeper when both Mei Lan and Xi Lan were weaned. But for Shauna and myself, this will be yet another new and exciting part of our job that we get to learn. So we've been busy educating ourselves on the previous weanings and preparing ourselves for what I know will be a lot of observing and data collection! And as Rebecca also mentioned, this is a little bittersweet, but we are very excited to watch Po enter the next stage of his life... not to mention I'm sure Lun Lun will appreciate not having her little shadow steal her bamboo and biscuits/produce! This also means that we will get to prepare and learn about the breeding protocols with giant pandas and hopefully birthing protocols - both of which would be new aspects of our jobs that Shauna and I haven't had the opportunity to learn! And if there's one thing about me to know, it's that I love to learn something new!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on December 26, 2012, 04:11:20 PM
Thanks. hermit.

The weaning process always makes me feel sad, even though Po got to be with his mom longer than most captive pandas.  :sigh2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 29, 2012, 02:37:08 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, December 28
Yesterday I gave Lun Lun and Po access to the off-exhibit habitat. This is the first time Po has had the opportunity to explore this habitat. It is also the first time that both Lun Lun and a cub have been given access to this area. In the past, the cubs were still too young for us to trust that they would shift back in at the end of the day. However, since Po is so food motivated at this stage, he is keen to come in and get fresh biscuits and bamboo. Sadly, Lun Lun and Po only looked at the open door to the habitat and never actually ventured over there. Oh well, maybe next time…
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on December 31, 2012, 02:25:19 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, December 31
On Sunday, Lun Lun and Po had access to our off-exhibit habitat 3 again. This is the one with the naturally growing bamboo forest. If you read Heather's last update, you'll know that the farthest either panda got was peering through the shift door that leads to the enclosed tunnel connecting both habitats.

Not today!

Today Lun Lun ventured all the way into the habitat and started immediately munching on the fresh bamboo while Po remained in habitat 2 and snoozed. After that he woke up and resumed eating the bamboo I had provided earlier. Around 11:30, Lun Lun came back into habitat 2 and attempted to rest, and of course Po wouldn't allow this. Back into habitat 3 she went in an effort to find somewhere to nap and that's when Po followed her! They remained there all day until we needed to lock them back into habitat 2 around 2:30.

Unfortunately, Po enjoyed the super fresh bamboo so much that it took us over 15 minutes of calling him before he decided to mosey his way over.  The tunnel is still pretty scary but he readily shifted into it as long as we had a treat waiting. Getting him into habitat 2 was another story as he walked over there, got spooked and ran back into the tunnel and stopped near where I was standing (on the opposite side of the mesh) at the opposite end.  It took a little coaxing but he and his mom eventually shifted into habitat 2 where they found the fresh bamboo we had placed. I'm really happy Po loves being in habitat 3. I just wish he'd listen a little more often when I'm hollering his name!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on January 02, 2013, 07:48:30 AM
Naughty Po!  :mhihi: :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on January 02, 2013, 10:39:44 AM
Too funny ... they really get a mind of their own early in life  :mhihi: Thanks hermit for the update :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 02, 2013, 02:07:47 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, January 2
HAPPY NEW YEAR from Zoo Atlanta. While 2013 looks full of promise, the weather today in Atlanta does not.  While the pandas all seem to love the weather when it turns cold, they do not particularly enjoy it when it is also raining. Looking at the radar screen as well as out the window, tells me that is all it is going to be doing today. Not wanting to keep the pandas soaked and miserable all day, they have all been relegated to indoor spaces, where they have been relaxing and eating well.  It is supposed to dry out and get cold for the rest of the week, so the pandas will be able to enjoy their outdoor exhibits during that time.  Here are their current weights just in case you were interested: Yang Yang 120.8 kg.  Lun Lun  99.4 kg, Xi Lan 85.9 kg, and Po was 51.5 kg.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on January 02, 2013, 07:06:40 PM
wow .... Xi Lan is catching up weight wise. I bet they will really enjoy the winter sunshine once the rain passes :bigsmile: Thanks hermit for the update :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 04, 2013, 02:03:30 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, January 4
Yesterday we began the first step in Po's weaning process. He and Lun Lun were separated first thing in the morning until after lunch. Lun Lun was a little confused when I shifted her outside without her shadow, but until they were reunited that is the last she thought of Po! She ate and slept and ate and slept without interruption or thievery. Po was also slightly worried about shifting without his mother, but once he saw fresh bamboo and biscuits, he happily ate for about an hour before taking a nap. After lunch, he started looking for Lun Lun, but by that time he didn't have long to wait before they were reunited. So far, it's been a good start for weaning Po.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on January 05, 2013, 01:30:16 PM
Awwhhhh, poor Po  :sigh2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 05, 2013, 02:19:06 PM
Yes, it is always sad.  The next step, I suppose, is to send Xi Lan to China.  :sosad:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on January 05, 2013, 02:53:33 PM
Yes, it is always sad.  The next step, I suppose, is to send Xi Lan to China.  :sosad:

 :crying:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on January 06, 2013, 08:22:42 AM
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Yes, it is always sad.  The next step, I suppose, is to send Xi Lan to China. 

Unfortunately, usually part of the contract with the panda reserve in China.  Our loss and perhaps Xi Lan's gain.  Great opportunity for her to make lots of new friends.    :bigsmile:   :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on January 06, 2013, 10:59:18 AM
MaryG .... thanks for trying to make us feel better. I don't feel better now .... haven't felt better in the past when we lose a beloved Panda that we can't seem to keep track of after a month or two .... but I guess there is always hope to muster a smile as watch the Panda be crated and flown back to China. Traditionally though, it has been a very sad day.... poof, they are gone.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 08, 2013, 02:37:09 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, January 7
Po is doing pretty well with the weaning process and his behavior has been similar to that of his older brothers during weaning. Most of today he was content as long as he had some fresh bamboo and biscuits. But during lunch, he either didn’t like his bamboo or he was missing his mom. He had plenty of toys that he'd play with a bit, but nothing held his attention for long - even extra leafeater biscuits! Maybe it was the bamboo, because when he was reunited with Lun Lun, he chose to continue eating his fresh bamboo rather than approach her. Lun Lun doesn't seem bothered that her cub isn't around, but has been welcoming him back in the afternoons when they've been reunited. The last few days, Po didn’t waste any time chirping, bleating, and parking his rear end right next to his mom. Sometimes he demanded to nurse, other times he wanted to play. Today he was content to continue eating near her and then have a nap.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on January 08, 2013, 09:28:27 AM
Thanks hermit for the update :flower Transitions are tough sometimes .... sound like he is doing ok.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 11, 2013, 02:03:25 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, January 9
We have successfully moved forward to the second phase of Po's weaning process. He handled spending the morning away from Lun Lun exactly as we expected. He ate and then would generally realize he “missed” his mom once his bamboo was depleted. Thankfully we were right there to offer fresh stuff!  Generally speaking, his reaction has been in the middle compared to his brothers. From what I've learned, Mei Lan didn't seem all that concerned during his weaning, whereas Xi Lan had a stronger reaction. Yesterday we moved to the second phase, which involves a longer period of time apart. We're doing our best to make sure Po has plenty of toys and bamboo to keep him occupied and are quite confident that he's going to sail through this with flying colors.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores

Friday, January 11
Po came through the latest separation from Lun Lun with flying colors. There was evidence of much less walking around and much more consumption of bamboo, which are the desired results. That is not saying that he has totally forsaken his mother for his new single life. When I brought him inside this morning to weigh him, he chirped to his mother, who immediately bleated back to him. I soon thereafter opened the doorsbetween them and they were once again reunited. They immediately started vocalizing to each other as well as head rubbing.  Satisfied that he was back, Lun Lun began to walk around the dens, no doubt waiting for me to shift her on exhibit to her new bamboo. Po followed her throughout the dens and was in her hip pocket when I shifted them on exhibit. They sat down together and began eating bamboo, but I guess the thrill of the reunion had passed because after about 15 minutes, Po left his mom and went over by himself in a separate part of the habitat where he ate a little and then took a nap.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_130107_po_ZA_0049.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on January 11, 2013, 06:42:27 PM
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When I brought him inside this morning to weigh him, he chirped to his mother, who immediately bleated back to him. I soon thereafter opened the doors between them and they were once again reunited. They immediately started vocalizing to each other as well as head rubbing.
..... awwwhhh  :bigsmile: :sigh2:

Thanks hermit for the updates :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 15, 2013, 02:54:54 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, January 14
Today marked the beginning of step 3 of the weaning process. Po did seem to miss his mom this morning, but he spent time eating and playing as well. We gave him some extra attention and did an extra training session before lunch just to try to work on strengthening our bond with him. When it was time to reunite Lun Lun and Po, he knew it. She was sound asleep so we decided to bring him to her. When we opened the door they went right to each other and greeted each other. After a couple minutes they noticed their fresh bamboo and biscuits and started eating. Soon enough, he'll get the hang of independent living.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 16, 2013, 02:22:40 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, January 16
So instead of the basic update on how the pandas, especially Po, are doing these days, I have decided to tell ya'll about Yang Yang and Xi Lan. Today, when it was time for the pandas 11 a.m. feeding, we had Yang Yang in Dayroom 1 and Xi Lan in the hallway. There was a keeper access panel (which is basically a window with mesh) between them. Both boys spent time at the window socializing for a few minutes. They bleated at one another, self anointed at the window, and ran around playfully and then returned to the window to see what the other one was doing. It was a lot fun to see them interacting with each other.
Katie
Mammal Keeper I


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on January 16, 2013, 02:49:02 PM
How cute! Thanks hermit! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 18, 2013, 02:33:40 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, January 18
Lun and Po have completed the weaning process and things continue to go smoothly. Po is now an independent young panda and ready to move on to the next stage in his life. But just because Po is no longer housed with Lun, that doesn’t mean he’s completely isolated. If you saw Katie’s update on Wednesday, you already know that the giant pandas sometimes have limited access to each other through a barrier. This means that Po will still be able to see and smell, and sometimes event touch noses, with another giant panda. I suspect that he and Xi Lan will enjoy this type of interaction quite a bit. And let’s not forget that the keepers are still very focused on Po, as they are on all of the giant pandas. The keepers will continue to maintain and develop their bond with Po through training sessions.  So, believe me, he’ll still get plenty of attention. All of us, including the giant pandas, will now switch gears and look forward to breeding season, which is right around the corner.
Megan Wilson, PhD
Assistant Curator of Mammals


 :sigh2:

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_130107_po_lunlun_ZA_0118.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 22, 2013, 02:19:19 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, January 21
Life in PandaLand is pretty packed right now. Having four independent pandas makes routine much more challenging...but I enjoy a challenge so I'm not really complaining. We still find time to bond daily with all of the black-n-whites, especially little Po. So, kudos to all of us! Po is adjusting quite well to his solitary life. He sometimes chirps and bleats when he encounters something that might look or smell like a fellow panda, but that is completely to be expected. He never seems super stressed or unhappy and that's what matters the most.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 23, 2013, 02:58:21 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, January 23
I was reminded recently of my early training sessions with the pandas when I first joined the team.  I would observe a senior staff training the pandas, learn the visual and auditory cues, and the corresponding behavior the panda was supposed to execute.  It seemed simple enough.  
 
And then I got a shot at it.  
 
The pandas, all of them, pretty much just stared at me and/or gave a pathetic attempt at the behavior I was asking for.  I know my cues were spot on, so what was the issue?  In a word: relationship. I was still developing a relationship with each panda, and they had never participated in a training session with me.  Naturally, they were going to see if they could get away with doing the least amount of work to get the reward - they were testing me!  Through perseverance each panda and I got over this hurdle fairly quickly once they realized I was just like every other keeper and wasn't going to let them slack off (of course they always have the option to walk away from a training session and they still do that occasionally).
 
Today I was working on some advanced behaviors with Yang Yang in prep for the upcoming breeding season.  They're considered 'advanced' because they aren't used on a daily basis like the 'maintenance' behaviors are. We had never work these cues/behaviors together and once again, even though he's usually awesome with the maintenance behaviors, he tested me on each advance behavior I asked.  A couple of times I asked for a simple "target" and he rolled over onto his back presenting himself for a completely different behavior, which has a cue that’s very different from a "target" cue. He wasn't purposefully being difficult.  He knew, because of the location we were training at, the eventual behavior I was going to ask for and wanted to just go ahead and get in that position to get the reward he knew was coming.  However, I wanted him to remain focused on what I was asking for at the moment, not what he knew I'd eventually ask for.  But just like our early training sessions, he quickly came around and by the end of the session he was doing exactly what I was asking and his focus was on me, not the reward.  The moral of the story: This is all completely to be expected and a keeper is always developing his/her relationship and trust of the critters with which they work.  Apparently Yang still thinks his charm can overpower anything!  
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on January 23, 2013, 08:16:07 PM
 :lollol: .... smart AND charming Panda .... charm never hurts :wink2: Thanks for the updates hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 25, 2013, 02:24:55 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, January 25
Last week, Po participated in his first Wild Encounter.  We have not used Po in the past for a few reasons, but mainly because feeding Po and Lun Lun together is a difficult task even for those of us with experience doing it.  Also, Po is proficient with only 5 of the 20+ behaviors that his parents know, so the training demonstration of the encounter is not as exciting with him.  (He is learning quickly, though!)  However, now that Po is an independent panda, I decided to try him out with a small group last week.  He did really well!  He wasn’t nervous about taking biscuits from strangers (another concern since he is sometimes startled easily). He sailed through the behaviors he knows and ate bamboo quietly when he was not being fed biscuits.  Then we ran out of biscuits…. Uh oh.  The begging began! Thankfully, we were at the end of the encounter, so we quickly shifted him back out into the habitat with fresh bamboo where he happily ate until full.  We will continue to use Po with small groups as long as he remains comfortable during the encounters.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on January 28, 2013, 02:19:26 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, January 28
I guess now that Po doesn't have his mother to pester all the time, he has to have something else to release his pent up energy. We have facilitated this by offering him many different enrichment items throughout the day ranging from feeder balls, and puzzle toys, to the big yellow plastic car. If you have watched PandaCam for a while you will know that all the pandas will sometimes just go "all out" in play mode for a while. Play mode usually consists of running, rolling, throwing bamboo, climbing, jumping, and throwing around all the toys they currently have.
 
Today, it seemed that none of the offered enrichment items would do the trick for him. In this play bout, Po was primarily focused on the hammock strung up on the climbing structure in the dayroom, and he did something that none of the other bears have been able to do. Throughout his ramblings, Po would climb up on the structure and leap into the hammock. While there he would roll around and then tumble out of the hammock onto the ground. He did this many times today, and on one attempt, he actually snapped one of the firehose support straps. I don't know if you have every held some firehose, but let me tell you that it is some strong stuff.  With the one support severed, half of the hammock was merely resting on the ground. You would think that this would deter Po from wanting to leap into the hammock anymore, but you would be wrong. He simply would go to the corner opposite the broken one and take his leap into the hammock where he would hit in the center and roll, actually using it like a slide. While at the bottom, he would take the severed ends of the firehose in his mouth and shake it around like a rag doll.  This new element was great fun for him and it prolonged his play bout for quite some time, repeating the process of climbing and jumping over and over. In the end, he finally had enough and climbed up into the climbing structure, collapsing into his normal napping spot. He didn't move for quite some time after that.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


I wish I had seen this.  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 01, 2013, 02:02:45 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, February 2
The pandas have been ravenous lately! No matter how much we feed them, they are not getting full. It’s understandable: Yang Yang is bulking up for breeding season; Po and Xi Lan are growing boys; and Lun Lun, well, she is always like this! This week, we have been able to offer one of the pandas’ favorite bamboos – rivercane (Arundinaria gigantea). Rivercane is actually native to North America. It is a rare treat for our pandas, though, because they will only eat it during the coldest weeks of the year. If our bamboo guys harvest it before we have had a really good cold snap, the pandas will not eat it. Since it doesn’t get really cold here often, we can only offer it occasionally during January and February. Last year, it never got cold enough, so it has been at least two years since the pandas have had rivercane. In fact, this is the first time Po has ever had rivercane – last time we offered it, he was still a tiny cub. The pandas prefer to culm the rivercane, and since it has very small leaves and a long stem, the pandas can access much more culm than they can with other species of bamboo, they have finally been getting full.
Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on February 01, 2013, 02:39:42 PM
I know hermit .... I would have loved to have seen Po in the yellow plastic car :mhihi:

.... the pandas sure love their bamboo  :nod2:

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIFS%20II/Pandawithbamboo_zps835546b4.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 04, 2013, 01:51:31 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, February 4
A guest participating in a Wild Encounter recently asked me if Po has lost any weight because when he was with Lun Lun he would steal bamboo that she prepped. Actually it's completely the opposite! He has gained weight. His morning weight has been on a steady incline. Currently he's around 56 kg (123 lbs)! He is a bamboo eating machine. And due to his age and weight his allotment of biscuits and sweet potatoes has been increased as well. The reason he would steal Lun's bamboo is not because he couldn't prepare the culm (stalk) himself, but because it was much easier to just take it from Lun as she had already done all the hard work. Animals will often try to find the easiest and least physically taxing ways to do things.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 06, 2013, 02:34:38 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, February 6
The conversations Po and Xi Lan have been having through the tiny window in the training panel between the outdoor habitats are adorable. Xi Lan usually bleats and Po barks at first until he realizes it's a friend and then proceeds to chirp.  If they continue to show friendly behaviors towards each other, we will give them some time adjacent to each other with the howdy window exposed between the outdoor habitats. This is a mesh panel that we normally keep covered with a solid door. We can raise the solid door to expose the mesh and allow the animals to see and hear each other as well as have limited tactile access through the mesh.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 09, 2013, 02:01:30 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, February 8
Lun Lun had a routine ultrasound procedure today. At this time of year, these are done mainly to maintain her training. She did great as usual, holding the position for over 10 minutes. Dr. Sam Rivera, who normally performs the ultrasound procedures, joked that his arm usually gets tired before Lun Lun tires of holding still. Today was good practice for the busy year to come. Assuming that Lun Lun cycles this spring, we will be doing regular sonography after her cycle to monitor changes in her uterus and to try to detect pregnancy. The procedures are done weekly in the earlier part of a potential pregnancy, and then increase to nearly daily in the later period.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on February 09, 2013, 05:16:22 PM
.... fingers crossed that we might see a little cubby at Zoo Atlanta this year :pray2 Thank you hermit for the updates :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 12, 2013, 02:27:11 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, February 11
Last night when I was setting up the pandas for the night, I had Yang Yang in Dayroom 1 with his dinner and Xi Lan in the hallway that runs next to the dayroom. In the door to the dayroom there is a keeper access panel. When Xi Lan was given access to the hallway, he went right to the panel to see who was in the dayroom. After a couple of bleats from Xi Lan, Yang came to the door. After a bit of smelling and some bleating (mostly on Xi Lan's part), there was a small bit of playing. They were playfully nipping at each other's paws and bleating and smelling each other. I walked away for a moment and when I turned back I saw Xi Lan rolling and biting his tail, which is how he plays. Yang was self-anointing at the window with Xi's scent. After about 5-10 minutes of this, Yang walked away to eat his dinner. For the rest of the time I was there, Xi Lan would go over to the window, bleat a bit then walk away and eat a little.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 14, 2013, 02:54:01 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, February 13
The pandas are eating a tremendous amount of bamboo right now! For all four bears in a 24-hour period we are offering around 150 kg of bamboo. Of that 150 kg, we are cleaning up around 90-100 kg of remnants (discarded pieces, shards, etc.) each day. Overnight, each panda is eating 6-10 kg of bamboo – including Po! As you can imagine, with all of that eating comes lots and lots of feces.  We are picking up about 150 piles of feces weighing over 60 kg per day! Who knew just four pandas could create such a huge amount of waste! Fortunately, we are able to compost both the leftover bamboo and the feces. All of the leftover bamboo goes into a large dumpster that gets emptied once per week by a local tree company that turns it into mulch. The feces are collected in a separate dumpster with the elephant feces which gets composted. 
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


150 piles!  60kg!  :eek:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 20, 2013, 03:17:57 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, February 20
Our red panda, Shandy, has been showing signs that breeding season is in the air. Red panda breeding season is usually from January to March. The behaviors we typically see from Shandy during this time are scent marking and lots of walking around on the ground. Red pandas spend most of their time in trees, so it is unusual (and kind of amusing!) to see Shandy walking on the ground so often. Shandy started exhibiting breeding season behaviors a little later than she usually does this year. We assume this is due to her age; she will be 13 years old in June and is considered to be post-reproductive, which is why she does not have a mate here. We do not know if she continues these behaviors every year out of habit or if she still has a hormonal drive. Either way, we always monitor her behavior closely during this time.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on February 20, 2013, 06:23:31 PM
Whew .... that is a LOT of compost! Bet the plants grow like mad :mhihi:

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileystinkyholdnose_zpscedf89db.jpg)

... thanks hermit for the updates :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 22, 2013, 02:17:25 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, February 22
We are preparing for giant panda breeding season. So far, Lun Lun is not showing any behavioral changes indicative of estrus. We are monitoring her behavior and will soon be sending out the first batch of urine samples for hormonal assay. Po has adjusted well to life on his own. This morning I watched him methodically eat a very large diameter piece of yellow groove bamboo. It’s impressive to see how strong he is and how proficient he is. It takes great strength and skill to handle, break, and strip a large bamboo culm. He seemed to be enjoying it very much. I expect he took a long nap after all that eating.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on February 26, 2013, 02:18:05 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, February 25
Time to mention one of the other animals on the panda routine, Shandy the red panda. It is red panda breeding season and Shandy is going through all the motions, even if she doesn't have a mate. Now is the time of year when she surveys her territory to ensure that there aren't any other females with which she has to compete and to alert males in the area that she is nearing her cycle. Each morning, and probably through most of the night, she meticulously scours every inch of her exhibit for any signs of another red panda. She has also been quite the eater lately. Before we have a chance to put her biscuit bowl in it's place, she is there trying to grab her grapes. She has also been very interested in training and now is the time of year where we try to do as much training as possible.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 04, 2013, 02:00:22 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, March 4
So for the past week we have had some crazy weather here at Zoo Atlanta. One day it’s 65 degrees and in a matter of hours we have snow flurries falling to the ground. Well we decided to put the pandas outside because they don't get to experience snow hardly at all. We thought that they would enjoy seeing the snow fall ever so gently to the ground. But no, instead as always they were just interested in what they have to eat. Oh well, maybe next time they will enjoy being out in the snow.
Katie
Mammal Keeper 1


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on March 04, 2013, 10:32:02 PM
I don't blame them ... I would be more interested in food too  :wink2: :mhihi: ... thanks hermit for the update :flower

.... I miss BOP .... have I just been missing her posts? :puzzled2: Hope everything is well with her :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 05, 2013, 02:46:07 AM
I've been wondering about BOP, too.  I checked, and her last post in the panda threads was February 4, but she did post on another thread February 24.

BOP, please let us know that you are all right.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 06, 2013, 02:06:43 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, March 6
All of the pandas are doing very well.  Everyone is a eating machine right now!  We are hopeful that Lun Lun will cycle soon so we can begin breeding intros between her and Yang Yang.  Po is Po - cute as ever.  I have noticed that over the past couple of months, Xi Lan has become very interested in sniffing everything when we shift him through an area where another panda has been.  He does this all day, but he's very thorough in the mornings.  I think it's a perfect reflection of his growing up.  He is over 4 years old now and is becoming more interested in the world around him rather than just playing.  He's growing up so fast!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on March 06, 2013, 10:55:09 PM
BOP, please let us know that you are all right.

Thanks for thinking about me, Chris and hermit, and JudyB for alerting me to your posts. I've been rehearsing a play "Our Town" that I have a small role in, which, along with work and family, has taken me away from the computer quite a bit. The show runs March 21 to April 7 - after which I should be back online more often.  :huggie

Perhaps by then Yang and Lun will be in a romantic mood... :heart0:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 07, 2013, 02:54:00 AM
Thank you for checking in, BOP.  It's good to hear that all is well with you.  :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 11, 2013, 01:13:08 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, March 11
I haven't been in the giant panda building for a while, but it doesn't appear that much of anything has changed. I am happy to say that the pandas are all eating their bamboo very well, and then they are all napping very well.  That not may sound very exciting, but these are the exact behaviors that the panda keepers strive to achieve on a daily basis. A panda that is eating and resting well is one that is not stressed or upset about anything. In addition to the feedings, we are still offering them all of the enrichment items we can think of, as well as having them run through several training sessions per day. This helps keep them mentally sharp and also keeps them guessing about what is coming next. In the coming weeks as Lun Lun comes closer to entering estrus, we expect the pandas to slow down on their eating and concentrate more on breeding. This is the one time of year that we don't really worry about them not eating a bunch. At this stage, they will all, probably with the exception of Po, spend more time walking through their yards, smelling, and scent marking everything.  These are normal behaviors that we see every breeding season. In the wild, the females will be scent marking everything in their home range, and all the males from the surrounding areas will be on the move to try and find that female. The males will also be scent marking everything to signify that they are there and that other males shouldn't enter that area. To help solicit these behaviors, all the pandas are routinely rotated throughout all of the exhibits, dayrooms, and night dens.  This allows them to get a different scent practically every day, which they will normally just cover up with their own mark, which in turn will be covered up again by another panda the following day. Once breeding season is over, the pandas will revert back to their old ways of simply eating a bunch and sleeping a bunch. At least that is what the keepers hope they will do.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on March 12, 2013, 11:25:13 AM
BOP .....Silly of me not to have remembered that this is your time of year for performance at the Ladysmith Theater :blush2:

Our Town? .... super play!!!!!! I am so excited for you! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyhappydancecircleround_zps19fee79d.gif)

Have a great performance!!!! (get someone to take your picture ... we would love to see you in costume!)

Break a Leg!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 13, 2013, 01:09:14 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, March 13
Welcome to a special edition of Zoo Atlanta's panda update! I have news on Mei Lan! I have recently heard from someone who works closely with Mei Lan in Chengdu, so I thought I'd let all of his fans know how he is doing. Apparently, Mei Lan has really blossomed into a superstar trainee! It sounds like he takes after his daddy, Yang Yang. Mei Lan is calm and enjoys working with his trainer. He is so good at training that he is often used for training demonstrations and as a test subject for potential new behaviors. I am so proud to hear about Mei Lan's success in training. I'd like to think that he got a good foundation here at Zoo Atlanta! 
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


 :love:

It's still hard for me to think of Mei Lan as a "he".



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 16, 2013, 03:20:21 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, March 15
Xi Lan and Po had an exciting day on Wednesday. We put them together for some social time. Giant panda subadults are more social than adults. They have been found to associate with each other occasionally in the wild, and breeding centers in China often house subadults together. So, we decided to try putting the brothers together to see if they would enjoy each other’s company. I think it was a good experience for Xi Lan, but not for Po. Xi Lan spent much of the time draped over his brother and biting him. Xi Lan was gentle (for a bear) and playful. But I think Po felt overwhelmed and he became defensive. Xi Lan wasn’t good about taking cues from Po to back off. So, after about 40 minutes, we distracted the boys with food and separated them. Given Po’s less than positive reaction, we are not planning to put them together again. We did get some cute pictures of the two of them together.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_xilan_po_SD_9434.jpg) (http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_xilan_po_SD_9407.jpg)

I wonder if they showed this on the cam?  I would love to have seen it.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on March 17, 2013, 12:12:48 PM
It's still hard for me to think of Mei Lan as a "he".

... me too hermit :nod2:

Adorable pics of Xi Lan and Po :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on March 17, 2013, 03:39:36 PM
Thanks for the updates, hermit!  I am a bit surprised that they aren't going to try another visit for Xi Lan and Po after a bit of time has passed - though I suppose I'm an optimist and hope they'd be a bit less excited and maybe Xi Lan would be less interested in playing too roughly with Po, while they keepers must be careful - and they could both be more assertive the next time.  Still, I am curious what the two will do the next time they are where they can smell each others markings.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 18, 2013, 01:18:44 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, March 18
Today while we were setting up Po's dayroom, I decided to give him two types of scents for his enrichment. The first was cinnamon and the second was vanilla extract. I placed the scents on two toys for him, and after shifting him out into the dayroom, he immediately started to play with the two scented toys. He played so much that he ended up exhausting himself within about 20 to 30 minutes and then proceeded to take a nap, as pandas do.
Katie
Mammal Keeper I


I found this video that smileybears posted on YouTube.  It isn't of Xi Lan and Po together outdoors, but they are meeting at the howdy door.  It's very cute.   :love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii0yd0T10uc


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 22, 2013, 01:13:53 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, March 22
We wrapped up a very brief giant panda breeding cycle early this morning. Lun Lun started showing signs of estrus (i.e., the period of hormonal and behavioral change leading up to and surrounding ovulation) on March 14. Hormone assays revealed that she ovulated sometime overnight March 20 or very early morning March 21. That means her estrous cycle was 7-8 days in length which is unusually short. The normal cycle length for giant pandas is 10-14 days. Timing giant panda reproduction is tight for a normal cycle, and so this one was especially challenging. As in previous years, Lun Lun and Yang Yang showed very little interest in mating. Thus, we did one artificial insemination procedure last night and another artificial insemination procedure early this morning. We were assisted again this year by Dr. David Kersey from Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Kersey is an expert in giant panda endocrinology and assisted us with the timing of artificial insemination procedures in 2006, 2008, and 2010. All of these resulted in the birth of healthy cubs. We were also assisted again by Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer from Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute. Dr. Aitken-Palmer is an expert in giant panda reproductive physiology and has assisted us with semen collection and artificial insemination procedures since 2006. We also usually have the assistance of a reproductive physiologist from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. However, because this cycle was so short, our colleague Mr. Liu Yuliang was not able to arrive in time.

We are hopeful that our efforts will result in the birth of another healthy cub later this year!
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals




Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 25, 2013, 01:13:47 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, March 25
As the days go on, Xi Lan is acting more and more like an adult panda. When shifted him into an area where another panda has been, he spends a good amount of time smelling everything. That has been especially the case in this past week. As I'm sure many of you know, Lun Lun was in estrus last week. We had an endocrinologist spend hours doing hormone assays on her urine samples to determine this, but Yang Yang and Xi Lan both knew just by smelling her urine and scent mark areas. Every time Xi Lan was moved to a room that Lun Lun had previously been in, his nose covered every inch of ground. He might still be too young to be reproductively mature, but he definitely has those adult hormones beginning to course through his system. His cub side still shows up from time to time however. This morning for example, when he came inside so we could clean his dayroom, he noticed that there was a horse ball hanging in the den he was in. Xi Lan, being in a playful mood, grabbed the ball and would not let go. He was hanging from it and spinning around in circles. He grabbed it with his mouth and his paws. The fun lasted almost the whole time we cleaned the dayroom! He's growing up fast but he still knows how to have fun.
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on March 25, 2013, 03:02:45 PM
Thank you hermit for the updates  :flower ..... a new cubby would indeed be wonderful! :bigsmile:

Also nice to know that Xi Lan has not lost his boyish behavior :wink2: :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on March 29, 2013, 01:06:35 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, March 29
Yesterday was picture-perfect panda weather here in Atlanta. The morning started out sunny with temperatures in the 30's. Due to this, we like to get the pandas outside on exhibit as soon as possible so they can enjoy the cool weather. I put Xi Lan and Po in the outdoor habitats and let the parents relax in the dayrooms. When I put the boys out, they went straight to eating their bamboo. After about an hour and a half they were both winding down from eating breakfast and decided to explore the rest of the yard.  The "howdy" door was open between the habitats, and it didn't take long for both of them to end up there. There they sat, nose to nose, for upwards of another 45 minutes. The only thing that broke up their panda party was us showing up with some more bamboo and some biscuits, and what panda wants to sit with his brother when more food is available. We continued to monitor them throughout the day, but I never saw them go back to the howdy. The rest of the day was filled with more eating and of course sleeping.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 01, 2013, 01:51:27 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 1
I hope everyone had a good Easter! We celebrated the day with lots of novel enrichment provided to all the animals here at Zoo Atlanta. Our pandas enjoyed their enrichment just as much as everyone else.  There were a variety of items we offered the giant pandas, red panda, and Reeves' muntjac. These included: colorful cardboard paper links, papier-mâché eggs filled with leafeater biscuits, painted cardboard Easter baskets, and Jell-o eggs! The links and boxes and papier-mâché eggs were fun for the animals to destroy. Everyone ignored their Jell-o eggs, but that was to be expected. Maybe one of these days they'll play with the eggs!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/easter2013_enrichment_panda_po_SE.jpg)

I wish they would video these festivities and post them.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 08, 2013, 01:37:31 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 8
There hasn't been much new that is going on in pandas right now. With the weather warming up our bears are starting to let us know when it is getting too hot for them to stay outside. So what we do is bring them inside so that they can cool off. Lun Lun and Yang Yang are the two pandas that appreciate this the most.

That's all there is for today. Stay tuned to see what we have in store for next week.
Katie
Mammal Keeper I


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 10, 2013, 01:02:20 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, April 10
This is a busy week at the Zoo, because many local schools have Spring Break. The giant pandas are unfazed by the additional guests. They simply carry on with their normal pattern of eating and sleeping. We are looking forward to bamboo shoot season starting soon. Bamboo shoots are an absolute favorite of the pandas. We like watching the pandas sit back and enjoy munching on juicy shoots, which appear far more palatable than the tough, fibrous bamboo parts they normally ingest.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 12, 2013, 01:27:12 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, April 12
Things were a little soggy this morning in the giant panda exhibits. I’m sure you’ve read in previous posts that our pandas aren’t real keen on rain. In general, they also aren’t fond of muddy conditions, either.  On my way to take care of Marvin the muntjac and Shandy the red panda this morning, I checked to see what lucky panda had been chosen to spend some time outside. We know better than to put Yang or Lun outside when it’s wet; sometimes they just don’t settle down and eat as well. But the other two tolerate a muddy morning, like it was this morning, a lot better. Sure enough, Po was perfectly happy outside, mowing through his bamboo. Given that summer temperatures are almost here, he was smart to take advantage of the cool morning, even though he got a little muddy.
Megan Wilson, PhD
Assistant Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 16, 2013, 01:23:43 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 15
You might notice that the leafeater biscuits the pandas have been receiving lately don’t look like they normally do. Usually, the leafeater biscuits (supplemental nutritional cookies if you will) are small, red rectangular biscuits we offer the pandas to ensure they are getting a healthy diet. The company that makes these is in the process of relocating so for a short time we won't have access to this variety.  Instead, we have gotten ground-up biscuit crumbles that, with a little diluted apple juice, we've formed into biscuit balls. It's still the exact same product; they just look a little different now.

The adult pandas have had biscuit balls before, but they're relatively new to the boys.  Everyone was a little wary of the balls at first (pandas HATE to deviate from the norm), but after spicing the balls up with mashed-up banana they took right to them. Mashing up bananas is a bit of a pain, and we're already on a super tight schedule, so we introduced the diluted apple juice (instead of plain water and banana), and this is just as palatable!
 
While I kinda enjoy playing chef during the day, I'll be happy to get back to our norm with the normal leafeater biscuits! But as long as the pandas don't care, I'll indulge my culinary alter-ego, he he.
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 23, 2013, 01:00:15 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 22
It's arrow (Pseudosasa japonica) season again! Arrow is a bamboo that the pandas tend to love in late spring and summer. It is really long and mostly culm with just a few leaves. Generally the pandas destroy it top to bottom and it takes less to fill them up, therefore we use less. It makes a huge mess but we have happy pandas. But of course being pandas they are quite picky. Some of the recent harvests have not been too great by panda standards. They'll eat about half a bundle we provide and decide that the other half is inedible. Sometimes the pandas are so tough to please!
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 27, 2013, 01:24:08 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, April 26
Today I collected behavioral data on Yang Yang. He was eating arrow bamboo in one of the dayrooms and seemed be enjoying it very much. Then he stopped eating and appeared to be listening for a few minutes. He must have heard a sound that was alarming to him, because he snorted several times. This is a common reaction when a giant panda is startled or alarmed. Then he climbed onto the climbing structure, snorted a few more times while looking around, and then started honking. A honk is a normal giant panda vocalization which sounds a bit like a goose honk. Giant pandas sometimes make this sound after being alarmed, like Yang was. They also sometimes make it for no apparent reason while resting. It’s usually repeated for several minutes. After a few minutes, Yang put his head down and rested while honking. After about 10 minutes he stopped honking and fell asleep. Although I was in the same building as Yang during all of this, I did not hear or smell anything unusual that preceded his reaction. There are some sounds and smells that we know will cause this reaction in the giant pandas and some of these are specific to individual pandas. For example, Yang will react like this to the sound of a chainsaw. So, if a tree needs to be trimmed near the panda building, the keepers will put Yang in an area where the noise will be muffled.  But occasionally, like today, I witness this behavior when there is no obvious cause. It always makes me wonder what the animal sensed that I didn’t. Yang was fine of course. After a short nap, he climbed down and resumed eating. And I am left to wonder what all the fuss was about.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on April 30, 2013, 12:50:21 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, April 29
Po is just like his dad in so many ways. All of the cubs have taken on physical traits found in their dad. For example, Xi Lan is developing his dad's large ears, and Po is developing that chiseled face that Yang has.  Po also likes to "multi-task" as does his father. When nature calls (of the fecal variety), most of our pandas will usually get up and walk away from their bamboo to relieve themselves. Not Yang! He doesn't believe in wasting precious time and simply lowers his tail and poops while eating bamboo. It's comical to watch because he clearly doesn't see anything wrong with this behavior we humans deem inappropriate by our personal standards. Much to our surprise, little Po has followed in these same footsteps. I have noticed that when spending time in the off-exhibit dens, Po is far more likely to "multi-task" than when in the dayrooms or outside. Speaking of poop, the quantity and size of Po's feces are a hot topic amongst us primary panda keepers. We are astonished with how well he eats bamboo (compared to both of his brothers at the same age) and how much he poops! He eats better than Xi Lan is currently eating! Wow!
Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :lollol:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on April 30, 2013, 10:54:39 AM
Funny how the keepers analyze everything ... the scientific way ... even with regard to feces :nod2: :bigsmile: Sounds like Po is really doing wonderful! :thumbsup1:

Thanks hermit for all of the updates! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 01, 2013, 01:37:07 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, May 1
Recently the keepers removed one of the resting places in Shandy the red panda's exhibit.  This particular item was a milk crate that was covered in burlap.  It's one of Shandy's favorite places to hang out, but it was really in  need of replacing. The keepers removed the burlap and on the way through the giant panda building, showed it to each of the pandas. Some of their reactions were pretty intense!  For example, when Yang Yang took a big whiff of the burlap, he rapidly backed up, almost like he was trying to get away from it. He also snorted. Po reacted somewhat similarly, like he didn't really want anything to do with the burlap. Xi Lan and Lun Lun were a bit more relaxed about it, but were certainly interested in the smells. I don't think we've ever given the giant pandas anything that had been with Shandy for an extended period of time. Given Yang's reaction, his encounter with the burlap may not have been entirely positive, but it gives us something to think about in terms of enrichment in the future.
Megan Wilson, PhD
Assistant Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 07, 2013, 01:11:50 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, May 6
 It's official! Po has hit the 70 kg. (154 lbs.) mark! He is just an eating machine! As many of you know, we give the pandas fresh bamboo 5-6 times a day. Po can sometimes keep busy with his morning bamboo until after lunch, whereas the others get fresh stuff before lunch. He will devour every last piece of it. Just within the past few mornings he has hit this weight milestone. He is still not firmly past the 70 kg. mark, but he's getting there.

Xi Lan, by the way, is well-rooted in the mid 90 kg. (low 200 lbs.) range.
Shauna
 Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on May 07, 2013, 11:59:18 AM
He's getting to be a big boy! :nod2: :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 08, 2013, 12:53:24 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, May 8
Last week when I was collecting behavioral data on Po, he moaned at Lun Lun several times. They were in adjacent outdoor habitats and he moaned at her through a gap in the door that covers the training panel between the habitats. Giant pandas use moaning as a defensive vocalization. It tells the other panda to move away. If the other panda doesn’t move away, moaning will escalate into more aggressive vocalizations, like barking and growling. I was surprised to hear Po moan at Lun Lun. She normally moans at her cubs within about a month of weaning. That is normal for a mother because her offspring should be independent at that point. They need to move away from her so that she can focus on preparing for her next cub. Lun Lun’s previous cubs always vocalized affiliatively to her after weaning even if she moaned at them. They chirped and whined at her which are friendly vocalizations used to encourage approach. Xi Lan still chirps and whines to Lun Lun. Not Po. Moaning at his mom is a strong indicator that he has moved on and is fully independent.  
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 11, 2013, 12:36:32 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, May 10
 It may have been mentioned before, but I wanted to mention again that this is the pandas’ favorite season. This is the time of year when the bamboo starts shooting. Bamboo is essentially a type of grass that has roots or rizomes that run in every direction.  New bamboo stalks erupt from these rizomes in the form of shoots and grow faster than you can believe. These shoots can grow over six feet in less than a week. These shoots are one of, if not the favorite food items and the pandas will eat just about as many of them as we can provide. Pandas in the wild will generally eat only shoots this time of year. Some pandas will consume well over 50 lbs. of shoots in one day. As we do not have enough shoots to offer them exclusively, the pandas are also being offered their normal allotment of bamboo as usual. They enjoy getting the fresh bamboo, but will immediately ignore it when shoots are presented. Each panda is typically getting around 5 kg. of various species shoots per day. The keepers also have been cutting some shoots from Zoo grounds and offering that as well. We need to take advantage of the season as much as we can, because before you know it, all the shoots will just be regular bamboo and the pandas will have to wait another year.

Kenn Harwood
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


I like bamboo shoots, too.  :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 16, 2013, 01:33:59 PM
Wednesday, May 15

Today's update is a sad one, I'm afraid. Yesterday, we lost our beautiful red panda, Shandy; she was 12 years old. I first met Shandy when she arrived at Zoo Atlanta in late 2008.  In those first few months, Shandy was aloof to put it mildly. She avoided us at all costs and would glare at us from the top of her tree any time we entered the exhibit.  We keepers spent many months trying to be an innocuous presence -- often just sitting in her exhibit quietly -- so she would become accustomed to us. Eventually, our perseverance paid off. She would come down and eat some fresh bamboo while we were still in the exhibit.  And one day, it happened -- she took a raisin from my hand!  Granted, I was stretching out my arm as far as I possibly could, but she still took it! Gradually, she became an eager trainee, when her mood and the weather allowed. Just recently, I was able to train her for body measurements, during which she had to stand right next to me while I used a tape measure on her. She was always an independent spirit and everything she did with us was on her own terms, but I think that is what I loved so much about her. I was always proud of every step she took towards a cooperative relationship with her keepers. Shandy will always be one of my favorite animals.  I was truly honored to have cared for her and to have been among the few that she trusted. She will be greatly missed by all of us that knew her.

Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper III


 :sosad:

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/redpanda_shandy_ZA_69552.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 16, 2013, 09:32:45 PM
aaww Hermit - what a sweet picture. :heart0: Rest in peace, Shandy.  :crying: I wonder if 12 years is a normal lifespan for a red panda - or if she died young of some illness?


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 17, 2013, 12:33:28 AM
I found this information on a site called Animal Diversity Web.

•Range lifespan
Status: wild14 (high) years
•Typical lifespan
Status: wild 8 to 10 years
•Average lifespan
Status: captivity13.4 years


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on May 17, 2013, 06:30:44 PM
Thanks, hermit. So I assume Shandy probably died of natural causes, although a little younger than the average captive red panda.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 22, 2013, 01:46:56 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, May 22
Lun Lun has been eating voraciously and has put on some weight in recent weeks. I tend to see this as a good sign that she might possibly be pregnant. I don’t have data to back this up and it’s probably just wishful thinking on my part, but in the early months of her past gestations she seemed to be ravenous. Time will tell. Recent hormone results show that she is in the first phase of her pregnancy/pseudopregnancy. Lun Lun’s urine samples are being assayed regularly by Dr. David Kersey from Western University of Health Sciences. He has done Lun Lun’s assays in all of her previous pregnancies. These hormone data won’t tell us if Lun Lun is pregnant or not. But the information does narrow down the possible birth window, which is very helpful. I have my fingers crossed that Lun Lun’s hearty appetite is truly a good sign.

Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 28, 2013, 01:43:55 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, May 24
I am constantly surprised by how strong the giant pandas are. This is true of even little 2 and a half year old Po, who I guess isn't really that little any more (72 kg). In one of the dens where Po spent the night, there is a rather large log that is attached to the mesh barrier with carabineers. When I set him up for the night I put some of his bamboo on top of the log. The next morning I came in and somehow there was some bamboo wedged under the log and the log had been moved a foot or so. Simple solution, pick up log and remove bamboo, right? Wrong! Turns out that the log is really heavy! I tried a couple times to lift the log just enough to kick the bamboo out to no avail. So then I tried to push the log; it barely moved. Finally, I had to just yank the bamboo out from underneath the log. He is only 2 1/2 years old, when did he become so strong?

Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on May 30, 2013, 01:10:02 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, May 29
The giant pandas haven't been very fond of the bamboo this week. It has been hot and dry for the past week or so, and this is evidently transferred to the flavor of the bamboo. We are currently using three species of bamboo, bisetti (Phyllostachys bisetti), henon (P. nigra henon), and arrow bamboo (Pseudosasa japonica). They are eating each species ok, but not to the degree that we would like them to. During these times, it is nice to have something to fall back on. Luckily, we are at the tail end of bamboo shooting season, and there are still some shoots at our disposal. The only species with shoots we are using right now is henon. They are very large shoots, and the pandas love them. Normally, one shoot will tide over a panda for quite some time. I hope the flavor of the bamboo changes to the good soon, because these shoots won't last too much longer.

Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on May 30, 2013, 01:27:56 PM
Thank you hermit for the updates! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 06, 2013, 12:26:09 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, June 5
So far, Lun Lun is not showing any behavioral changes indicating that she is entering the second phase of pregnancy/pseudopregnancy. Her appetite and activity levels are normal. When she enters the second stage, her progestins will increase dramatically, and her appetite and activity will decrease dramatically. Eventually, she will stop going on exhibit and will spend most of her time resting in her den. We use her behavior and hormonal information to determine when to start monitoring her overnight for a possible birth. Based on her behavior now, I think we are still several weeks away from beginning overnight monitoring. Her next set of urine samples will be assayed next week. So, stay tuned for those results.

Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on June 06, 2013, 10:10:56 AM
... hoping for a change in her behavior .... and eventually a cubby! :thumbsup1:

Thanks hermit for the update! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 10, 2013, 01:10:10 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, June 7
With the weather heating up, the pandas are spending less time outside in the habitats. We are still able to put them out for a couple of hours in the morning, but soon it will be too warm to even do that. As some of you may know, Yang Yang, is the least tolerant of hot weather. According to our temperature guidelines, we can have the pandas outside up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but by the time it is 75 degrees F, Yang Yang is more than ready to come in to the cool building. Po and Lun Lun are more tolerant, but Xi Lan is turning out to be like his dad. During this time of year, we try to rotate the pandas so that everyone is in the dayroom (on exhibit) every other day.

Heather
Carnivore Keeper III

Monday, June 10
We're sad to see that arrow bamboo season (Pseudosasa japonica) has come to an end. I'm not entirely sure the pandas were ready for the long, skinny bamboo to disappear, but we have to maintain the bamboo forests we harvest from. If we harvest too much one year, we won't be able to harvest anything the next year. So now we’ve moved on to two other species of bamboo the pandas feel so-so about: bambusoides (Phyllostachys bambusoides) and henon (Phyllostachys nigra henon). Both species look very similar so it's not always easy to figure out which type of bamboo each panda is prefers, especially when they decide to mix the piles we place on exhibit for them. The pandas are coming around, though, which makes us happy because cranky pandas are not fun to be around.

Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on June 10, 2013, 01:42:20 PM
Whew .... there is so much to bamboo ... quite the complicated subject  :wink2: :mhihi:

Thanks hermit for the updates! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 17, 2013, 01:50:45 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, June 14
Last week our Horticulture Department laid down new sod in the outdoor panda habitats. They have to do that periodically since the pandas wear down the grass by walking and sitting on it everyday. The pandas have not seen the new grass yet because the weather has gotten so panda unfavorable here – raining or temperatures in the 90s – since the sod was set out. I suppose having more time without a panda on it has been a good thing for the sod since it will have more time to set down roots with no interference. Who knows? If the temperatures continue as they are, the new grass may have the rest of the summer to grow uninterrupted by pandas.

Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on June 17, 2013, 09:46:30 PM
I don't blame them ... I don't like the rain or the heat either  :nope: :wink2:

... thanks hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 21, 2013, 02:52:18 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, June 21
Lun Lun seems to be exhibiting the early behaviors of a possible pregnancy or pseudopregnancy. She seems to be sleeping more than normal and eating less bamboo than she usually does. While nothing is definite yet, this could be an early sign of pregnancy/pseudopregnancy. We are still doing regular ultrasounds but have yet to see any images on it. Stay tuned for updates on her progress. 
Shauna
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 25, 2013, 12:54:43 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, June 24
I like challenges. I like problem solving. It keeps me on my toes. Training animals is definitely a challenge sometimes.  Po picks up some behaviors really quickly, and others he either doesn't understand or gets "stuck" at some point making everyone frustrated.  All behaviors trained here at Zoo Atlanta are either captured or shaped. We also use bridges (a whistle, clicker, verbal "good!", etc.) Capturing a behavior is pretty much what it sounds like. The animal is already performing the specific behavior on its own and we "capture" it. Whenever they do the behavior (for example, lying down) we bridge and reward the animal.  It doesn't take long for animals to figure out the connection. Afterwards, we're able to insert a verbal or visual cue and voila!
 
The other type of training involves shaping. For example, say I want Po to present his shoulder to the mesh to accept voluntary vaccines, and this is not something he's already doing on his own. First, I would bridge and reward whenever he approached the mesh, then whenever he presented his side. Next, I would bridge and reward only when he comes over, presents his side and leans towards the mesh. As you can see, eventually the animal will present its shoulder flush with the mesh and we can begin to desensitize it to being touched and ultimately poked.

 Currently, I am trying to train Po to place his paw in our blood sleeve (a PVC tube with a bar that he is supposed to grab).  It is very beneficial to be able to take blood voluntarily from an animal. With Po we've both hit a massive brick wall as he is grabbing the bar from the wrong side.  I want the inside of his forearm facing upwards and currently he's doing the exact opposite. Ultimately it's my fault because I'm not doing a good enough job communicating to Po what I want him to do. So it's back to the drawing board for me because I won't rest until I beat this challenge!  I have full confidence in our littlest panda, though. He's a smart cookie!

Jen
Keeper I, Carnivores


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on June 25, 2013, 10:44:01 PM
Thanks hermit. It would be great if Lun is pregnant again. It's amazing how the keepers are able to train the pandas. Now if I could only train my cat like that.  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 27, 2013, 01:49:05 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday June 26
As Shauna reported on Friday, Lun Lun has entered the denning phase of her pregnancy/pseudopregnancy. She is will no longer shift onto exhibit. She prefers to spend her time sleeping inside. The keepers installed the nest box we have used for her previous pregnancies and that is her favorite resting spot. He appetite has reduced significantly as well. Today, she built a nest. This is a common behavior for both pregnant and pseudopregnant giant pandas, but it is an unusual one for Lun Lun. In previous years, she has moved her bedding around a bit and pulled a piece or two of bamboo into the nest box to lie on, but that’s all. Today, she shredded several pieces of bamboo and made a proper nest. I don’t think it means she is pregnant, because she hasn’t done it in previous years in which she was pregnant. However, it is interesting to see an experienced mom display a new maternal behavior.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :pray2


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on June 27, 2013, 08:03:20 PM
ooooooooooo .... fingers crossed!!!! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Fingerscrossedteeny_zps1a789136.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Fingerscrossedteeny_zps1a789136.gif.html)

Thanks hermit for the update!  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileythankssmwflower_zps74f17645.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileythankssmwflower_zps74f17645.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on June 28, 2013, 02:59:02 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, June 28
 Lun Lun continues to exhibit behaviors that indicate a pregnancy or pseudo-pregnancy. She is sleeping most of the time and eating very little. As Rebecca reported on Wednesday, we saw her do something we have never seen her do with any enthusiasm - and this is my fourth breeding year with Lun Lun. She built a nest! It was very interesting, and so I will describe what I saw. The behaviors we have seen in the past are: scratching on the floors and walls in her den, chewing on the partition that makes up her nest box and pawing at the hay bedding we offer her. Yesterday, she purposefully pulled bamboo into her nest box and shredded it. I thought she was eating, but when I looked more closely, I noticed she was throwing the shards into her nest box and not eating the bamboo. Once she had shredded a couple of bamboo pieces, she dug around in the hay and bamboo, placing it all just so, forming a nest. It was very exciting watching her work so diligently at her nest. When I came in this morning, she had pulled some more whole pieces of bamboo into the nest. I wonder how much more she will add?
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on June 28, 2013, 04:39:56 PM
Yay! .... a nest!!!!!! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/SmileyHappyDancemed_zpsc399bbfb.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/SmileyHappyDancemed_zpsc399bbfb.gif.html)

 .... thanks hermit! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileytulipblue_zpsd84b1d7e.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileytulipblue_zpsd84b1d7e.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 02, 2013, 10:40:22 AM
Zoo Atlanta:  :hooray

Quote
Lun Lun the giant panda is expecting!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Ultrasound and hormonal results reveal that the fourth cub to be born at Zoo Atlanta will arrive this month
 
Lun Lun, a 15-year-old giant panda, has been confirmed to be expecting her fourth cub. Based on the size of the fetus observed in an ultrasound conducted on June 30, 2013, the Animal Management and Veterinary Teams estimate that a birth could take place in two to three weeks. The cub would be the first giant panda born in the U.S. in 2013. 
 
Veterinarians base their assessment of Lun Lun’s birth window on data from a similar ultrasound performed when Lun Lun was expecting her third cub, Po, in 2010. The fetus is now 1.08 centimeters long, which is consistent with a delivery date approximately two weeks from now.   
 
Over the past several days, Lun Lun has been exhibiting behavioral signs indicative of either pregnancy or pseudopregnancy. Hormone assays conducted by Dr. Dave Kersey, an expert in giant panda endocrinology from Western University of Health Sciences, will continue to shed light on her condition.
 
“We’re thrilled about the possibility of a fourth cub for Lun Lun, but we remain cautiously optimistic at this point. Giant panda cubs are extremely fragile, and the chance remains that the fetus does not go to term,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “A birth would be another success for our giant panda program, and we share our optimism with our fellow U.S. zoos housing this iconic species and with our colleagues at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China.”
 
Lun Lun was artificially inseminated in March 2013 with the assistance of Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer, an expert in giant panda reproductive physiology from Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute. Lun Lun and 15-year-old male Yang Yang have three previous offspring: male Mei Lan, 6 and now a resident of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding; male Xi Lan, 4; and male Po, 2. All three were the products of artificial insemination, and all three were the only giant pandas born in the U.S. in their respective birth years.
 
Stay tuned for updates.

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/lunlun_ultrasound_cub2013_ZA_Image-1348.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 02, 2013, 06:27:28 PM
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/SmileyOMGredsign_zps8a7973eb.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/SmileyOMGredsign_zps8a7973eb.gif.html).... how wonderful!!!!!!!!!! Thank you BOP for the news!!!!! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileydaisytulip_zps158b2f38.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileydaisytulip_zps158b2f38.gif.html)

Happy Dance Time! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyhappykickingupfeet_zps7804ee1d.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyhappykickingupfeet_zps7804ee1d.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 03, 2013, 06:05:06 AM
Exciting news :!: :!:

Hoping for a serene 2 weeks (remaining in pregnancy) and a healthy, spritely little fur ball... :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 03, 2013, 11:38:42 AM
Thank you for the good news, BOP!  :bliss


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 03, 2013, 11:40:37 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 1
As the other keepers have reported Lun Lun's behavior has changed recently. Lun Lun pretty much shuts herself down in the weeks leading up to the birthing window. All she does is sleep all day. She eats very little, which is a huge change for Lun Lun. This change in behavior is always the same whether she is pregnant or just going through a pseudopregnancy. As Lun Lun gets closer to her birthing window, another behavior she starts exhibiting is sound sensitivity. We essentially need to shut down all loud activity around giant panda holding. One drawback to this is that we are scrambling to get all of the work done around the building and in the exhibits that make loud noises. This can be from mowing the grass in the yards to building, repairing things in the building, or even speaking loudly. Everything that needs to be done, needs to be done now. This makes a hectic day with the pandas even more hectic as we are scrambling around to finish our routine as well as facilitating all of the other things. In another few weeks, the giant panda building will be in a virtual quiet zone for the next several months, assuming that she is pregnant. It is, however, all worth while if for our efforts, we get to welcome another giant panda into this world. 
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


Wednesday, July 3
 As I'm sure everyone has heard, Lun Lun is pregnant with her fourth cub! Congratulations Lun Lun! Our awesome panda and vet teams were able to see the fetus during an ultrasound procedure. Because Lun Lun is pregnant, she has become very sleepy; she sleeps pretty much all day and night with a couple of snack breaks. This is normal behavior for a pregnant female panda. Lun Lun is an awesome mom and it will be great to see her taking care of another cub. I am hoping she will have a girl this time. 
Katie
Mammal Keeper I


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 08, 2013, 02:14:23 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, July 5
Lun Lun has been less willing to participate in training during this pregnancy than during her last two pregnancies. She is always less likely to train during pregnancy than she is normally, but compared to previous years, this time, she has not trained very often at all. The last two pregnancies, she participated in almost daily ultrasounds; however, this year, we are having difficulty convincing her to move to the den where we can perform an ultrasound on her. She either ignores us or just gives us a blank stare. She does not even want sugar cane – her favorite treat! I don’t think this means anything is different about this pregnancy. Lun Lun always does things her own way and this is how she is choosing to do things this year.   
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


Monday, July 8
Yesterday Lun Lun was not in a mood to do very much besides sleep. So, that is exactly what we let her do all day. We continuously monitor her all day long just to see if she in the mood to get up and maybe participate in an ultrasound training session. All day long and no luck, but right when I needed to start getting ready to set the bears up with their overnight bamboo, she decided to make an appearance.  Even with her up and about, it still took about 15 minutes to get her where we needed her. When Lun Lun is approaching her birthing window, she gets this dazed look in her eyes and her mind is just as foggy. It takes her much longer than normal to comprehend what is going on and what we would like her to do. After 15 minutes, it finally clicked in her brain and she came over and assumed the ultrasound position. She is so used to this now, I didn't even need to say anything to her to get her in position. Lately we have been using small pieces of sugarcane for a treat while training, but today, she was all about banana. She would not eat the banana slices right away like she normally does, but instead she wound up licking the bananas pieces for several minutes each. This is exactly what we like while doing one of these sessions.  Meanwhile, while I was up dealing with Lun Lun's head, our vet was down south dealing with Lun Lun's belly. She was able to get some very good images of the fetus as well as the heartbeat. She also took some measurements of the fetus so we can track the growth of the cub. After about six or seven minutes, Lun Lun decided she had had enough and wanted to take a little nap.  Hopefully, Lun Lun will continue to participate in these daily ultrasound sessions, so we will be able to track the progress of her cub throughout the remainder of her pregnancy.
Kenn
Lead Keeper of Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 08, 2013, 02:48:12 PM
Less than 1-1/2 weeks to go if all predictions are correct and if the pregnancy continues to go well.  So exciting! :bliss


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 08, 2013, 08:38:24 PM
Yes!!!!! ... very exciting!!!!! can't wait !!!! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyhappygirljump_zps4ee09928.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyhappygirljump_zps4ee09928.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 11, 2013, 09:05:39 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, July 10
Tonight we start monitoring Lun Lun 24 hours per day. I expect the first few nights will be uneventful and we will just be watching Lun Lun sleep, but it is better for us to start early than to discover she has given birth overnight when nobody was here! Panda cubs are much smaller and fragile at birth than most other mammals (panda mothers are about 900 times the size of their cubs!). So, it is important for us to closely monitor Lun Lun and the cub after she gives birth to make sure the cub stays healthy and safe. Even though Lun Lun is an expert mother now, we know from past experience that something could happen at any time, so want to be prepared for anything.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 11, 2013, 09:12:50 AM
900 times larger ... yep, that is an amazing difference!

Thanks hermit for the update :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 11, 2013, 04:06:55 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Thursday, July 11
I am sleeping with my phone by my bed every night now anticipating a call that Lun Lun has gone into labor. For Mei Lan and Po, those calls came in the middle of the night. For Xi Lan, the call came in the afternoon. In each case, our indicator that labor had begun was when Lun Lun’s water broke. This is noticeable because fluid is released and Lun Lun frequently licks her anogenital area. When she went into labor with Mei Lan, there was a large pool of fluid. For the subsequent births, there was less fluid and it was harder to determine immediately if she had just urinated or her water had broken. With a little watching and waiting we were able to determine what had happened. The length of Lun Lun’s labor has decreased with each cub, which is normal. Mei Lan took a record 36 hours to arrive. Xi Lan was about nine hours, and Po was a short six hours. It will be interesting to see how long this cub takes to make its appearance. Like you, we are waiting eagerly for her or him to arrive. 
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 11, 2013, 05:21:14 PM
According to original calculations, I believe we still have about one week until the magic phone call... :hmm

But, then again, it's not an exact science.  :whistle:

Thanks again, hermit, for the reports.  Appreciate.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 11, 2013, 05:33:43 PM
Yes, thank you hermit :flower

Exciting! :nod2: :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 11, 2013, 09:57:08 PM
Thanks, hermit. I can't wait!  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 12, 2013, 01:39:24 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday July 12
 Giant pandas can (and usually do) build bamboo nests during both pregnancies and pseudopregnancies. A couple of days ago (before 24-hour monitoring started), I came into work and found that Lun Lun had been very busy overnight constructing a nest out of the bamboo we had given her the previous evening. I was really impressed as this is the biggest, most complex nest I have seen her build during this pregnancy. I ended up removing the old bamboo, so that she had fresh bamboo to either eat or use to build a new nest. That day she decided that the underlying hay-bed was good enough and spent most of the day snoozing. Since then I haven't seen a nest quite as impressive, but she still shows nesting behavior every day. Seems we aren't the only ones getting ready for a cub!
 Jen W.
 Keeper I, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/bamboo_whatsleft_inside_giantpanda_zooatl_keeperphoto.jpg)



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 12, 2013, 02:56:06 PM
Oh a nest! ... we LOVE nests!!!!  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIFS/Smileyloveshower.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIFS/Smileyloveshower.gif.html)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/SmileyThanxsign_zpsc544edf9.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/SmileyThanxsign_zpsc544edf9.gif.html) hermit for the update!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 12, 2013, 09:15:27 PM
A scap of Lun from today curled up beside her boo nest.  :flower

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/panda2013-07-12.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 13, 2013, 06:04:55 AM
How sweet is this scene... :love:

Thanks, BOP, for sharing. :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 13, 2013, 08:19:44 AM
Awwwhhhh ... thank you BOP! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 13, 2013, 01:48:21 PM
Thanks, BOP.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 15, 2013, 01:45:03 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 15
Over the last couple of nights, we have seen Lun Lun's behavior change somewhat as she gets closer to giving birth. During the first half of last week, Lun Lun slept almost constantly and rarely moved. Now she appears much more restless.  She is spending more time shifting positions and trying to find a good place and position in which to nap. When she chooses to sleep in the nest box, she also sometimes spends some time positioning her nesting material around her. Last night, I watched her cover her back with a light dusting of hay. It didn't last long though because she quickly decided that was not the best place for a nap and took off to her other den for a little while. 

Stay tuned - it looks like it won't be much longer before we have a new little bundle to share. And don't forget to subscribe to Cub Confidential for exclusive photos and videos of Lun Lun and cub (once she/he arrives)!

Jennifer
Keeper I, Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 15, 2013, 03:23:57 PM
Lun Lun just gave birth!  :bliss
On Facebook they're saying twins, but I just saw one.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 15, 2013, 03:40:27 PM
OMG!!!!!!!  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileywoohooprance_zps662d08b6.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileywoohooprance_zps662d08b6.gif.html)

Thank you hermit for the news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :flower :flower :flower

...ETA: 6:44 PM, ET .... I think I see both cubbies!!!!!!!!!

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/nightengale14072001/ZAPanda071513644P_zps50dad39f.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/nightengale14072001/ZAPanda071513644P_zps50dad39f.jpg.html)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIFS/Smileywoohoo.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIFS/Smileywoohoo.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 15, 2013, 03:59:05 PM
Thanks for the picture, Chris.  :flower  It does show both, I think.  :bigsmile:  I hope both are healthy and survive.  What fun it would be to watch two growing up together!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 15, 2013, 05:07:09 PM
Oh I know hermit ..... I hope that they are both healthy too  :pray2

Not much to be seen on the cam now ... looks like a blurred unfocused close up ... maybe later we'll get another peek (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif.html)

BOP and MaryG will be excited too!  :nod2:

What great news!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 15, 2013, 05:12:05 PM
Woo Hoo!! :hooray Yes, BOP is very excited!  :thu:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 15, 2013, 05:18:26 PM
Woo Hoo!! :hooray Yes, BOP is very excited!  :thu:

 :lollol: yeah .... I knew you would be  :nod2: .... wonderful huh!?  :love:

A few of the press releases:

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/entertainment/lun-lun-giant-panda-gives-birth-twins/nYrRz/

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/299054/40/Lun-Lun-breaks-water-at-Zoo-Atlanta

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/health/Giant+panda+Atlanta+gives+birth+twin+cubs+first+zoos/8663252/story.html

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIFS/HappyWoohoosmileylegskicking.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIFS/HappyWoohoosmileylegskicking.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 15, 2013, 05:22:21 PM
Better late than never ...  :rolleyes2:

How absolutely wonderful is this occasion :!: :!: :!:   :love:  :clap

I, too, see 2.  What a miracle birth.   :pray2 for good health of both wee ones.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Doralyn on July 15, 2013, 05:43:35 PM
Congratulations on the twins! I just saw this on another site and had to come and confirm the good news. What a very special event for the Panda faithful here. Makes me think of Aline, too, and how much she would have loved this event. Fun times ahead.....


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 15, 2013, 05:55:15 PM
Apparently one cub is with Lun, the other is being cared for in an incubator.

Yes, Aline would have loved this news. :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on July 15, 2013, 05:55:44 PM
Holy Moses!!!  I didn't even know she was expecting again!!!!  That's what I get for checking I guess!!
Twins!!!  How wonderful!   :hooray

Found a video of the births... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiMom5kQoBU&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 15, 2013, 06:21:18 PM
Get the latest news:  go to Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam website and sign up for "Cub Confidential" emails - split second, up to date news and photos of cubs.

Signed up and almost immediately received photo of one of cubs in incubator. :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 15, 2013, 07:28:43 PM
Congratulations on the twins! I just saw this on another site and had to come and confirm the good news. What a very special event for the Panda faithful here. Makes me think of Aline, too, and how much she would have loved this event. Fun times ahead.....

Apparently one cub is with Lun, the other is being cared for in an incubator.

Yes, Aline would have loved this news. :flower

Yep, as soon as I heard the news .... the first person I thought of was Aline :nod2: Something tells me she's keeping track of these twin cubbies ...
                   (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/SmileyAngeloncloud_zps76e262a3.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/SmileyAngeloncloud_zps76e262a3.gif.html)
... snagged SC from the Zoo website ....

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.... I signed up MaryG ... thanks for the heads up  :flower

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 15, 2013, 08:04:00 PM
Oh so cute Chris  :love:

I've signed up for Cub Confidential too MaryG.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on July 15, 2013, 10:30:12 PM
I believe they are trying to increase the chances of both cubs surviving by "swaping" the cubs out every couple hours. .. therefore "tricking" the mother into believing she is raising only one cub.  Most twin births in the wild the mother will abandon one cub. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/twinswapping-raises-odds-on-panda-survival-2152192.html


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Judy on July 16, 2013, 07:54:23 AM
I just saw on CNN about the twins and immediately came to the place where I knew I could find out more.  :bigsmile: 
I know maybe when they are older we can all plan a trip to Atlanta to see them at the same time.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 16, 2013, 09:23:32 AM
Patti ... excellent article ... thanks for the link :flower

Right below the cam image ........ it says, 'If you see the wall appear on PandaCam, that means they're trying to swap out the cubs! Keep watching ...'

Lun Lun is in view now ... but the little one is so tiny ... it is difficult to get a decent image.

These next two weeks we'll be on pins and needles ... the first 10 days or so ... mortality rate goes up. Zoo Atlanta has wonderful staff ...  I'm praying that they can keep up a successful swap between the two precious cubbies :heart0:

I just saw on CNN about the twins and immediately came to the place where I knew I could find out more.  :bigsmile:  
I know maybe when they are older we can all plan a trip to Atlanta to see them at the same time.  :bigsmile:

... sounds like a plan .... count me in! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 16, 2013, 09:31:20 AM
12:26 PM, ET ..... Lun Lun has the cubby cradled in her paw ... giving it 'love licks' (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartsredtinypulseup_zpsd9db5ec1.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartsredtinypulseup_zpsd9db5ec1.gif.html) ......

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 16, 2013, 10:22:22 AM
1:15 PM, ET ....

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... good Momma :nod2:

More News releases:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/double-delight-giant-panda-gives-birth-twins-atlanta-zoo-6C10645570

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/giant-panda-birth-twins-atlanta-article-1.1399915

CNN News piece with video:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/16/us/panda-twins-born/index.html


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 16, 2013, 01:24:47 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Tuesday, July 16
The panda team is tired and a little stressed, but happy! So far, both cubs are doing well. We are fortunate that both were born a healthy weight and strong. Sometimes one twin is very small. As you all know, Lun Lun is a fantastic mom, and she's even more impressive this time. The cubs are being alternated with her, which is a technique first developed by our colleagues in Chengdu and used successfully for many cubs. Lun Lun is such a good mom, though, that she is reluctant to give up whichever cub she has. So, we have not been able to swap the cubs as frequently as we would like. Because of that, both have been supplemented with some formula. Both are doing well with this. Their condition and Lun Lun's behavior will continue to guide our actions. The next few days are especially critical. So, please continue to keep us in your thoughts. We can use the good vibes!
Rebecca Snyder, PhD,
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 16, 2013, 01:27:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yc3EVrwFjs


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 16, 2013, 07:08:48 PM
Excellent video! Thank you so much hermit for posting it! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyflower2_zps8f77adce.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyflower2_zps8f77adce.gif.html)

Now we just need some luck and good karma so that both these little ones make it (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Fingerscrossedteeny_zps1a789136.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Fingerscrossedteeny_zps1a789136.gif.html) (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyprayingeyesupward.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyprayingeyesupward.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 16, 2013, 07:54:31 PM
... from ZA 'Cub Confidential' ....

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July 16, Day 1: Both cubs are doing great! In the wild, giant panda mothers usually only care for one cub. In efforts not to overexert Lun Lun, we’ve been swapping the cubs to make sure they both get equal mommy time! Both cubs are being supplemented with formula at this time to ensure they get the nutrition they need. Lun Lun is such a great mom; she usually hesitates to let the cub she’s holding go! We’re sure she could use some rest!


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 17, 2013, 05:16:00 AM
Amazing video of the births, hermit.  Thank you.  :bigsmile:

Lun Lun appears to be as surprised as everyone else when the second cub popped!

Kudos to the dedicated ZA staff who are caring for LL and her babies.  :flower  


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 17, 2013, 01:11:08 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

July 17, Day 2: Dr. Sam Rivera, Associate Veterinarian, sends Cub Confidential subscribers an exclusive update on the twins.

 Says Dr. Sam: “Lun Lun and the cubs continue doing well and are settling nicely into the new routine. The last 12 hours have been less challenging than the first 12. Both cubs appear to be nursing well, and Lun Lun is doing an outstanding job caring for them and cooperating with our plans. We’re currently swapping cubs every two to three hours. The cubs are well hydrated and are urinating and defecating normally. I never thought I’d get so excited about panda poop!”

Thanks, Dr. Sam, for the scoop – literally – on the cubs. We’re excited, too, and we don’t mind saying so!


 :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: Judy on July 17, 2013, 02:06:10 PM
Amazing video, thanks Hermit!  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 17, 2013, 04:39:01 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, July 17
 Knowing that many, many people are waiting and watching on live camera, how nerve wracking is it to be the one to confirm that Lun Lun’s water had broken? Oh just slightly.  Luckily this year she made it pretty obvious and I felt very confident when I made that phone call, knowing that it would be the start of a very big night. I just didn’t realize how big! For every birth we prepare exactly the same as we have this year. The protocols get updated, the 24 hours shifts begin, the building’s daily activities get rearranged in preparation for the nursery set up, everything gets disinfected, and most importantly, the nursery gets set up. Zoo Atlanta’s Veterinary and Animal Management teams are always prepared for any scenario that might occur, and Monday evening was the best example of the exceptional preparation and detail that goes into planning a panda birth. We all sat in the control room watching Lun  Lun on the same video feed that many of you were watching. There were cheers all around when we saw the first cub arrive. Then we paused to begin our monitoring of mother and cub when we were as surprised as you! In Zoo Atlanta fashion, we were prepared.  Our amazing team jumped into action and had everything we needed at our finger tips thanks to our up and running nursery.

 Lun and the cubs are doing very well with the swapping. It is always calm for her and while we try to do it every few hours, it is only done when she provides an opportune moment. We make it positive for her by always giving her sugar cane and offering her water, bamboo, biscuits, and any treat she could want. Her favorite is the sugar cane, she never turns it down! Stay tuned for many more updates, and for more “insider information”, subscribe to our Cub Confidential emails. You won’t be disappointed!
Jenny
Keeper III, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 17, 2013, 06:13:41 PM
Thanks, hermit  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 17, 2013, 08:43:11 PM
Thank you hermit for the update  :flower

... for the record here and those who might not be signed up for Cub Confidential .....

July 17, Day 2: Dr. Sam Rivera, Associate Veterinarian, sends Cub Confidential subscribers an exclusive update on the twins.

Says Dr. Sam: “Lun Lun and the cubs continue doing well and are settling nicely into the new routine. The last 12 hours have been less challenging than the first 12. Both cubs appear to be nursing well, and Lun Lun is doing an outstanding job caring for them and cooperating with our plans. We’re currently swapping cubs every two to three hours. The cubs are well hydrated and are urinating and defecating normally. I never thought I’d get so excited about panda poop!”

Thanks, Dr. Sam, for the scoop – literally – on the cubs. We’re excited, too, and we don’t mind saying so!


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 18, 2013, 10:57:54 AM
... I saw this notice earlier ....

'We've had some major storms this evening here in Atlanta. The storms in the vicinity have caused some damage to the equipment that streams the live footage.  This equipment is not in the building where the pandas are housed.  All is fine in the panda building.  We hope to have the equipment repaired by tomorrow morning.'

It appears the cam is back up ... they must be swapping the little ones as it is focused on the wall.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on July 18, 2013, 11:21:27 AM
Quote
Drumroll, please ... It's two more boys for Lun Lun! The twins have been confirmed to be her fourth and fifth male offspring.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 18, 2013, 07:18:43 PM
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Drumroll, please ... It's two more boys for Lun Lun! The twins have been confirmed to be her fourth and fifth male offspring.

awwwhhh ... two baby boy cubbies ... wonderful! Thanks Patti for letting us know! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 18, 2013, 10:59:45 PM
Dr. Sam looks like he is hugging the incubator in the photo Chris posted  :mhihi:

video of a swap by DoxieMom:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXQRP6zAn34&feature=youtu.be
You see a keeper's hand come through the bars and stroke Lun Lun's head, then it takes a cub and offers Lun Lun sugar cane and other treats while she nibbles and relaxes.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 19, 2013, 01:45:03 AM
Thanks for the video, BOP, and thanks to all, for reports and photos.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 19, 2013, 01:53:02 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Thursday, July 18
The twins are doing great! It is normal for newborns to lose weight after birth. This happens in humans and has been documented in numerous species. It is also true for giant pandas. The initial weight loss is because of fluid loss. Also, colostrum is important for transferring antibodies and immune cells to the newborn, but it is low in calories and fat. It takes a day or two after birth for the mother to start producing milk. It takes newborns a few days to a week or more to regain the weight they lose after birth. The twins lost weight after birth, but they gained weight steadily yesterday and today. That is a great sign that they are healthy and will continue to grow and remain strong. They are nearing their birth weights now. The larger one is 139.1 grams and the smaller one is 97.1 grams. We think they will reach their birth weights tonight or tomorrow. That is quicker than we expected and we are really happy about it. Also, we have not supplemented the cubs with formula since the first day. So, all of the weight gain is because they are nursing really well and thriving on Lun Lun’s milk. We are thrilled with this and we are so lucky that Lun Lun is such an excellent mother.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


July 18, Day 3: Sam Rivera, DVM, Associate Veterinarian, stayed up all night with the twins. He has this exclusive update for our Cub Confidential subscribers:
 
“The cubs and Lun Lun continue doing well.  The cubs are gaining weight at a steady rate, and we can already tell how they are changing as they grow.  Their white baby fur is getting longer, and we can see the dark coloration around the eyes.

 The smaller cub is a handful! During the 1 a.m. swap, the smaller cub (which was in the incubator) let everyone know how hungry he was by screaming so loudly. I thought he was going to wake up all the other pandas in the building, not to mention a few of our neighbors!  Lun Lun, on the other hand, was content with the larger cub and was resting peacefully. I was very glad when we were able to swap cubs and get the little one his much-needed meal. He still complained while with Lun Lun, but eventually settled down and went to sleep.”

Thanks, Dr. Sam! The boys already seem to be developing their own unique personalities!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 19, 2013, 01:08:44 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, July 19
Both cubs continue to do really well. They have both surpassed their birth weights and we are really happy about that. Lun Lun continues to do really well with the cub swaps too. She is spending more time resting near the window we reach through to remove the cub. So, that makes it easier. She is also more interested in the sugar cane we offer her for the cub. Sometimes when she is not near the window, we can call to her and she will move over. But sometimes she is sleeping and it takes longer to get her in position to do the swap. There have been a few times when the cub in the incubator has been really hungry and calling loudly, but Lun Lun is sleeping soundly with the other cub. In those cases, we have sometimes had to reach in and pat her or scratch her to wake her up. She has been remarkably tolerant of all this.

I'm sure this seems strange to many of you, because she is a bear. Shouldn't she be protective of her cubs? I can tell you from observing lots of giant panda mothers at the Chengdu Zoo and Chengdu Research Base during my study of maternal behavior that those mothers also behaved like Lun Lun. I think that the best way for a giant panda mother to protect her cub in the first few weeks is to hold it. She can't risk putting it down to chase away a threat, because the cub might get cold or accidentally stepped on or snatched away by a quick predator. So, the mom holds her cub despite distractions around her. I'm sure some of this tolerance is because these are mothers born in captivity who are used to people. But there are a few cases in which field researchers have been able to approach wild giant panda mothers in their dens. So, I don't think the behavior of captive mothers is extremely different from the behavior of wild mothers.

Our colleagues in Chengdu were the first ones to realize that people can take advantage of this behavior and use it to swap twins so that both cubs have a very good chance to survive. Before the swapping technique was first used in 1990 at the Chengdu Zoo, no captive born panda twins survived. One of the cubs always died within a few days.

Lun Lun's tolerance will not last. In a few weeks, she will start putting her cubs down and will gradually leave them for longer periods of time to eat. But if she hears a cub call, she will come back in a hurry and she will be aggressive if she thinks her cubs are being threatened. Lucky for us, we will be able to shift her into another den when she leaves a cub and make the swap quickly and quietly while she is away. It's great system and we are really fortunate to have the guidance of our colleagues in Chengdu to know how to do it in just the right way.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Dr. Sam Rivera has good news straight from the panda nursery:

“All is well in the giant panda nursery and den.  Lun Lun and the cubs are doing very well.  It was a very good night for pandas and humans in the nursery.  Lun Lun was very cooperative, and the cub swapping went smoothly.  She’s starting to get more excited about food and readily takes a piece of sugarcane in exchange for a swap.  After she’s done eating, she vocalizes and looks for the cub, at which time we give her the hungry twin.  The vet checks are going smoothly.  Because of the cubs’ small size and need for a controlled environment, the exams are done while the cubs are in the incubator.  We do a thorough exam of the skin, legs, tail and head.  We also feel their abdomens to get a feel for how full they are.  Listening to their heart and lungs is tricky, especially when they are awake and vocalizing, which they do a lot.  So far they continue doing well, are well hydrated, have not shown any abnormal findings on the vet exams, and are gaining weight better than we expected. “


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 19, 2013, 05:50:40 PM
.... a few captures from Cub Confidential from today  .....

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Love them! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartspinktinypulse_zpsa930b0fa.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartspinktinypulse_zpsa930b0fa.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 20, 2013, 02:42:30 PM
Cute videos from the ZA Cubby's Playlist ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9QMLYVqzy8&list=PLt1LWXndyyt77d5OANn1gH7ortDY4g06l&index=3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9QMLYVqzy8&list=PLt1LWXndyyt77d5OANn1gH7ortDY4g06l

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 21, 2013, 01:51:12 AM
Thanks, Chris.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 21, 2013, 07:21:40 AM
Chris   :bigsmile:

Happy to see a "Chinese Collaborator" in on the action.  Wonder if he's on loan from the Panda Reserve in Sichuan Province?


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 21, 2013, 09:16:11 AM
I was wondering about that too Mary  :nod2:

Lun Lun is currently cradling one of her twins ... but facing toward the wall so I can't get a good picture  :sigh2:

It is clear ... she loves being a Mom  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartsteenypink_zps70a3d052.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartsteenypink_zps70a3d052.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 21, 2013, 01:36:03 PM
Happy to see a "Chinese Collaborator" in on the action.  Wonder if he's on loan from the Panda Reserve in Sichuan Province?

I'm assuming he's from the Chengdu Zoo or Research Base as the blogs say they are following their protocols for cub swapping.

There is an interesting article on twin births in the SDZ blog:
http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2013/07/16/twinning-in-giant-pandas/


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 21, 2013, 01:41:05 PM
Thank you, BOP.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 21, 2013, 02:53:00 PM
What a terrific article from the SDZ! Thanks BOP for finding it and posting it! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 23, 2013, 01:25:12 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 22
Can Lun Lun tell the cubs apart?
I don’t think Lun Lun can tell the cubs apart and I don’t think she realizes that she is caring for two cubs. Giant pandas do not seem to have a mechanism for differentiating between cubs. They do not even differentiate between their own cubs and cubs from other females. Our colleagues in Chengdu have been able to take great advantage of this. Because they have several females who give birth around the same time, if one mother does not care for her cub it can be given to an experienced mother who will care for it just like her own cub. I have watched mothers in Chengdu care for two cubs of their own and two cubs from another female. All four cubs were alternated with the mother. The cubs can even be quite different in size and age and the mother will still accept them. This surrogate method has helped many cubs survive and be raised by a mother rather than humans.

It may seem strange that a female would waste energy caring for cubs that aren’t hers. But it makes sense that giant pandas would not have evolved a mechanism to differentiate between cubs. They are solitary in the wild and a mother would normally never come in contact with another female’s cub. So, there is no reason for the ability to tell cubs apart to have evolved. That ability is common in social living species but not in solitary species. There have been studies on wild polar bears that have found mothers accompanied by yearling cubs that were unrelated to the mothers. So, polar bear mothers also don’t seem to have the ability to differentiate their cubs from another female’s cubs. The authors think that the mix up occurred when polar bear mothers congregated around found sources, like a garbage area, the cubs would sometimes leave with the wrong mother and the mother didn’t notice. Like giant pandas, polar bear mothers are normally alone with their cubs and would not encounter another female’s cubs. But with changes to the polar bears’ environment and the need to exploit other food sources, some polar bears are coming into contact with each other more than is typical for the species.

 When Lun Lun’s twins are around four months old, they will be able to walk and follow Lun Lun. From then on, they can be with Lun Lun at the same time. Then I think she will realize there are two cubs. I don’t think that will faze her one bit. She will take it all in stride, like she has everything else, and continue to be an outstanding mom.

Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 23, 2013, 08:58:16 AM
Aren't we fortunate to have a working relationship with the Szechuan Panda Reserve staff - who have already worked out protocols for these situations.

Sharing is what it's all about.  :love: 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 23, 2013, 09:01:18 AM
... interesting discussion on whether Lun Lun knows that there are two cubbies .... thanks hermit! :flower

Yep Mary .... sharing is good :nod2: :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 23, 2013, 01:09:43 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

How’s the cub swapping going, and how did Lun Lun react when cub number two arrived? Keeper Beth Parker Roberts takes us behind the scenes for an inside look:

“Did you see the video of Lun Lun giving birth? (If not, take a look!) You saw that she picked up her first cub and cradled him just as she has done after giving birth to her other three cubs. Once the second cub was born, she seemed just as surprised as we were! Initially, she did attempt to pick him up even though she was already caring for the first cub. She did briefly have both cubs, but quickly realized manipulating two at the same was too difficult and dropped the second cub. Lun Lun continued to care for the firstborn cub, which happened to be the smaller of the two. Luckily, our swapping method is keeping both cubs healthy and giving them equal time with Mom. They are gaining weight at every swap and our boys are looking fat and healthy!”

July 22, Day 7:

 From Dr. Sam Rivera:
 
“The cubs are so strong!  They can pull themselves up on their legs for very short periods and roll on their backs.  When both are in the incubator they are a handful and a challenge to keep away from the edges. As they become more and more mobile they require closer supervision when away from Lun Lun. This is a good sign and a positive indicator of how healthy they are.”


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 23, 2013, 02:40:02 PM
Love learning latest happenings via "Cub Confidential".

Thank you, Zoo Atlanta, for remembering us panda huggers! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 23, 2013, 10:32:54 PM
... and  a couple of captures from ZA to go along with the update ...

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(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/nightengale%20III/ZA072313ws2_zpsdb331204.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/nightengale%20III/ZA072313ws2_zpsdb331204.jpg.html)

... even at this stage we can see the faint panda markings  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 24, 2013, 02:04:26 AM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Tuesday, July 23
The twins are doing really well! We are still swapping them about every three hours and that continues to go well. Each one is weighed before he goes back to Lun Lun and then weighed when he is removed from Lun Lun. That is one way that we can tell if the cub has nursed. The cubs usually gain 2-8 grams in a three hour period with Lun Lun, which is great. Yesterday and today we started to see some bigger gains, especially by the larger cub. He has gained 15 and 18 grams in a couple of his sessions with Lun Lun. That’s impressive!

The cubs are also starting to look more like giant pandas. Their skin is turning black in the areas where their black fur will grow. This change in coloration starts with the eye patches, then the ears, and then becomes noticeable on the shoulders and legs. In another few days the black areas will become very distinctive. Then the fur will start growing in. By the time they are one month old, they will look like the mini giant pandas they are.

Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_cubs2013_130723_cub_a_b_incubator_ZA_1300.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 24, 2013, 10:49:48 AM
Oh .... they are so adorable! :heart0: They appear to be evening out in size ... almost the same size now :nod2: :thumbsup1:

Thanks hermit for the update! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 24, 2013, 01:16:02 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, July 24
As you continue to watch PandaCam you might start noticing that you can catch more and more glimpses of the cubs as Lun Lun moves them around and cares for them. We can’t seem to say enough about what a great mom she is being. She has always been a good mom in the past, but this time around the demands on her are slightly greater. As nursery keepers one of our highest priorities, aside from monitoring the cubs, is making sure that Lun receives the best care possible. She is the most important link in helping the twins grow up strong and healthy. We monitor her closely while she has a cub, making notations of position changes, cub vocalizations, and what she might be doing with the cub. We also watch to see if she will be receptive to feeding or being offered a drink. Right now she is choosing to only accept food or water during a cub swap. During a swap we have two jobs. One nursery staff person will take the cub to the incubator to be weighed and have his temperature taken. Both cubs will then stay in the incubator together while the second nursery keeper offers Lun fresh bamboo, biscuits, produce and water. Lun’s needs vary with each swap so we try to have many fresh options available so that she can have whatever she needs. You may have noticed that there is almost no bamboo in her den with her. This is because as she eats it and as it dries it becomes very pointy. We are currently cutting it into small branches and offering her the choice pieces with lots of leaves so there is not much left behind in the nest box. So far she is doing very well with coming over and selecting food from her buffet.

The cub swap also allows Lun time to leave the nest box to defecate or urinate. If you have been watching our pandas for a while you may have noticed that they don’t tend to pay attention to where they go to the bathroom. They do not designate a particular spot as a latrine like some other animals do. A mother with a cub is the exception to this rule. Lun Lun will not defecate in her nest and therefore takes the needed break while we have the cubs in the incubator. Tonight was the first night I saw her attempt to put the cub down on the hay so she could leave the nest to relieve herself. Unfortunately for her, she chose to do so while she had Cub A, the notoriously vocal “opinionated” one. He let her know, very loudly, that he was not okay with that, so she quickly came back, picked him up, and waited until the next swap, when she then took full advantage of her buffet and latrine.   

Jennifer
Keeper III, Carnivores


 :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 24, 2013, 02:11:55 PM
Too cute .... he has a good pair of lungs on him for sure :mhihi:

Thanks hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 24, 2013, 10:23:47 PM
Thanks, hermit. The keepers are doing such a good job caring for Lun Lun  and the cubs, and Lun is doing a great job of being a mom.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 25, 2013, 01:54:19 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Panda cubs have such long tails! Keeper Jennifer Andrew helps us understand why:

 "Newborn pandas have long tails relative to their body length. As a panda cub grows, the rest of the body will grow at a faster rate than the tail does. This means that the tail becomes proportionally smaller as the rest of the body gets larger. Over time, the proportion changes, and the tail length compared to the body size will be normal. In other words, they just need some time to 'grow into' their tails!"

Rebecca Snyder, PhD, Curator of Mammals, has been monitoring Lun Lun’s behavior:

“Lun Lun started putting the cubs down two nights ago. The smaller cub let his mom know that he wasn’t ready for that and called loudly until she picked him back up. The larger cub was okay with this next step in his development. He was quiet when Lun Lun put him down and she was able to leave him briefly. This is a sign to us that Lun Lun is ready to leave the cubs for short periods of time to eat. Today we started putting her food in the adjacent den. She now has access to this den and can choose to go over there to eat whenever she is hungry. We have done this when Lun Lun was caring for her previous cubs, and it works quite well. The cubs will get used to being put down and left for short periods. Then Lun Lun will gradually increase the time that she spends away from the cubs. This is normal giant panda maternal behavior. This makes cub swapping easier, too.”


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on July 25, 2013, 02:10:12 PM
They both are so very trusting, passing a tiny cub back and forth like that.  Wow!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 25, 2013, 05:55:48 PM
It is amazing to watch the interaction between Lun and the keepers :nod2: Quite the team ..... on a mission to aid these cub's survival (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Thumbsupanimation_zpsbd5c1f04.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Thumbsupanimation_zpsbd5c1f04.gif.html)

Thanks hermit for posting the update (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileythankssmwflower_zps74f17645.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileythankssmwflower_zps74f17645.gif.html)

... a few more SC's from today's Cub Confidential Email .....

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(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/nightengale%20III/ZA0725133_zps5cb91a86.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/nightengale%20III/ZA0725133_zps5cb91a86.jpg.html)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/nightengale%20III/ZA0725132_zpsd1ced92c.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/nightengale%20III/ZA0725132_zpsd1ced92c.jpg.html)
... looks like he's smiling (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif.html)

... each day their black markings get a little more prominent .... adorable (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartssmallfine_zpse63c310a.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartssmallfine_zpse63c310a.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 26, 2013, 01:46:09 AM
I would love to hold one of those little guys.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 26, 2013, 01:55:54 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Friday, July 26
Night shifts in the panda building have been quite enjoyable so far. The nursery staff, our Chinese colleague, Deng, and Lun and family have all settled in to a nice paced routine. We try to keep the noise and lights to a minimum so all the bears can get a good night’s rest. In the evenings it is just the bears, a nursery keeper, a vet, and Deng. I have really enjoyed getting to know Deng and have learned so much about Chengdu Research Base and his experience with raising cubs. Now however I rarely get to see him! He too has finally settled into a routine and is able to catch up on some very much needed rest during the late night shift. During these early days he is never too far, and usually can be found sleeping in his chosen makeshift bedroom in the den next to Lun.  While the cubs are doing great and everyone has adjusted to the routine we are so grateful for his expertise and devotion to Lun and the cubs.

 While everyone is sleeping what do the rest of us do? We monitor Lun and the cubs, drink a coke, stimulate the cub in the incubator to urinate and defecate regularly, take his body temperature, drink coffee, follow our cleaning/disinfection schedule, keep up on all our record keeping, drink another coke, get Lun’s next meal buffet ready, clean the incubators, have some coffee, then turn around and realize the sun is up and the next shift has arrived. I will be the first one to admit that even though my sleep patterns have been totally turned around, I am really enjoying these nice quiet hours with the bears and our incredible staff.

Jenny
Keeper III, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 26, 2013, 02:51:50 PM
Gotta love the caffeine in that Coke! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif.html)

It sounds like they have developed a great working relationship with their team mate Deng (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileythumbs2up_zps53e9a334.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileythumbs2up_zps53e9a334.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 26, 2013, 03:28:30 PM
Here's to Deng!   :flower

Wish he could start a blog about his experiences at the Chengdu Panda Research Base.  We would all learn so much!  :nod2:  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 29, 2013, 01:23:46 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Monday, July 29
Are giant panda twins ever identical? I have never heard of identical or monozygotic giant panda twins. As far as I know, they are always fraternal or dizygotic. It is interesting that people refer to giant panda cubs from the same litter as twins, rather than littermates as we would for other carnivores. For example, if only two puppies are born in a litter, we don't normally call them twins. I guess we call two cubs twins in giant pandas, because giant pandas either have a single cub or two. They very, very rarely have three cubs. Most other carnivores have litters than range from one to five or more offspring.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_cubs2013_130725_cub_a_b_incubator_ZA_1558.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 30, 2013, 01:45:54 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Tuesday, July 30
The cubs are growing like weeds! This is great news for many reasons, but most importantly, it means that Lun Lun is producing enough milk to feed both of her growing boys. In order to keep up with the needs of her cubs, her appetite is slowly increasing. Right now she prefers the sweet stuff – fruit and biscuits. She will eat some bamboo every few hours, but usually not more than a couple of handfuls at a time. Soon her appetite will pick up tremendously, and she’ll go back to her normal consumption (or likely even more) of bamboo. 
Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 30, 2013, 01:47:23 PM
Video of keepers practicing cub sounds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77M0dN-Nhtc

I tried making them, too.  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 30, 2013, 01:59:05 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Interesting to know: Our panda cubs are actually littermates, rather than literal twins. What does that mean?  Keeper Heather Roberts explains to our Cub Confidential subscribers:

“Since the cubs come from two separate, developing eggs, one most likely implanted in the uterus earlier than the other, thus causing one cub to be more developed at birth. The signature black markings appeared first in the larger cub, his fur became thicker sooner, and his tiny claws grew longer before his brother’s did. “

Rebecca Snyder, PhD, Curator of Mammals, shares this update:

“Lun Lun and the twins continue to do really well. She is starting to uncover them a little more. So, you will have more frequent glimpses of them. Even though I get to see them in the incubator, I still get excited about being able to see them better when Lun Lun has them. It’s just always nice to watch her cleaning her cubs and making the small adjustments needed to keep them comfortable.”


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on July 30, 2013, 06:34:45 PM
Thank you hermit for bringing over the update :flower

Here are the accompanying pics .....

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... look at those orbital markings! ...so adorable!  :heart0:



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on July 30, 2013, 06:49:18 PM
Wonderful photos of infant panda cubs. 

I read (somewhere - can't recall the source but think it must have been on ZA website) that the smallest cub at birth has just surpassed his littermate in weight!  :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on July 31, 2013, 02:33:48 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Wednesday, July 31

Like Rebecca stated before, we have an amazing team working around the clock to make sure these cute little furballs grow up healthy and strong, and that Lun Lun stays healthy as well. I just started my rotation as a nursery keeper, and it’s pretty cool to take part in a group working so smoothly like a well-oiled machine. The first 24-48 hours after the cubs were born were stressful for everyone as they had to find a rhythm of swapping out the cubs that worked best for Lun Lun and her newborns. This was complicated by the obvious fact that Cub A was smaller than his brother and in the early days was getting hungry far quicker. But very quickly the kinks were worked out and everyone relaxed a minuscule amount because at least we had a routine. Even Lun Lun settled into the (roughly) three-hour swap schedule without much fuss at all.  So much so that on my first day, she kept getting up and become more active right around the three-hour mark, as if she knew what was going to happen.  I am constantly amazed throughout my shifts at just how awesome Lun is in allowing us to take her cub, as if it’s no big deal. It’s a testament to the relationship we have with her and her trusting nature that she allows this.  Currently, Cubs A and B are pretty close in weight; weighing 394.7g and 405.5g, respectively.

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on July 31, 2013, 09:33:58 PM
Thanks Chris and hermit.

MaryG - yes, this was on ZA's facebook site on Monday:
Quote
Dr. Rebecca Snyder shares that we can no longer refer to the cubs as "small" and "big." This afternoon Cub A (firstborn), who used to be smaller, surpassed his brother in weight! Cub A now weighs 361 grams, and Cub B weighs 360 grams. The growth weight of both cubs has been rapid, but Cub A has really impressed us -- he's more than tripled his weight in two weeks!
I was glad because initially I've worried more about the smallest one.  :love: From today's update it looks like Cub B is in the lead again, but not by much.  :mhihi:

Video: How to make a cub sound to attract Lun over for a cub swap. Deng tries to teach the other keepers.  :lollol:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=77M0dN-Nhtc#at=26


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 01, 2013, 09:00:54 AM
Nice to see members of the pnada team collaborating on 'cub calls' .... cute  :biggergrin2:

Thanks BOP for the link :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 01, 2013, 01:36:31 PM
From Zoo Atlanta:

Thursday, August 1

Third shifts tend to be nice and peaceful. Besides the nursery keeper and vet, Security, and the occasional NightCrawler group spending the night at the Zoo, there aren’t many people here! As the cubs get bigger and stronger they aren’t quite as needy as they were when newborns. You can easily see a cub when Lun Lun is readjusting or they are rooting around looking for milk. Adult pandas usually take an extended nap overnight, but will get up periodically to eat bamboo. Lun Lun just sleeps and focuses on her cub; she mainly eats during the cub swaps. Soon enough she will set the cubs down for longer periods (and they’ll be okay with it) so she can refuel…but we aren’t quite there yet as the cubs are not always thrilled to leave the snuggly warmth of their mother’s fur. We keep a vigilant eye and if we notice that she repeatedly tries to set the cub down in an effort to find food and the cubs protests, we’ll swoop in and hand-feed her through the bars while she attends to her demanding cub. And she definitely needs food! Those two little furballs are growing fast!

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


Rebecca Snyder, Ph.D, Curator of Mammals, is really proud of all the work our Animal Management and Veterinary Teams have been doing and of their commitment to the panda cubs and Zoo Atlanta. She also expressed her appreciation for Deng Tao, our colleague from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, for his enormous dedication over the past two weeks:

“The twins continue to grow and thrive. That is due in large part to their exceptional mother, Lun Lun. But a lot of credit also goes to Deng Tao, from the Chengdu Research Base, and Zoo Atlanta’s three full-time veterinarians, Dr. Hayley Murphy, Dr. Sam Rivera and Dr. Kate Leach.
 
 Deng Tao arrived in Atlanta the day the cubs were born. I saw him that afternoon and could tell he was exhausted from the long trip. I told him that I hoped nothing would happen that night so that he could get some rest. As soon as he arrived, Lun Lun went into labor! He didn’t sleep at all until the next day and it was just an hour or two on a mat in the panda building. He has only slept in the panda building since he arrived. He sleeps on an air mattress in a den adjacent to Lun Lun’s den. He showers at our vet clinic and eats in the panda building. He has only left the panda building a few times to eat breakfast or to pick up clean clothes. He has an adorable 6-month-old son he will not see for four months while he helps us with the twins.
 

 
The veterinarians are working 12-hour shifts so that one of them is always in the panda building. Dr. Sam works the night shift from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. and has not taken a day off since the twins were born. Dr. Hayley and Dr. Kate work the day shifts and try to keep up with health care for the other 1,400 animals that live at the Zoo. It’s a grueling schedule for all of them, but they are handling it with grace and good humor. We have a great team!”
 

We are extremely grateful for all of the team’s hard work, and they even still manage to find time to give us updates for Cub Confidential. Thank you!

Rebecca also took the time to answer a couple of our frequently asked panda cub questions:

After watching Lun Lun give birth, we can’t help but wonder…what happens to the placenta after birth?

“Lun Lun, like other giant panda mothers, spends a lot of time licking her anogenital area after she gives birth. She does this frequently for a few days after giving birth. The placenta and any other fluid discharge is consumed while she does this. The result is that her nest remains dry and clean.”

It’s easy to fit the cubs through the bars now because they are so small, but will the cubs grow too big to fit through the bars for swapping?

“The cubs will still fit through the bars when they are 4 to 5 months old. By that time, they can both be with Lun Lun and we won’t need to swap them anymore. We have mesh panels that fit over the bars. The keepers will attach those to the bars when the cubs start walking. That prevents them from climbing through the bars while the keepers are in an adjacent den cleaning or providing food.”


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 02, 2013, 10:27:18 AM
I found this piece over on the ZA Website and thought it interesting ...

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/nightengale14072001/ZAPandaTimeline1_zps89755220.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/nightengale14072001/ZAPandaTimeline1_zps89755220.jpg.html)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/nightengale14072001/ZAPandatimeline2_zps7470e068.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/nightengale14072001/ZAPandatimeline2_zps7470e068.jpg.html)

... wonderful that the cubbies are doing so well! :heart0:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on August 02, 2013, 03:19:09 PM
Thanks, Chris, for posting the Panda Growth Timeline.  Pulls it all together nicely.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 03, 2013, 01:15:45 AM
Friday, August 2

Both twins now weigh a little over a pound each! Cub A didn’t stay ahead of his brother in weight for long. B caught and surpassed A within a day, but they have remained close ever since. This morning Cub A weighed 492 grams, and Cub B weighed 502 grams. Although they are still very small, they look huge compared to the day they were born. They are also becoming cuter by the day. We ooh and ahh over them every day, noting their increasing fuzziness, fat tummies, and perfectly curved, tiny claws. They are starting to grow a fine coat of fur now, but they also still have the white fuzzy lanugo that covered them when they were born. They will have a full coat of fur in about another week and will then truly look like miniatures of their parents.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 06, 2013, 01:34:32 PM
Monday, August 5

Can you believe that the cubs are already 3 weeks old?! It is absolutely incredible how much the cubs grow and develop each day. On my drive to work, I find myself wondering how much bigger the cubs will be since the last time I saw them (usually less than 24 hours before). How much more fur will have grown in? Just in the last few days, the changes have been very noticeable.  heir black markings have become darker and more pronounced, and their fur has really grown in.  While they still have just a few more days to go before they look like miniature pandas, they now look more black-and-white than black-and-pink. The cubs’ weight gain depends on how much they nurse during each swap and can fluctuate, just like our adult pandas. The weight gain can be small (10-20 grams), but it can also be very large, sometimes as much as 50 grams in four hours (the current length of time between swaps). Usually they fall somewhere right in the middle. As of the last swap, Cub A is now 601.0 grams and Cub B is 628.2 grams.  

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


Tuesday, August 6
 Lun Lun is now fairly regularly leaving the cubs for extra meals and potty breaks. Usually, we watch her from our AV room where we have multiple monitors set up with two different views of her den. When she gets up and leaves the cub, we will head into the hallway and see what she is up to. When she is hungry, she almost always meets us at the front of her adjacent den. If we peek in and see her sitting there, we know it is her way of telling us that she wants food. Up until recently, Lun Lun hasn't been comfortable with us closing the shift door between her and the cub, but today she has allowed us to do so, twice. We are swapping the cubs every four hours, but these times in between give us the opportunity to even more closely monitor the cubs. While Lun Lun eats, we are able to take the cub, weigh him, and keep him warm until she is ready to return to him. This is great for her because she can focus on eating without a fussy cub yelling at her. It is also helpful for us because we are able to get a mid-swap weight. With all of the necessary appliances and air conditioning running in the building, it can sometimes be difficult to hear the cub nurse unless Lun Lun has him completely uncovered. Getting a mid-swap weight allows us to more accurately gauge how much milk the cub is getting when he nurses, especially if we can't confidently say that he has nursed for a significant amount of time. If the cub hasn't gained much weight or decreases in weight, we know that he needs more time with mom so he can continue to grow big and strong. We also keep a close eye on the cub in the incubator. If he starts to get fussy, we know that he is getting hungry and will need to be swapped sooner. As many keepers have said before, happy pandas means happy keepers. This is true for the cubs now too!
Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


Jen Web, Keeper I, loves spending time watching Lun Lun with her cubs. She couldn't wait to share this with our Cub Confidential subscribers:

 "Lun Lun is rather comical when she has cubs. I’m used to her normal no-nonsense, wham-bam-done and thank-you-very-much personality. But when she has cubs, she’s really cute and she does everything slowly. Like any mother, she has her ways of doing things. This includes how she lies down and the method she takes to get into position. For example, if the cub is being fussy she will sometimes sit up, spin around, and then hunch over in the front corner of her nest box, shoving her face in the corner. It doesn’t look very comfortable, but the cub almost always quiets. When we are ready for a cub swap, sometimes Lun is already “in position” – which is facing the bars, either lying down or sitting up.  If she isn’t “in position” and she realizes that we would like to swap her cub for a yummy piece of sugarcane, she always gets “in position” in the same way: this funny forward roll with a spin-kick. It’s hard to describe but super cute to watch. She rolls, spins, pushes off against the wall with her hind feet – whatever is required to move and keep her little one happy at the same time."


(http://gallery.mailchimp.com/d9031a7794b0f73577cc878c5/images/luinlun.jpg)

With our Veterinary and Animal Management Team in the Panda Nursery 24/7, they take the cutest pictures of our cubs. Take a look at a couple of the pictures Jen snapped for us:

(http://gallery.mailchimp.com/d9031a7794b0f73577cc878c5/images/cubs.png)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 06, 2013, 05:30:53 PM
oh my! .... the photos are really super .... how adorable! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/SmileyHeartsjumpingmed_zpseaf6f1e2.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/SmileyHeartsjumpingmed_zpseaf6f1e2.gif.html)

Thanks hermit (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/SmileyThankyou3_zps27cbcf5e.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/SmileyThankyou3_zps27cbcf5e.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on August 07, 2013, 05:50:58 AM
Sweet, sweet ... :love: 

Love the tongue.:nod2:

Thank you, hermit. :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 08, 2013, 01:45:31 AM
Wednesday, August 7

We have mentioned that the twins were a bit of a surprise to us. We knew twins were a strong possibility and we were well prepared to care for twins, but we didn’t know that Lun Lun was going to have twins. We’ve received some questions about why we didn’t see two fetuses through ultrasound. Lun Lun did not cooperate as frequently with ultrasound during this pregnancy as she did for her last pregnancy. She was especially sleepy and reluctant to move to the ultrasound area. And when she did get into the right position, she often did not stay very long. During this pregnancy we only saw a fetus twice, and we did not get any images in the last week of the pregnancy. Thus, the vets were not able to image her entire uterus in any session. That’s what they have done in the past to look for twins. Also, in the last few days of the pregnancy, the fetuses are larger and easier to see. If we had been able to get ultrasound images in the few days prior to birth, it would have been easier to see both fetuses. Perhaps Lun Lun was more sleepy and less patient with us because she was pouring a lot of energy into growing two cubs instead of just one. 

Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 08, 2013, 01:58:01 PM
A few times, we've seen Lun Lun on PandaCam without a cub. What's that about? Jen Webb, Keeper I, shared some interesting facts about mama bear:

 "Since Lun Lun spends the vast majority of her time focusing on whichever cub she has, she is not eating nearly as much bamboo as usual. Giant pandas consume between 30 and 50 pounds of it every day. Like people, the giant pandas prefer sweeter foods when they are available. Higher calorie foods tend to be sweeter, which is one reason we and other species have evolved to be attracted to sweet foods. The leafeater biscuits and produce we offer the pandas as a supplement to the bamboo is their preferred food. Bamboo also takes a lot longer to process and consume than biscuits and produce. Lun Lun prefers to eat biscuits and produce over the bamboo. She will consume bamboo, but very little right now. This is completely normal behavior and makes perfect sense. Since she is spending most of her time and energy caring for her offspring, she prefers to eat higher calorie food that takes less time to consume.
 
 However, when giant pandas aren't eating bamboo that well (for whatever reason), they are more likely to have a mucous stool. Giant pandas have mucus-producing cells lining their digestive tract. This mucus protects the digestive tract from the sharp pieces of bamboo that pandas consume. Sometimes the mucus sloughs and a panda will pass this excess mucus in stool. Mucous stools usually occur when a giant panda doesn’t eat its usual amount of bamboo for a period of weeks. This varies quite a bit by individual, though.
 
 For a few hours prior to passing a mucous stool, a giant panda will generally curl into a ball and sleep until excreting the stool. Since Lun Lun isn't consuming a normal amount of bamboo, I wasn't really surprised when she started to show behavior recently that indicated she was going to have a mucous stool. Giant panda mothers do not always go through this, but Lun Lun has done this when caring for her previous cubs so we weren't worried. Since we are regularly swapping the cubs, we decided to give her a little break from both of them. The cubs got to hang out in the incubator while Lun Lun passed her mucous stool. Then, in typical panda fashion, as soon as Lun passed the stool she was 100 percent back to normal. She was hungry and wanting a cub back."


(http://gallery.mailchimp.com/d9031a7794b0f73577cc878c5/images/lun.1.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on August 08, 2013, 07:13:29 PM
Thanks, hermit.

That is without a doubt one of the sweetest and most tender ~mother with baby~ photos I have ever seen.:love: :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 08, 2013, 08:19:27 PM
Thanks, hermit.

That is without a doubt one of the sweetest and most tender ~mother with baby~ photos I have ever seen.:love: :nod2:

... I'll second that .... just beautiful     (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartsteenypink_zps70a3d052.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartsteenypink_zps70a3d052.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 09, 2013, 01:26:23 AM
Thursday, August 8

Now that Lun Lun is leaving the cubs uncovered more and more, if you watch closely on PandaCam you might be able to see a cub nursing. Lun Lun nurses in a variety of positions. Sometimes she is lying down and it’s very hard to see the cub at all. But one of her nursing postures is sitting up and that’s when you are most likely to get a glimpse. You will also notice that she often licks the cub while in this position. She does a great job keeping the cubs very clean. She often licks them while they are nursing. That increases the difficulty when we are listening for nursing, because it’s hard to hear the quiet sound of suckling when the louder sound of her licking is also occurring. It’s much easier now that we can see the cubs better.

Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp-hkYndu08


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 10, 2013, 01:34:24 AM
Friday, August 9
 The cubs are growing so quickly! They change almost every day, so it is getting more difficult to tell them apart. Strangely enough, it is actually easier to identify them when they are separate than when they are together! Cub B is still slightly larger than Cub A, but not by much. We all have different ways of distinguishing the cubs. Some of us look at the saddle – Cub A has a thinner saddle than Cub B. Some of us identify them by their mouths – Cub A has more black pigment around his mouth than Cub B. Some of us use their body shape – Cub B is long and slender, Cub A is short and chubby. Some of us see other minor differences such as Cub B has longer ear hair than Cub A or Cub B has a fluffier face than Cub A. Most of these things will change with time, so as the cubs change, our ways of identifying them will have to change too.
Heather
Carnivore Keeper III


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 10, 2013, 04:28:41 PM
I loved the '25 days of Giant Panda Cubs' video ... ABC World News ran it tonight as well  :clap

Thanks hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 12, 2013, 01:36:34 PM
Monday, August 12

Our pandas are trained to take part in some really neat behaviors, but there is one that has proven very useful since Lun gave birth almost a month ago. The “bamboo” behavior is utilized by keepers when any of our pandas are not particularly interested in their bamboo.  Maybe it’s leafy and they would rather eat the culm (the stalk) or vice versa, or maybe they just don’t like the particular species that is offered. Either way, this equates to unhappy pandas.  So our keepers came up with a great way to encourage the pandas to eat bamboo – they trade them one bite of bamboo for a biscuit. It doesn’t matter how big or small of a bite they take. As long as they take a bite, they get a reward. Eventually the panda settles down to eating without further encouragement, and the keepers can get back to cleaning or any of our other various duties.

 This has been extremely useful over the last four weeks on the nursery side of the panda building. Biscuits and produce are high in sugar and are a much quicker and easier food to consume than bamboo. But I guess that’s what happens when a carnivore prefers to eat plants. In small quantities, bamboo is not very nutritious, and it’s difficult to digest. It takes a lot of energy to eat enough bamboo to provide enough nutrition for one bear, let alone a mom and her two cubs. So it hasn’t been surprising that Lun prefers biscuits and produce over bamboo. However, it’s important that Lun Lun eats bamboo well too. That’s the best food for her and should still make up the largest part of her diet. We have been using the “bamboo” behavior to encourage Lun to eat more bamboo. Sure enough, all that encouragement paid off last night. During a swap, I offered Lun two large, leafy stalks of bamboo. She shifted away from her cub eagerly and went straight for the bamboo before I even had to ask. It’s great seeing her so content to eat, not to mention the fat bellies on both cubs!  

 Speaking of the cubs, they’re 4 weeks old and doing great! Cub A weighs 888 grams, and Cub B weighs 954 grams!

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals



Happy 1 Month Birthday!
 
That's right, our two cubs are officially 1 month old today! Rebecca Snyder, PhD, our Curator of Mammals, remembers the first night they were born:

 "I remember worrying over them the first night and saying to Dr. Sam, 'I cannot wait until they are a month old.' I thought if we could get them to 1 month old we would be in good shape. Dr. Sam wanted to fast forward to 4 months old. I’m sure he continued to feel that way since he worked 12-hour night shifts with them for the first month. The month flew by for me, and everything is going great! We do have to remain vigilant about their care and health, though. They will still be vulnerable for the next couple of months. But, each day that they remain healthy and gain weight is a triumph!"

 Thanks, Rebecca. Time flies, and the cubs are growing so fast! By the way … anyone wondering why we’re mentioning this today and not on August 15, since they were born on July 15? Our veterinarians count them at 1 month old at four weeks. That’s today!


(http://gallery.mailchimp.com/d9031a7794b0f73577cc878c5/images/CUBS.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 12, 2013, 02:20:53 PM
ooooooo! They are starting to look like miniature pandas .... so sweet (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartsredtinypulseup_zpsd9db5ec1.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartsredtinypulseup_zpsd9db5ec1.gif.html)

 .... thanks hermit! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 13, 2013, 01:32:25 PM
Tuesday, August 13

The cub swaps have been going really well since the twins were a few days old, but they have become even better lately. Lun Lun now regularly shifts away from the cub she has. While she is away, the door between the dens is closed. We enter the den that contains the nest box to remove one cub and place the other cub in the nest box. Then the door between the dens is opened. When Lun Lun is finished eating in the adjacent den, she goes straight to the nest box to pick up the cub. We are still doing the swaps approximately every four hours.

Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


A new milestone: Weighing more than a kilogram? That might not sound like a big deal, but it is for someone who only weighed slightly more than 145 grams at birth! Keeper Jennifer Andrew shares an update on the cubs’ weights:

“Last night, Cub B reached a new milestone. He now weighs over one kilogram (2.2 pounds)! This might not seem like much, but if you look back to the day the cubs were born, this is quite a feat. When the cubs were born, Cub A and Cub B only weighed 99.1 grams and 145.3 grams, respectively. In just one month, they have grown and developed a lot! They are no longer pink and fuzzy, but have almost full coats and their relatives’ signature black-and-white markings. Being the smaller of the cubs, Cub A is usually one step behind his brother developmentally. Don’t worry – we expect him to reach this milestone today!”

It's OK, boys. You'll sail past 200 pounds soon enough. For now, we're savoring your cub-hood and weights in grams!


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_cubs2013_130808_cubs_a_b_incubator_ZA_3336_600.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 14, 2013, 01:39:11 PM
Wednesday, August 14

Now that the cubs are a month old, everyone is taking a small breath. The cubs are still quite vulnerable and fragile, but they’ve passed the 1 kilogram mark so we’re all very happy. Staffing has shifted a bit as well! Deng Tao used to work during the day, helping to care for the cubs and sharing his vast knowledge of cub rearing.  While he slept in the den adjacent to Lun’s nesting den, the overnight crew consisted of a vet and a nursery keeper. Now that the cubs are a month old, Deng and the vets have swapped shifts: Deng now works overnight while a vet is here during the day. Even better is that Deng now feels comfortable enough to sleep outside the building! This new arrangement is very beneficial a our vet staff now have more time to take care of the other more than 1,500 critters here at Zoo Atlanta.  The cubs and Lun are clueless, obviously. They are still getting round-the-clock care and attention so their world hasn’t changed one bit.

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_cubs2013_130805_nursery_colleague_cubs_stimulate_ZA_3166.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on August 14, 2013, 02:38:14 PM
Thanks for posting the latest good news, hermit.  So happy the cublets are doing so well and equally happy that Deng Tao has been liberated, so to speak.  Hope he's now sleeping in a plush bed - he certainly deserves the best. :flower  :flower  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 16, 2013, 01:36:39 AM
Thursday, August 15

Heather weighed Lun Lun today for the first time since the twins were born. Lun Lun weighed 108 kg. This was surprising to Heather and me. We expected her to weigh about 100 kg. That is the weight we normally try to have Lun Lun maintain. As we have been reporting for weeks, she hasn’t been eating much since the last three weeks of her pregnancy. She did look thin the week after the cubs were born. But her appetite has picked up and she has been eating better. So, I expected that she would have regained the weight she lost and be close to her normal weight of 100 kg. Boy, was I wrong. She’s a bit heavier than we normally allow. I’m actually quite happy about that, though. It’s great that she is above her normal weight while nursing twins. It’s an indication that she is keeping up well with the cubs’ demand for milk. We increased her diet when she had her previous cubs and allowed her weight to increase. We have increased even more this time, because of the twins. It seems to be working!

Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Panda Cub B, photo by keeper III Heather Roberts

(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_cubs2013_130813_heatherroberts_Cub_B_600.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 16, 2013, 08:08:06 AM
That cubby is simply adorable! :heart0:

They always support good nutrition, not worrying too much about weight loss to bring the new Mom into non pregnant weight standards while human moms are nursing .... good to know that general lactation rules are supported in the zoo keeper's business too. Lun needs good nutrition to make milk for the cubbies  :nod2: So glad everything is going well at the Zoo Atlanta Panda quarters! :thumbsup1:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 16, 2013, 01:23:08 PM
Who's Who?
 
While the boys might have been born only two minutes apart, they are complete opposites! Jen Webb, Keeper I, has been keeping note of their individual personalities:
 
“The cubs' personalities become more distinct each and every day, and it's a true joy to watch. Cub A, the firstborn and smaller of the two, is definitely the needy one. He's always fussy about something and always has an opinion to share about anything that happens in his little world. Cub A also likes to sleep more than eat during the night, which can be a little frustrating as we want him to grow big and strong.


(https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d9031a7794b0f73577cc878c5/images/panda_cubs2013_150813_jenwebb_BigYawnCubA.JPG)
 
His younger, but bigger, brother is pretty mellow and is always willing to eat. He's fairly relaxed about most things; however, when he gets upset he does not hold back on volume. Out of the blue, and seemingly for no apparent reason, he will squawk loudly and then go right back to sleep. Or he'll squawk loudly when we have to pick him up to check his temperature in the incubator, but then a second later he’s perfectly calm and relaxed. I think he just likes to remind everyone that he's not to be forgotten – as if we could ever forget the ’unexpected’ one!”

(https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d9031a7794b0f73577cc878c5/images/CubB_CubA_8_12_JW_.1.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 16, 2013, 02:20:53 PM
How sweet they both are ... cute that they are so different (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartmedmakingsm_zps481b21e5.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartmedmakingsm_zps481b21e5.gif.html)

Thanks hermit (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileythankssmwflower_zps4913d4ac.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileythankssmwflower_zps4913d4ac.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on August 16, 2013, 02:59:28 PM
Sweet, Sweet, Sweet :!: :!:

Love these two cublets.:love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 16, 2013, 09:20:30 PM
SO cute!  :love: Thanks hermit.

I looked at the cam tonight and got these scaps of Lun cuddling one of her cubs.  :flower

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/pandacub2.jpg)

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/pandacub1.jpg)

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/pandacub3.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 17, 2013, 03:00:21 AM
Lun Lun is a perfect mother.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 17, 2013, 03:01:23 AM
Friday, August 16

Since this is Lun Lun's first time having twins, we want to get a blood sample just make sure she is in optimal health. We have no reason to be concerned, but there's no harm in being extra cautious. This is where all of the hard work we keepers have spent training the animals in our care comes in handy. Lun Lun is trained to participate in voluntary blood draws. We have removable training panels in one of her dens where we can slide the blood sleeve apparatus into (basically it's a PVC tube that she sticks her arm into and grabs a bar with her paw). We ask her to place her forearm into the sleeve, shave a small patch of fur, and then the vet is able to get a blood sample while the keeper keeps her distracted with some food.  All of our giant pandas are trained for the behavior (well, Po is still in the process of learning it). Lun Lun, like the other pandas, has no problem whatsoever with the blood sleeve. It's actually harder to keep their paws out of it, as they have such a strong association with having a paw in the blood sleeve and getting food. Overnight, during one of the cub swaps, I asked Lun Lun to come over to the blood sleeve to see if she was interested in a quick practice session with the blood sleeve. Like a champ she came right over and trained great! As with all other training at Zoo Atlanta, we use positive reinforcement and the training is completely voluntary, so Lun had the option to walk away whenever she wanted. But as usual she wouldn't leave until I gave her the signal that we were all done with the training session. She's such a rockstar panda!

Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 17, 2013, 12:34:02 PM
Wow .... Lun is a Rockstar!  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyfirstplaceribbon_zps691d2143.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyfirstplaceribbon_zps691d2143.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 19, 2013, 04:40:42 PM
Lun Lun nursing a cubbie today  :love:

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k134/birdofprey25/Pandas/ZAAugust192013.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on August 19, 2013, 06:30:28 PM
Beautiful Mama. Beautiful chubby cubbie!!  :heart0:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 19, 2013, 08:04:42 PM
Awwwhhhh .... so sweet (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartsredtinypulseup_zpsd9db5ec1.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartsredtinypulseup_zpsd9db5ec1.gif.html)

 ... thank you BOP ! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileythankssmwflower_zps74f17645.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileythankssmwflower_zps74f17645.gif.html)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/SmileyWelcomesign_zpsfc3ebc44.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/SmileyWelcomesign_zpsfc3ebc44.gif.html) sylvia! It's always nice to have a new member here (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps090e4a80.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps090e4a80.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 20, 2013, 01:41:56 AM
Monday, August 19

We weigh each cub right before they are returned to Lun Lun and right after they are brought to the incubator. This helps us track their development as well as how much they are eating. I arrived for my shift last night just in time for a cub swap. During this swap, it was Cub A’s turn to spend some time in the incubator while Cub B spent time with Lun Lun. Little did we know that Cub A had a huge surprise for us when we weighed him – he gained 111 grams in just four hours! This is an incredible weight increase for him in just one swap considering that, at this stage, we expect each cub to gain an average of 50-75 grams in one day. It is not entirely surprising that Cub A ate a lot in one swap, but it is surprising that he gained that much weight in such a short period of time. Cub A tends to nurse for a long time at one swap (sometimes gaining up to 80 grams in four hours). After that, he will nurse a little, but he spends most of the next couple of swaps sleeping, even if Lun Lun tries to wake him up to nurse. This means that he doesn’t always gain weight at every swap, and sometimes he loses some weight. This is okay because he is right on track for panda growth and development and still gains an average of 50-75 grams each day. Cub B, on the other hand, typically nurses for a while at every swap so his weight gain is more evenly spread out throughout the day. This is just another way the cubs are different! The cubs now weigh 1,294 grams (Cub A) and 1,306.7 grams (Cub B).

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


Welcome, Sylvia.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on August 20, 2013, 05:03:12 AM
Thank you, nightengale and hermit, for your words of welcome. I appreciate.

And it is so thrilling, and so much fun, to watch these little guys. Thank you, ZA, for sharing with us!  :clap1:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 20, 2013, 12:11:51 PM
We have an update from Cub Confidential ...

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You'll often see Lun Lun resting in the nest box with a cub, but what's the material in there? Dr. Rebecca Snyder gives Cub Confidential subscribers behind-the-scenes insights on the mystery material:

"The bedding we use in the nest box is grass hay. We've found that hay works best, and Lun Lun is comfortable with it. When she had her first cub, Mei Lan, we only used grass hay bedding, and it worked well. It's all we've used since.

Some giant pandas shred bamboo to make their own bedding or nests. Lun Lun didn't do much of that until this year, when we saw her make some large bamboo nests. Our colleagues from Chengdu are concerned about allowing a mother to have a bamboo nest, because there could be sharp branches in the nest which could potentially harm a newborn. It's a small risk, but not one they're willing to take. We've followed suit and removed the bamboo from the nest box."

Thanks, Rebecca! Lun Lun and the cubs always look so comfy in the grass hay!


(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/nightengale14072001/ZA0820132_zps7c531650.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/nightengale14072001/ZA0820132_zps7c531650.jpg.html)

 
Dr. Sam checks in

Our tireless Associated Veterinarian, Dr. Sam Rivera, popped in to give us the scoop on measuring the cubs:

"Now that the giant panda cubs are almost 3 pounds and better able to regulate their body temperatures, we are monitoring their growth by taking specific body measurements outside the incubator weekly.  In addition to the body weight, we measure total body length, tail length, neck, chest, and abdomen girth, feet length, and forearm and hind leg length, among a few others. These measurements allow us to monitor normal growth and development and also to compare their development to their brothers (Mei Lan, Xi Lan and Po) and other cubs elsewhere. As you can imagine, it is a bit tricky to hold the cubs still in order to get accurate measurements. Now that Cub A’s eyes are open and he's more active, he is certainly making our job a bit more challenging."

But come on, Dr. Sam, is that really a bad challenge to have? We're enjoying the updates!


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 20, 2013, 02:38:00 PM
Thanks, Chris.  They are so adorable.  I can't wait to see them playing together.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 20, 2013, 08:59:17 PM
Thanks, Chris and hermit.

Welcome, Sylvia!  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on August 21, 2013, 10:06:27 AM
Thank you, BOP... nice to be here.

Just writing to send Kudos, Kudos to the caregivers who take such terrific care of Lun Lun and cublets. Last night, about 9:30pm EST, I looked at the Panda Cam. It showed Mama in her adjacent den, taking a breather and having a tasty bamboo feast. Several times, she poked her big old paw at the screened window, and then a keeper's hand would appear, giving her a treat. So fun to see! One other noteworthy thing ... how absolutely immaculate Lun Lun's den is! The incredible care and attention to every detail by the ZA staff has resulted in two healthy chubby babies and a healthy mom. Thank you, amazing ZA folks!  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 21, 2013, 01:18:57 PM
Tuseday, August 20

Panda cubs are not able to urinate or defecate on their own until they are around 4 months old. So, every couple of hours, a panda mom will stimulate her cub to do so by licking him. Lun Lun does a great job of this for whichever cub she has at the time, but what about the cub in the incubator? Four hours is a little too long to wait when you’re as tiny as a panda cub, so the nursery staff steps in to stimulate the cub to urinate and defecate every two hours. This is actually much more difficult than it looks, especially now that the cubs are bigger…and wiggly!

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals

Wednesday, August 21

I'm gone for four days and I come back to discover that the cubs look like they got twice as big! We're evening using the second incubator more often now because trying to manage both cubs in one incubator is already proving to be a challenge! It's much easier to tell Cub A from his brother because he's got such a big round belly, whereas his brother is more streamlined around the middle. This is ironic when you think about the fact that Cub B is usually the heavier of the two! And in just four days’ absence, it's amazing to see how much more comfortable both cubs and Lun are when she leaves to eat. Current weights: A: 1.3850 kg  and B: 1.3521 kg.

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_cubs2013_130819_cub_b_a_incubator_ZA_3471.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 21, 2013, 04:33:55 PM
They are really growing by leaps and bounds now! Thank you hermit for the update and the picture  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 21, 2013, 05:43:46 PM
Thanks, hermit.
I'm getting a visual of the keepers licking the cubs  :shock:  :lollol: to stimulate urination/defecation, but somehow I wonder if they really use another method?  :hmm


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on August 21, 2013, 06:37:46 PM
I believe they use a warm washcloth for newborn kittens, BOP....   :hide


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 21, 2013, 09:27:34 PM
Thanks JudyB. Much as I love the cubbies, that is what I would prefer to use too.  :mhihi: :->


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 22, 2013, 01:59:20 PM
Thursday, August 22
I have learned a lot about panda cub rearing from Deng Tao. We're so lucky to have his expertise! And he is learning a lot about our mom's personality. Lun Lun seems quite content to lie down and cuddle with her cub after it has nursed for a bit, whereas Deng would like her to encourage the cub to nurse for longer periods. Since the cubs can only squirm and roll over right now, it is easiest for them to nurse while Lun is sitting up, supporting their weight. It is also easier for the cub to venture to all four teats to nurse in this position. When she lies down, it's harder for the cubs to get to a teat to nurse. They'll vocalize of course, and Lun is attentive in repositioning her body and theirs, but an upright position is ideal. When the cubs are older and can crawl a bit, it won't matter if Lun is lying down because they'll be able to find a teat on their own. The cubs are still gaining weight, so we're not super concerned. Their weights are actually right on target with their big brothers Xi Lan and Po at the same age! So far, Mei Lan has been the heaviest cub, but not by much. We know this from compiling all the data we have from all five offspring and graphing it together to see if the twins are too heavy or too light compared to their brothers. We weren’t really worried, but having the graphs reassures us that the cubs are gaining weight steadily and proportionally to that of Lun’s other offspring. The analytical nerd in me loves doing data analysis, so this is yet another perk of being a nursery keeper! On a side note, panda cub grunts and "annoyed" vocalizations are ridiculously cute. They get so moody sometimes and you can't help but laugh!
Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


Dr. Sam Rivera, Associate Veterinarian, is extremely grateful for all the hard work from the Zoo Atlanta staff since the twins’ birth. He wanted to send a special thank you out through Cub Confidential:

“Many of you have heard of the outstanding job our Chinese colleague, Deng Tao, nursery keepers and veterinary staff has done caring for the cubs. But the job of caring for the cubs goes beyond this group. Zoo Atlanta's staff has been extremely helpful in providing aid where needed and graciously working around the veterinarians’ schedule. Furthermore, the other panda keepers are doing an outstanding job taking care of our three other pandas while restricted to only half of the building. The other half is set up as the nursery and Lun Lun’s dens.
 
 Special thanks go to our group of dedicated friends that have made significant contributions to our efforts. Through our website’s “wish list,” friends from across the country have made invaluable contributions through the purchase of equipment for the nursery. These donations are of great help, especially when caring for two cubs.”

Thank you, Dr. Sam. We couldn’t agree more! We know that it takes a village to raise a child, and we’re so grateful for the ongoing support and commitment of our extended Zoo family.


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 22, 2013, 05:28:57 PM
Cute picture  :love: ... thanks hermit for posting the update  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on August 22, 2013, 06:09:25 PM
 :love: :love: :love: that picture!!!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 23, 2013, 01:23:15 PM
Friday, August 23

 The cubs are becoming more active. When they are alone - whether in the incubator or if Lun Lun is away eating - they are very busy doing their “exercises” as I call them. They stretch and roll, kick their legs, and do crunches when on their backs. They cannot scoot yet, but they can wiggle and roll themselves along for short distances. These movements are an important part of their development. They are learning to use their muscles and building up strength. Before we know it, they will be scooting around on their bellies trying to follow Lun Lun!
Heather R
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 23, 2013, 03:22:21 PM
Very cool  :nod2:  Thanks hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on August 23, 2013, 03:39:15 PM
From ZA's Twitter feed...  new video!!
on.11alive.com/1c13lnr   (http://on.11alive.com/1c13lnr)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 24, 2013, 01:47:21 AM
Thanks, Sylvia.  :bigsmile:

Here's another video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z9IEy8j1eM


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 24, 2013, 01:53:52 PM
Thanks, sylvia and hermit. Their little eyes are starting to open.  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on August 24, 2013, 03:04:08 PM
Ditto.  :bigsmile:

Terrific videos, S and H. :flower  Such a sweet, sweet family.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 24, 2013, 04:24:20 PM
ooooooooooo! Aren't they just the most adorable little creatures!!!!!! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartmedmakingsm_zpsdc3f8b94.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartmedmakingsm_zpsdc3f8b94.gif.html)

Thanks sylvia and hermit!!! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyrose_zps5b6bd70e.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyrose_zps5b6bd70e.gif.html)  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyrose_zps5b6bd70e.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyrose_zps5b6bd70e.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on August 24, 2013, 06:31:24 PM
I loved Lun Lun's subtle ear wiggling as she lay with her baby. Such a wonderful mom!  :heart0:

Sending hopes and warm thoughts Washington-way tonight as another new panda mom begins her journey.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 24, 2013, 10:25:02 PM
a couple of scaps from Aug. 24:

cubbie in the hay
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Lun returns and cuddles her little one
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Lun Lun turns 16 today. :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 25, 2013, 01:57:51 PM
Happy Birthday, Lun Lun.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on August 26, 2013, 07:33:46 PM
Those beautiful cublets turned 6 wk old today!   :hooray
Kudos to Mama Lun Lun and the wonderful caregivers!!! What a magnificent team!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 26, 2013, 08:51:31 PM
I missed Lun Lun's Birthday (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyohdearohno_zpsf0170350.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyohdearohno_zpsf0170350.gif.html)

Happy Belated B Day Lun!
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Thanks for the pictures BOP :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 27, 2013, 02:29:38 AM
Monday, August 26

 At one point last night while Cub B was in the incubator, he really didn’t want to have his temperature taken or to be stimulated to eliminate. He let us know this by vocalizing very loudly, so we decided to let him rest and try again later. He was so loud, however, that even Lun Lun heard him. I don’t think she knows that she has two cubs yet, but I do think she was very confused at the noise from an additional cub. She looked down at Cub A, who she was holding, but he was quietly nursing.  Then she looked up in the direction of the nursery. As soon as the noise stopped, she settled down with Cub A for a nap.
 
Jennifer A
Keeper I, Mammals


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 27, 2013, 08:03:47 AM
Wow :shock: ... it's hard to fool Momma :wink2: :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 27, 2013, 10:43:23 AM
Thanks hermit. I wonder what Lun Lun will think when the cubs are old enough to follow her around and they put both of them in with her at the same time?  :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 27, 2013, 02:58:03 PM
We have a new Cub Confidential Report with pictures ....


We've had an exciting past few days in the giant panda building, from a national appearance on Good Morning America to Lun Lun's sweet 16! We caught up with a few of the folks in the giant panda building for an update.

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Check out that fuzzy hair!

Ready for their close-ups ...


Dr. Hayley Murphy shared an update about Friday morning's appearance on Good Morning America:

"Never a dull moment in the giant panda building! The Good Morning America crew were here at the break of dawn on Friday to film a live segment in the nursery to use to promote the longer piece we filmed Thursday. Originally, they said they would film live at 8 a.m., so I was a little taken aback , when I arrived at 7 a.m. to take Deng home and start my shift, that they really wanted to film at 7:20 a.m.! Luckily, they were great to work with, and we settled in quickly to do what needed to be done!
 
The cubs are doing very well. We had an interesting kink in our system after Good Morning America left Friday, though. Our system for keeping track of which cub is where  has thus far been the cubs’ accompanying veterinary charts. Friday morning, though, the power got temporarily switched off to accommodate resetting of some alarm panels. This caused the incubator alarms to go off in one unit, and it was during a cub swap so we had both cubs out. I had just weighed A and we ended up putting both cubs into one incubator so we could reset the other one. Fortunately everything turned out just fine.   
 
Cub A had gained so much weight at the first swap of my shift (gained 78.8 grams to weigh 1,536.5 grams) that I almost could have mistaken him for his brother. I re-weighed them both to make sure the scale was accurate. Then I put them side by side with my hand on the cub I had weighed as  Cub A, and sure enough, he had Cub A’s rougher coat and narrower band on his back!"

Friday was an exciting day for pandas, period. We congratulate our friends at Smithsonian's National Zoo on the birth of a cub in Washington, D.C. This is outstanding news for the giant panda programs in the U.S.!

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Panda Keeper Heather Roberts (above) has worked with our black-and-white bears for quite some time, but this photo suggests that the excitement of cubs never really wears off!

Happy birthday, Lun Lun!

Dr. Murphy (who, by the way, is rarely seen outside the panda building) also gave us an update on Lun Lun's birthday on August 25. What does a busy, nursing mother of two get for her birthday? We got the scoop:

"Happy birthday, Lun Lun! Our mama bear turned 16 on Sunday. We tried to make this a special day, so we gave Lun some treats mixed with a few ice cubes during a cub swap. We didn’t give her a lot of ice  because we didn’t want her to get the cubs cold or wet, but of course we didn’t have to worry. She knew what to do. She ate the treats, then left the ice behind. She is such a good mom.
 
Things have settled into a nice routine here in the cub nursery, but we haven’t forgotten how crazy those first few weeks were, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park panda team as they monitor their newborn cub and new mom! Those first few hours, days and weeks are incredibly labor-intensive and stressful, even with one cub, so we can sympathize from afar!  We are all pulling for them and praying for a good outcome!"

Meanwhile, our cubs are 43 days old today. What big milestone will be next?


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 28, 2013, 01:29:11 AM
Thanks, Chris.  :bigsmile:

Tuesday, August 27
 Lun Lun has been spending small amounts of time away from the cubs for a while now, but recently she has been leaving them for longer periods of time. Last night, she left each cub on his own for a little over an hour and took some time to eat bamboo and take a nap. This is normal at this stage in the cubs’ development, as a mother panda in the wild would need to leave the den to find and eat bamboo, sometimes staying away for hours at a time. Lun Lun doesn’t go far though, and she’s always listening out for whichever cub she has at the time. Now that the cubs are older and have full coats, they are able to stay warm on their own for these short periods of time, and we don’t worry about them when Lun Lun leaves the nest box for awhile. She is a fantastic mom! If she hears the cub vocalize, she will check on him, whether she just looks over at him or walks over to the nest box to watch him.  If she feels that she needs to return to the cub, she will.  Otherwise, she seems content to let him spend some time on his own. Most of the time, the cub will sleep, but this is also the perfect time to work on those “exercises” that Heather mentioned!
Jennifer A
Keeper I, Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 28, 2013, 01:27:19 PM
Wednesday, August 28
 We decided to give Lun access to all three of the dens she usually has when raising a cub. Now that the cubs are older and able to self-regulate their core temperature better, Lun feels comfortable leaving the cubs to eat and/or rest in an adjacent den for long stretches of time. To give her a little more variety, we cub-proofed Den 1 and gave her access to it (while having a cub) for the first time today. This den has an elevated platform that we use to weigh the giant pandas. Since a cub falling off this platform could easily harm it, Lun only has access to this den under supervision. So far she has not tried to carry the cub out of the nest box, but she definitely seems to enjoy having more room to move about and having more options. Plus, it is easier for the keepers to clean since we can alternate in which den she gets fresh bamboo and biscuits/produce.  Like a devoted mom, she never stays away from her cub for too long, but it’s nice that she has the ability to get a little “mommy time” while her little one sleeps in the nest box.
Jen W
 Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on August 28, 2013, 05:06:59 PM
Appreciate the updates, hermit. :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on August 29, 2013, 01:26:48 PM
Thanks Chris and hermit.  :bigsmile:

Cubbie nursing with mama :love:
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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 29, 2013, 01:29:47 PM
Thanks, BOP.  :bigsmile:

Thursday, August 29
 These cubs can be a handful at times, even for Lun who’s an experienced mother. They have their moments where they are very fussy and Lun’s constantly repositioning herself and the cub so that it can nurse or get more comfy. I can’t help but fast-forward to the moment where we give Lun both her cubs. She’ll be a rockstar, no doubt about that…but even rockstar Lun will have to get used to pacifying two fussy fuzzballs at once! Although I can’t wait to see them playing together and to see Lun playing with them because it will be adorable! Current cub weights: A: 1.735 kilograms; B: 1.736 kilograms.
Jen W
Keeper I, Carnivores




Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 29, 2013, 01:45:02 PM
Curator of Mammals Rebecca Snyder, PhD, shares a behind-the-scenes look at the cubs’ next milestone – the eruption of their first baby teeth!

“It’s extremely cute when we see the cubs yawn and stretch inside the incubators. It also gives us the opportunity to look inside their mouths. We can see that their incisors are close to erupting. They are visible just beneath the surface of the gums. We noted during an exam of our first cub, Mei Lan, that his incisors were at the gum line when he was 50 days old, and his teeth were erupting at 77 days old. Giant panda cubs’ teeth usually start to erupt at around 75 days, but that can vary quite a bit. Since we examine the twins closely daily, we will be able to more closely pinpoint the day the first teeth erupt. But, It will be a long time before those teeth are ready to take on bamboo! Young cubs manipulate and taste bamboo, but giant pandas do not start to ingest a significant amount of bamboo until they are 13 to 14 months old.”



Wow, they won’t be eating bamboo for a while! But, we love watching them nurse with mom. We’re excited for Lun Lun to care for both of her cubs at that same time. Many of our subscribers have asked questions about this introduction, and we’re listening! Rebecca explains:

“ I don’t see this as an introduction, because Lun Lun has been caring for both cubs since they were born. When both cubs are able to walk well, we will put both of them in the nest box while Lun Lun is in one of the adjacent enclosures. She will come back to find two cubs instead of one. I don’t think this will result in a noticeable reaction on her part. I think her transition from caring for one cub at a time to two will be seamless. She will nurse, groom and play with both of them.”


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on August 29, 2013, 06:16:48 PM
Thanks hermit for bringing the update over ... wow, I couldn't believe the little teeth :shock:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on August 30, 2013, 01:58:23 PM
Friday, August 30
 Since we have given Lun Lun more space, she has considered moving her cub a couple of times. Yesterday, she took the cub into one of the adjacent dens with her because she wanted to eat, but the cub was fussy in the nest box. As soon as she took him into the den, she decided against it and returned him to the nest box. Later in the day, she carried the cub into the other den and lay down to rest with him. Again, she only spent a few seconds in that den before returning the cub to the nest box.  Lun Lun obviously still prefers that the cubs remain in the nest box where she is comfortable leaving them. She did the same thing with her other three cubs, but always returned them quickly to the nest box until they were a little older.
Heather R
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 01, 2013, 06:59:05 PM
Thanks hermit.

Nursing session last night  :love:
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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 01, 2013, 08:40:09 PM
Thanks for the update hermit  :flower

.... adorable nursing pic BOP ... thanks :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 02, 2013, 01:37:42 AM
Thanks for the nursing picture, BOP.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on September 02, 2013, 05:12:33 AM
Cubbies are 7 weeks old today. Yeah!!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 03, 2013, 12:06:49 PM
Yep sylvia ..... and growing quickly ... more adorable each and every day  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartpinksmbounce_zps68860e89.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartpinksmbounce_zps68860e89.gif.html)

We have a new Cub Confidential Update with more greats pics ....

The nest box looks different. Where’s all the hay? Curator of Mammals Rebecca Snyder, PhD, gives us an update on changes in Lun Lun’s den:

“You may have noticed that we removed the bedding from the nest box. Our colleague from the Chengdu Research Base, Deng Tao, asked us to remove the bedding because he is concerned about the cubs ingesting it accidentally. There is a small risk that ingesting hay could be harmful to the cubs’ gastrointestinal tracts, so we decided to remove the hay. The cubs have a full, thick coat of fur now, and don’t need the bedding for warmth. Lun Lun is also perfectly comfortable resting on the floor without bedding.
 
Lun Lun has been moving the cubs to different dens over the last few days. These were brief excursions, and she soon returned the cub to the nest box. Lun Lun has done this with her previous cubs, but not until they were older. Giant panda mothers in the wild will move their cubs to different dens periodically. So, I think it’s normal for Lun Lun to move her cubs to different locations. I expect she will continue to move the cubs around in the coming weeks. We monitor her and the cubs closely to make sure they are comfortable and safe wherever they are.”

Thanks, Rebecca! Whether they are lying with mom or in the nest box, we know the cubs are safe and are extremely comfortable in their cuddly fur!     

Goodbye, incubator! Jennifer Andrews, Keeper I, wanted to update Cub Confidential subscribers on the next step for our boys:

“When panda cubs are born, they are not able to regulate their own body temperatures, which means that they completely rely on their mom to keep them warm. Since their births, Cub A and Cub B have alternated sleeping in an incubator until it is their turn to spend time with Lun Lun. As they have grown and developed, we have been able to slowly decrease the incubator temperature from 95° F to 78° F. Now that the cubs are able to thermoregulate on their own, it is time to say goodbye to the incubator and introduce them to a new nursery space.

Last night we set up the new "box.” It is a tall, open-top box with a window on one side that allows us to easily monitor the cubs. It looks like a playpen of sorts, but it is designed specifically with panda cubs in mind, meaning that it is cub-proofed so that they can't climb out or injure themselves. It is also easy to disinfect. This will be the cubs' new nursery space until they are big enough and mobile enough to both be with Lun Lun at the same time. Until then, we will continue swapping the cubs approximately every four hours so that they each get to spend time with Lun Lun. In the coming weeks, the cubs will use their new space to practice scooting and, eventually, walking. They'll also spend plenty of time napping, of course!”

Time flies when you’re a growing panda cub! It seems like just yesterday the cubs were wrapped in blankets to keep warm. Thank you for the update, Jennifer!


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.... simply darling little cubbies  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyheartsjuggling_zps2d17f5af.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyheartsjuggling_zps2d17f5af.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 03, 2013, 01:27:52 PM
Thanks, Chris.  :bigsmile:

Here's another picture:

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 03, 2013, 02:10:43 PM
At 5:05, Lun Lun just dragged a huge piece of bamboo into the nest box.  :eek:  I was afraid the little one would get poked, but now they've switched to a different cam, so I hope they're removing it.

They did.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 03, 2013, 08:48:38 PM
That is a precious picture hermit ... thank you  :flower

... guess she thought she would be extra hungry tonight (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyteehee1_zpsf98d9565.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyteehee1_zpsf98d9565.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 04, 2013, 01:41:29 PM
Tuesday, September 3

Sunday night was very quiet. Lun Lun and the cubs were all very sleepy. At one point, Lun Lun took an opportunity for a long nap away from Cub B.  She was so sleepy that she didn't wake up when it was time to pull the cub.  So we decided to give her some much needed time to sleep before returning a cub to her. The cubs are getting so big!  Their weights are: Cub A – 1,887 grams, and Cub B – 1,996 grams. 

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


Wednesday, September 4
 Now that the cubs are getting bigger one might think that they would be getting squirmier and more vocal.  Recently that has not seemed to be the case. They seem much more content with sleeping and hardly seem bothered when we have to wake them up to swap them or stimulate them to go to the bathroom. In fact, all I've been able to get out of them so far are big yawns and hiccups. These of course only add to their ridiculous cuteness. I am however on the night shift, so I have the added perk of having very sleepy pandas during my shift. Maybe a big growth spurt is just around the corner.

Another nice aspect to the night shift is that we get to see at least one of the "big boys" overnight. As most of you are aware, in addition to Lun and the twins, we have three other boys, Yang Yang (the twins’ father), and Xi Lan and Po, the twins’ brothers. Every night one of them sleeps in a den on the other side of the building, and we occasionally have to walk by to get Lun fresh bamboo from the cooler. We try our best not to disturb any of the pandas during the night and to aid us in that we use the dimmer switches that control our lights. It provides us just enough light to see the cute sleepy boys who are zonked out in the back. I must say, they have taken this change to their nightly routine in perfect stride as well.  I'm sure they have noticed us back there, but they never let on to it.

Jenny E.
Keeper III, Carnivores


I love watching Lun Lun and the cubs, but I wish they would show the others once in a while.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 05, 2013, 02:16:43 PM
hermit ... I know what you mean :nod2:

We have a new update and pictures of the cubbies ......

Were you watching PandaCam last night? If you were, you may have noticed that Lun Lun was nowhere to be seen! Jenny Elgart, Keeper III, explains what exactly our favorite mom was doing:

“If you did stay up to watch PandaCam, Lun Lun was pretty much out of commission all night because she needed to pass a mucoid. Mucoid is mucous stool that usually occurs when a giant panda doesn’t eat its usual amount of bamboo for a period of weeks. When the pandas need to pass a mucoid, they basically curl up and rest until it's all over. During the night, Lun went into Den 3, where we do not have PandaCam, and stayed there until she was feeling up to par again. Because she needed some alone time, we put both cubs in their new "playpen" box together to sleep. Cub B did not gain much weight during the early evening (which is totally normal), but we wanted to give him one last chance to nurse before we pulled him for a few hours. I know we say it over and over again, but Lun Lun is an excellent mom. Even though she didn't feel like nursing him, she allowed us to lay him on her chest so he could get a quick snack before we joined him with his brother. She held him like a good momma, and she was totally fine with us then taking him away. Once she passed her mucoid at 6 a.m., she was back to her old self and ready for her babies and food!”

Thanks, Jenny! We know this is a normal part of being a giant panda mom, and we’re so happy to hear that Lun Lun stepped right back into being the best one ever!


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You hear it first! Our veterinarians perform exams on our cubs every week. Everything is checked, from the length of their legs to the function of their lungs. We have an exclusive video going live at 5:30 p.m. that walks you through a panda cub exam step-by-step.

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 05, 2013, 02:51:23 PM
Thanks, Chris.  :bigsmile:  I wonder where we can find the video.   :?:

Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sptHF0wfG1o

So cute at the end.  :love:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 05, 2013, 02:55:08 PM
Thursday, September 5

Are panda cubs fussy during teething as human babies are? We have not observed any behavioral change in our giant panda cubs around the time their teeth erupt. Human babies also often produce extra saliva when teething. Giant panda cubs do not produce extra saliva at any time in their development. Thus, I do not think there is discomfort associated with eruption of teeth in giant pandas, but I cannot be certain.

Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 05, 2013, 04:55:33 PM
Thanks, hermit.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 05, 2013, 06:15:23 PM
Adorable :love: ... thank you hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on September 05, 2013, 09:58:59 PM
I realllyyy want to know if they are ever going to give both cubs to Mom at the same time...???? 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 06, 2013, 09:01:55 AM
Patti ...  they are planning that ... but not for a while. In the wild, when there are twins, Mom will pick out the stronger of the two cubs and abandon the other. To avoid the demise of one of the twins, the Zoo staff is rotating them to have time with Lun. I think it will still be a while before both cubs are introduced to her at the same time.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 06, 2013, 09:13:56 AM
I found another article with more pics of the darling twins. From  Mail Online By Helen Collis

PUBLISHED: 05:32 EST, 5 September 2013 | UPDATED: 08:38 EST, 5 September 2013

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2412174/Adorable-panda-cub-laughs-smiles-way-weigh-Atlanta-Zoo.html#ixzz2e859Dx6G

Pics from article ...

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 06, 2013, 01:16:50 PM
Those little faces are precious.  :love:  Thanks, Chris.  :bigsmile:


Friday, September 6

Yesterday evening, Lun Lun decided to leave the nest box and take a short nap away from Cub A. Both cubs are now very used to being on their own for longer periods of time. Usually they sleep, but last night Cub A was wide awake.  I watched as he kicked his hind legs and successfully scooted forward a couple of inches! He wiggled himself in a circle and then took some more slow scoots another couple of inches in the opposite direction. All that practice must have taken a lot out of him because shortly after, Cub A fell fast asleep.

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on September 06, 2013, 02:12:37 PM
Patti ...  they are planning that ... but not for a while. In the wild, when there are twins, Mom will pick out the stronger of the two cubs and abandon the other. To avoid the demise of one of the twins, the Zoo staff is rotating them to have time with Lun. I think it will still be a while before both cubs are introduced to her at the same time.

Patti... to add to nightengale's words, I believe it was Dr Rebecca who said that when the twins can walk and follow Lun [at about 4 months?], they can then both be with her. It is probably impossible for Lun to pick up both cubs at the same time... she cradles them with her paws, but I think she usually picks them up with her mouth? So ZA almost has to wait until the two cubs are mobile before placing them together with Lun. She is already doing 'double duty' with nursing and grooming; it would be so exhausting if they were not mobile. When the cubs can fully see and then waddle to her teats, life will be better for all. And won't it be great fun to watch!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 06, 2013, 05:06:15 PM
It is Mei Lan's 7th birthday today.  :cake I hope he gets a cake.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 06, 2013, 06:16:52 PM
Yes sylvia ... indeed, it will be wonderful (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps090e4a80.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps090e4a80.gif.html)

Wow ... 7 years old already :eek:   I hope he gets a cake too BOP  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/SmileyBirthdaychefcake_zpsa3cc4de0.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/SmileyBirthdaychefcake_zpsa3cc4de0.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 07, 2013, 01:26:52 AM
A belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mei Lan.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on September 07, 2013, 08:50:49 AM
We l :heart0: ve you, Mei Lan! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 09, 2013, 01:38:36 PM
Monday, September 9

Now that both cubs' eyes are opening, they are reacting to their environment a little more. We do not know how much they can see at this point, but they can follow movement and  they startle easily. In fact, when we take a cub from the nest box for a swap, sometimes just carrying him from the den area into the nursery causes him to squawk or bark in alarm. They have both done this a few times, and it can be surprising to the keeper carrying the cub!

Heather R
Carnivore Keeper III


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_cubs2013_130904_heatherroberts_A-B-in-box.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 09, 2013, 02:18:58 PM
Thanks, hermit.

It's daddy Yang Yang's 16th birthday today :cake

Quote
Happy birthday, Papa Bear! Yang Yang turns 16 today. Stop by at 2 p.m. to watch him enjoy his birthday surprises. Think there'll be Tabasco involved?

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From ZA facebook page



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 09, 2013, 02:45:32 PM
ooooo ..... another panda Birthday .... I can't keep up!

Happy Birthday Yang Yang! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileybirthdaygirl_zpsca14e519.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileybirthdaygirl_zpsca14e519.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 10, 2013, 12:01:22 AM
Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to Yang Yang.  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 10, 2013, 02:23:16 PM
Tuesday, September 10
 At this stage in the cubs’ development, we expect to see each cub nurse every four to six hours. Lun Lun seems to prefer nursing her cubs while she lies down; however, the cubs don’t always agree with this – they seem to prefer when she sits up. This means that nursing is one of the times when the cubs are the most vocal. Cub A is usually the fussiest and will let Lun Lun know when he is hungry or not comfortable in whatever position she is in. Cub B will also let Lun Lun know when he is hungry, but he is more laid back with his positioning. As long as he can nurse, he is a happy camper. Although it looks quite uncomfortable to have a cub yelling in her ear, Lun Lun doesn’t seem too bothered by it. She will do just about anything to quiet a fussy cub, whether she just repositions her body or moves the cub to another den to nurse. She’s such a great mom!

Jennifer A
Keeper I, Mammals


 

Both cubs now weigh over 2 kilograms!  Cub A weighs 2.213 kilograms and Cub B weighs 2.251 kilograms. This is approximately 4.85 pounds each. Some of the most common cub questions are about the cubs’ weight and size updates. But sometimes we get confused with the cubs’ measurements in metric units. Why are the cubs’ measurements made in metric units? Curator of Mammals, Rebecca Snyder, PhD, shares why they don’t use imperial units:

“We do all of the cubs’ measurements in metric units because giant panda information is shared internationally. Thus, information on the development of the twins can readily be compared to information collected from cubs born in China and other countries. Metric units are also used in scientific publications. There are several metric conversion calculators available on the internet, which can be used by those who prefer measurements in ounces, pounds, etc.”

Thanks for clarifying, Rebecca. Whether it’s grams or pounds, the cubs’ cuteness is universal!
  

 Jennifer Andrews, Keeper I, wanted to update Cub Confidential readers on how our favorite panda mom is doing:

“Over the last several weeks we have watched Lun Lun’s appetite return in full force!  We are currently offering Lun Lun around 12 kilograms (26.46 pounds) of bamboo overnight. Just in the last few nights, we have watched her eat with a gusto that we have not seen since before she gave birth to the cubs! Over the next few months, we will continue to gradually increase the amount of bamboo that we offer in order to meet her needs. With previous cubs, we have offered Lun Lun up to approximately 30 kilograms (66.14 pounds) of bamboo overnight. Even though we did not reach this amount until around when her cub was starting to sample bamboo for himself, we expect that Lun Lun’s needs may reach this amount sooner and eventually surpass it since she is caring for two growing boys instead of just one!”

Thanks, Jennifer. Lun Lun is going to need all the energy she can get so she can keep up with the twins when they start walking!


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on September 10, 2013, 02:42:26 PM
 :love:  :love:  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 10, 2013, 03:37:24 PM
Just look at those two, tiny, sweet faces!
 Love them! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/SmileyHeartbouncyball_zps155f88ce.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/SmileyHeartbouncyball_zps155f88ce.gif.html)

Thanks hermit! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 11, 2013, 08:08:46 AM
aaaww thanks Hermit

Lun and cub sleeping last night  :love:
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Today at 12:35 - it looks like the cub is trying to get over the ledge to Mama.  :wink2:
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back with mommy 1:00 PM  :love:
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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 11, 2013, 10:56:51 AM
Oh my! .... great catches BOP! ... wonderful SC's!!!! .. thanks! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyflowertwirl_zpsfa347677.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyflowertwirl_zpsfa347677.gif.html)

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 11, 2013, 01:46:24 PM
Sweet pictures!  Thanks, BOP.

Wednesday, September 11
 Lun Lun is steadily returning to her old self again. Now that she is food motivated she is more of a willing training participant. Yesterday I was able to call her over to the mesh to present her chest and belly for a quick visual and tactile exam. She has had no problems nursing the cubs and we have nothing to be concerned about, but we do like to check up on her just to see that everything looks good. She was more than willing to comply for her favorite biscuits and bananas, and I'm happy to report that she looks great and continues to do a fantastic job, despite being a tired and hungry momma.

Jenny E
Keeper III, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on September 11, 2013, 05:48:17 PM
Saw this reply on Twitter today from Zoo Atlanta (@ZooATL) in response to a question sent in: "will Xi Lan and Po leave before the cubs are debuted and is there a date set yet?"

 "Hi, no set dates for either the cubs' debut or Xi Lan & Po's departure, but both will be in late fall."   :crying:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 11, 2013, 07:11:54 PM
.......  "Hi, no set dates for either the cubs' debut or Xi Lan & Po's departure, but both will be in late fall."   :crying:

ugh ... good that we have some time .... but departures are always something that I dread (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileysadsnifling_zps54bd0e9d.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileysadsnifling_zps54bd0e9d.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on September 11, 2013, 07:29:59 PM
Po still seems so very young, but perhaps it will be easier for them if they travel together?? I wish we could keep them all, but of course they have an important job to do so they must return home.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 12, 2013, 01:52:15 AM
I knew it was coming, but it makes me so sad.  :crying:  I wish they would show them on camera more often before it's time for them to go.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 12, 2013, 01:44:51 PM
Thursday, September 12

The cubs have hit another milestone tonight. We are now extending the the time between swaps a little bit more. The cubs are eating heartily at the beginning of every swap and then tend to zonk out for a few hours, so we are working our schedule with theirs. This extended period will give them more time to rest and give Lun more time to eat and rest up in preparation for the next hungry cub.  Occasionally if Lun is away from the cubs for a length of time eating or resting, we will pull the cub and put him in the new "playpen" or "cub box" with his brother. This allows Lun to have some alone time and gives the cubs time together. During this time we are always monitoring Lun to make sure she is comfortable and happy eating or resting. As soon as she is ready, we give the cub right back to her. We'd much rather she care for them and we don't want to cause her any added stress by keeping them away longer than she'd like. As of now, while A and B are together they are not really acknowledging one another, but I can't wait for the day that they realize they have a new playmate and best friend. Get ready for incredible cuteness.

Jenny E
Keeper III, Carnivores

We can’t get enough of PandaCam! All day, every day, 24/7 panda! But it can be hard to see Lun Lun and her cubs at night. Why does the PandaCam appear dark after dark? Curator of Mammals Rebecca Snyder, PhD, explains:

“The nursery staff turns off most of the lights in the giant panda building at night. They only leave on some very dim lights, so that they can see enough to feed Lun Lun overnight. The camera in the nest box den has infrared capability. So it is possible to have an image without light in the area, but the image is much dimmer than it would be if all the building lights are on. We think it’s good for Lun Lun and the other pandas to have a regular day/night lighting schedule as much as possible. So we try to have as much darkness as possible overnight.”

It’s so great being able to watch the cubs grow right before our eyes. But how is mom doing? Rebecca keeps a close eye on Lun Lun and has been monitoring her post-birth behavior:

“Lun Lun continues to maintain her weight well. She is still a bit above what we consider her ideal weight, which is great since she is feeding two hungry cubs. Her appetite for bamboo has increased in the last two weeks. It’s nice to see her sitting in a pile of bamboo munching away. The cubs are generally quiet now when she is away, so she can relax a little and take her time to eat bamboo. She is mostly eating leaves as are Yang Yang, Xi Lan and Po. Giant pandas eat different parts of the bamboo plant depending on the season and species of bamboo. Our giant pandas tend to eat the stalk or culm more than the leaves. It’s nice when they eat leaves, because it’s easier and less time consuming to clean up the leftover bamboo. This helps now that there are six giant pandas in the building!”

Good for Lun Lun! Nursing two cubs probably makes her very hungry, so we’re glad she’s taking the time to eat more bamboo. Thank you for answering our panda questions, Rebecca. We love learning interesting facts about pandas and, of course, getting updates on Lun Lun and the cubs!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 12, 2013, 02:11:30 PM
Thanks hermit for posting the Cub Confidential Update :flower

Here are a few pictures to go along with it .....

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on September 12, 2013, 08:20:17 PM
An announcement on Twitter today that CBS Atlanta was going to visit the twins during their checkup with Dr. Rivera. Here's the link to text and video. Also... be sure to click on the terrific slide show "Behind the Scenes with...": http://bit.ly/13SZ6bj

p.s.: Those cubs are now humongous!!! Astounding!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 12, 2013, 11:05:05 PM
Thank you hermit, Chris and sylvia. Cuteness overdose!  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 13, 2013, 01:49:09 AM
Thanks, Chris and Sylvia.  :bigsmile:

They are so adorable.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on September 13, 2013, 07:18:08 AM
Wonderful video, Sylvia.  Thanks for sharing. :bigsmile:

Noticed on the cam yesterday that the twins are starting to do pushups!  Won't be long before they become toddlers ... :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on September 13, 2013, 05:45:27 PM
Pushups....  Their little limbs are getting stronger and stronger!  I saw one cub do a lot of scooting today. It is no wonder Lun keeps them in the nest, where they can't yet escape 'over the wall.'  :wink2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 14, 2013, 01:42:55 AM
Friday, September 13
 This past evening Deng Tao and I got to enjoy some fun cub vocalizations. During one of the swaps, he picked up the cub to bring him out of the den and for the first time I got to enjoy Deng Tao being startled by a cub. Up until now he has chuckled at us when we have moved the cubs and been startled by them vocalizing loudly at us. This time it was my turn to chuckle, and he got yelled at by Cub B. Then later in the evening, as we were cleaning Den 1 while Lun ate in Den 3 and Cub A was resting in Den 2, we were suprised to hear Cub A vocalizing in his sleep. He was moaning and making sharp little "barks" while his legs were going. We just looked at one another amused. Maybe he was dreaming.
Jenny E
Keeper III, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on September 14, 2013, 08:18:15 AM
Does anyone remember when Deng Tao is scheduled to return to China? 
My fuzzy recollection is that he is staying until cubs are four months old ( :?:).


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on September 14, 2013, 10:55:18 AM
Deng Tao... yes, it was reported that he would stay four months, and that he had left his 2-month-old baby in China to provide assistance here!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 14, 2013, 12:58:01 PM
Deng Tao... yes, it was reported that he would stay four months, and that he had left his 2-month-old baby in China to provide assistance here!

whew ... that is quite a personal sacrifice :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on September 15, 2013, 11:27:06 AM
nightengale... yes, that is so true. I hope he is able to skype his family daily!

Deng Tao arrived in Atlanta on the day of the twins' birth. After 24-hr of traveling, he was up for at least another 24 hours with the little guys. Although everyone is laughing and happy now, those first days were surely terrifying for the ZA staff. They truly are breaking new ground here!

It is possible that Deng Tao wasn't originally scheduled so long since, after all, Lun has raised several cubs. And the Chinese expert has just left Washington zoo after two weeks of helping, and that was certainly a high profile birth. The commitment to stay for four months is surely because of the birth of twins... not only do we have two new pandas in the world ( :thu:), but under Deng Tao's guidance Zoo Atlanta is now positioned to become a leader in this matter and can perhaps advise other US zoos should this happen again. So these two little cubbies, in addition to being GORGEOUS, are powerful little ambassadors for change. ZA is well aware of that and that perhaps ties into why he is here for so long.

There is still more scary stuff ahead, I am sure. Lun Lun is doing great nursing and growing these now-sizeable boys. But what about when they are 30 pounds each, and more? What does Zoo Atlanta have to learn about helping mom through this massive undertaking, and keeping her well thoughout? So Den Tao is perhaps helping with those discussions even now. It is so great that he is here. I hope this extended stay will also be a career boost for him, as he deserves it.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 15, 2013, 01:27:38 PM
Thank you, Sylvia.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 15, 2013, 07:11:18 PM
nightengale... yes, that is so true. I hope he is able to skype his family daily! .......... I hope this extended stay will also be a career boost for him, as he deserves it.

... I hope so too sylvia .... one both fronts .... he certainly deserves recognition (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif.html)

... in my book ... he deserves a medal (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileygoldmedal_zps4595ef7a.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileygoldmedal_zps4595ef7a.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 15, 2013, 10:42:20 PM
nightengale... yes, that is so true. I hope he is able to skype his family daily! .......... I hope this extended stay will also be a career boost for him, as he deserves it.

... I hope so too sylvia .... one both fronts .... he certainly deserves recognition (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif.html)
... in my book ... he deserves a medal (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileygoldmedal_zps4595ef7a.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileygoldmedal_zps4595ef7a.gif.html)

Yes, Deng has gone above and beyond the call of duty!  :clap1:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 16, 2013, 01:57:37 PM
Monday, September 16
 This morning, Deng Tao and I had a slight moment of confusion.  We were swapping the cubs and found that the cub we were weighing was the same weight as the cub we had pulled out of the nest box.  Since both cubs had been in the "box" together for about half an hour, there was a chance that the cubs had scooted to the opposite sides of the "box." So what did we do?  We started comparing those tiny characteristics that makes each cub different. Luckily, Cub A still has dark markings around his mouth, while Cub B has only slight coloration in the same area.  So it was actually pretty easy to determine who was who!

Cub A and Cub B both weigh 2.48 kilograms, but they won't stay that way for long!

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_cubs2013_130912_cub_b_a_table_ZA_5505.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on September 16, 2013, 02:47:05 PM
WOW!  Really good weight!  About 5 lbs. 7 ounces.  They've come a long way ... :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 16, 2013, 02:48:37 PM
Good to have that tid bit of information to tell them apart .... the picture is adorable .. thank you hermit :flower  


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on September 17, 2013, 11:44:32 AM
Hi hermit, Mary, Chris, sylvia, BOP and friends - great reports on the rapidly growing panda cubs!  It's amazing how fast they change!  It sounds as if they've gone from "stick of butter" size to a bit over "bag of sugar" size!  :love:

I was lucky enough to be in Atlanta last month, and am finally getting some of my pictures posted.  I didn't see the little ones of course - but was lucky enough to see

Po

(http://www.judybmaine.com/travel/2013_atlanta/20130811_10004sm.jpg) (http://www.judybmaine.com/travel/2013_atlanta/20130811_10004.jpg)

and Xi Lan

(http://www.judybmaine.com/travel/2013_atlanta/20130811_10013sm.jpg) (http://www.judybmaine.com/travel/2013_atlanta/20130811_10013.jpg)

Both pictures should click larger - and I have more pictures of them on my personal website http://www.judybmaine.com/travel/2013_atlanta/atlanta_2013.htm (http://www.judybmaine.com/travel/2013_atlanta/atlanta_2013.htm), along with pictures of some of the other animals at Zoo Atlanta.  I have a few more pictures to add to the page for the Aquarium - but finally finished going through the pictures I took at the zoo.  Enjoy!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 17, 2013, 03:13:33 PM
Judy, thank you for the pictures of Xi Lan and Po.   :flower  They haven't shown them since the twins were born, and I miss them.  Your other pictures are great, too.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 17, 2013, 03:14:19 PM
Tuesday, September 17
 Overnight last night was very quiet. Lun Lun was very hungry yesterday during most of the day and evening, so by the time I arrived for my shift, she was full and sleepy.  

The cubs were pretty quiet too. They are doing a lot of scooting and get better and better at it every day. I was impressed with Cub B last night as I watched him hold his head up off the ground and peer over the side of the nest box at a sleeping Lun Lun. We don't know how well the cubs are able to see right now because their eyes have not fully opened, but they definitely seem to know which direction mom is in if she leaves them while they are awake!


Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


Heather Roberts, Keeper III, stays in the panda nursery overnight along with Deng Tao, our colleague from the Chengdu Research Base. Heather makes sure she captures everything you don’t get to see on PandaCam:

“Once the cubs started looking very similar and had become essentially the same weight, we came up with a system of keeping track of who was who. We placed the cub that was to be returned to Lun Lun facing towards her and the dens, and the cub we just took from Lun Lun was on the other side of the incubator facing the opposite direction. We continue to use this system now that the cubs are in the cub box. Generally, the cubs stay on their own side, but since they have gotten a little more mobile, one of them (usually Cub B) will work his way over to the other side for a little social time.  Last night, during a swap while Cub A was waiting on his side of the box for Lun Lun to finish eating, Cub B scooted and wiggled until he was lying on top of his brother.  It was so cute I had to capture a photo!“


Thanks for the pictures, Heather! Staying up all night has never been that cute!

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 17, 2013, 04:21:54 PM


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Curator of Mammals Rebecca Snyder, PhD, helps us give Cub Confidential subscribers a greater understanding of giant pandas. Today, she answers more of your common cub questions.
 
Do panda cubs receive any natural immunities from their mother’s milk as human babies can?
 
Giant panda cubs receive antibodies from their mother’s colostrum. We are not sure how long giant panda neonates can absorb antibodies from colostrum, but if it’s similar to other species, the first 24 hours after birth is critical for this. The twins both had opportunities to nurse in the first 24 hours after their birth, and we are happy about that. However, because of the swapping technique, they only had about half as much time to nurse in that 24-hour period as a single-born cub would have. The twins were fed some formula in the first 24 hours, because we were not able to swap them as frequently as we thought necessary. To help them receive additional antibodies, serum was added to the formula. This serum came from blood that we collected voluntarily from Lun Lun when she was pregnant. The concentration of antibodies in serum is lower than in colostrum, but it is still beneficial. So far, the twins have been healthy, which is a good sign that they received sufficient immunity from Lun Lun. However, they are still very young, and their immune systems are still developing. This is why it is so important that we protect them from disease by having a strict bio-security protocol in place for the nursery and by limiting the number of people allowed in the nursery. Pictured: Lun Lun nursing Cub A

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What does the cubs' fur feel like?

 The cubs appear to have soft, fluffy fur, but it's actually very coarse and wooly just like adult giant panda fur. The texture and density makes it great for insulation. Wild giant pandas live in cool, wet forests with dense undergrowth. They need to have fur that keeps them warm and dry in that environment.  Their fur provides such great insulation, that they can comfortably sleep for hours on snow. The twins' coats are very full now. Their fur will continue to grow longer and denser over the next couple of months.

 Thanks, Rebecca. Mama’s milk has to be a reason why the cubs’ fur looks so full and fluffy!



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on September 17, 2013, 05:01:34 PM
Terrific!  :nod2:

Thanks JudyB and hermit!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 17, 2013, 09:01:02 PM
What wonderful pics of the twins!  ..... just adorable  ... thanks hermit for posting them with the updates! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileythankssmwflower_zps74f17645.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileythankssmwflower_zps74f17645.gif.html)

JudyB .... super ZA pictures ... of course we are partial to the pandas here ... but the other animals are wonderful as well ... they have a lovely aquarium there... very nice! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyaquariumlover_zps151c8445.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyaquariumlover_zps151c8445.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on September 19, 2013, 03:44:02 AM
JudyB.... Thank you for "taking us to the zoo with you." The pictures are terrific.  Thanks especially for the images of Po and Xi Lan... they are especially precious since they will leave ZA in the next few months for their new home in China.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on September 19, 2013, 07:39:38 AM
Thanks, everyone - it was a thrill to see them.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 19, 2013, 01:19:29 PM
Thursday, September 19
 As we've mentioned before, Lun Lun has been prefering to eat the leaves of the bamboo we offer. I always enjoy watching them eat bamboo in this manner as it is the perfect example of how they use their pseudothumbs. Lun Lun first grips the bamboo stalk with her paw and then begins systematically stripping each sprig (what we call the individual branches coming off of the main stalk) of its leaves with her mouth. Once her mouth is overflowing with leaves she then bunches them in her paw with the use of that special pseudothumb, takes them out of her mouth, and then begins to take little bites of the leaves. It is a very systematic process aided by their unique paws. Once the fur grows in, it is difficult to take a picture of an adult panda’s paws, which is why we've been trying to catch this picture of the cubs to help explain this unique paw structure better.
Jenny E
Keeper III, Carnivores


(http://www.zooatlanta.org/media/image/panda_cubs2013_130824_kleach_cubbfrontpaw2.jpg)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 19, 2013, 01:30:52 PM
We are officially addicted to PandaCam. Watching Lun Lun and the cubs 24/7 makes us realize she’s not different from any other mom caring for her babies. With that being said, sometimes moms need a break! Does Lun Lun ever get to go outside? We always see her in the den. Is it potentially harmful for her to spend so much time inside without sunlight? Curator of Mammals, Rebecca Snyder, PhD, answers this question exclusively for Cub Confidential:

“The short answer to this question is no. This is how we have managed Lun Lun with her previous cubs, and she was healthy throughout those periods. This is also how other female giant panda mothers are managed at the Chengdu Research Base and other facilities, and they are healthy as well. It’s also normal for giant panda cubs to remain in a den out of sunlight for the first four months of life. We monitor Lun Lun’s health and the health of the cubs very closely.”


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While we get to watch via PandaCam, Rebecca watches Lun Lun and the cubs to make sure everything is normal:

“Monday I watched one of Cub B’s nursing bouts. He switched from one nipple to another frequently during this bout. That is normal behavior for giant panda cubs as they get a little older and are able to move around on their own. In the first few weeks of life, they are very dependent on their mothers to position them near a nipple. But at two months of age the cubs are becoming more mobile and can move around a bit on their own to locate a nipple. Giant pandas have four nipples. My guess is that the switching behavior helps ensure that all of the mother’s mammary glands are stimulated and producing milk. That’s especially important now that Lun Lun has two cubs to feed. She does still reposition the cubs when they vocalize during nursing, but she also lets them do more of the searching and getting into position on their own. That is normal maternal behavior with cubs this age.”

Thanks, Rebecca. We’ve noticed Lun Lun always lets the cubs scoot and get comfortable with her!


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Jenny Elgart, Keeper III, stayed with the cubs overnight and wanted to update Cub Confidential readers about her peaceful evening in the panda nursery:

“Wednesday was another quiet night in the panda building. Lun Lun needed to pass another mucoid so she and the cubs slept through the night without getting up much. She finally woke up at about 3:45 a.m. and was ready to begin eating again. After a slow night of not eating much, I was sure she’d have quite the appetite. You may have noticed the cubs scooting around a bit more. Every day they are getting a little more mobile and a little more interested in their surroundings. I put Cub A into a little cozy bin while I changed out his bedding in the playpen. Normally he sleeps soundly and ignores me during this process, but when I turned to look at him, I was pleasantly surprised to see him resting his chin on the edge watching what I was doing. It only lasted for a minute and he soon fell back to sleep.”

Thanks, Jenny! One thing is for sure – these cubs love to sleep!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 19, 2013, 01:37:40 PM
... such a teeny, tiny paw  :love: .... thanks hermit :flower

We have another Cub Confidential Update......

We are officially addicted to PandaCam. Watching Lun Lun and the cubs 24/7 makes us realize she’s not different from any other mom caring for her babies. With that being said, sometimes moms need a break! Does Lun Lun ever get to go outside? We always see her in the den. Is it potentially harmful for her to spend so much time inside without sunlight? Curator of Mammals, Rebecca Snyder, PhD, answers this question exclusively for Cub Confidential:

“The short answer to this question is no. This is how we have managed Lun Lun with her previous cubs, and she was healthy throughout those periods. This is also how other female giant panda mothers are managed at the Chengdu Research Base and other facilities, and they are healthy as well. It’s also normal for giant panda cubs to remain in a den out of sunlight for the first four months of life. We monitor Lun Lun’s health and the health of the cubs very closely.”


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While we get to watch via PandaCam, Rebecca watches Lun Lun and the cubs to make sure everything is normal:

“Monday I watched one of Cub B’s nursing bouts. He switched from one nipple to another frequently during this bout. That is normal behavior for giant panda cubs as they get a little older and are able to move around on their own. In the first few weeks of life, they are very dependent on their mothers to position them near a nipple. But at two months of age the cubs are becoming more mobile and can move around a bit on their own to locate a nipple. Giant pandas have four nipples. My guess is that the switching behavior helps ensure that all of the mother’s mammary glands are stimulated and producing milk. That’s especially important now that Lun Lun has two cubs to feed. She does still reposition the cubs when they vocalize during nursing, but she also lets them do more of the searching and getting into position on their own. That is normal maternal behavior with cubs this age.”

Thanks, Rebecca. We’ve noticed Lun Lun always lets the cubs scoot and get comfortable with her!


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Jenny Elgart, Keeper III, stayed with the cubs overnight and wanted to update Cub Confidential readers about her peaceful evening in the panda nursery:

“Wednesday was another quiet night in the panda building. Lun Lun needed to pass another mucoid so she and the cubs slept through the night without getting up much. She finally woke up at about 3:45 a.m. and was ready to begin eating again. After a slow night of not eating much, I was sure she’d have quite the appetite. You may have noticed the cubs scooting around a bit more. Every day they are getting a little more mobile and a little more interested in their surroundings. I put Cub A into a little cozy bin while I changed out his bedding in the playpen. Normally he sleeps soundly and ignores me during this process, but when I turned to look at him, I was pleasantly surprised to see him resting his chin on the edge watching what I was doing. It only lasted for a minute and he soon fell back to sleep.”

Thanks, Jenny! One thing is for sure – these cubs love to sleep!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 19, 2013, 01:44:15 PM
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyoops_zps266c1741.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyoops_zps266c1741.gif.html) ... I see we have a duplicate posting on today's Cub Confidential Report ....



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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on September 19, 2013, 05:22:54 PM
Twin Pandas = Twin Postings  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 20, 2013, 02:00:59 PM
Friday, September 20
 One of the perks of working the night shift in the panda building is the opportunity to learn a little more about each of the bears and to see things we usually don't get to see. Everyone who has been watching PandaCam for any length of time is I'm sure familiar with all of Lun Lun's preferred sleeping positions. Her two favorites as of late have been sprawled out on her belly and resting on the ledges of the shift doors. The older boys have preferences too. Every night one of our three older boys sleeps in our back den, or Den 4 as we call it, and an adjacent animal “hallway.” We have to pass by them when getting Lun Lun fresh bamboo, and over time I have learned that they all have their preferred sleeping spots as well. Both Xi Lan and Po prefer to sleep in the hallway in front of a door with a window leading to the dayroom where another of the boys is sleeping. Once morning arrives, Xi Lan can be found at the window looking at and calling to the other bear in the dayroom. He's always been a nosy bear. Father, Yang Yang, knows the best place and sleeps on his elevated scale in Den 4, completely sprawled out and snoring happily. He knows a throne when he sees one. It will be interesting to see what our two young boys prefer as they get older.
Jenny E.
Keeper III, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 23, 2013, 01:57:53 PM
Monday, September 23
 The cubs' legs are getting stronger every day thanks to all of their scooting practice. This is evident in the way they move, but also in the way they are starting to interact with us when we are holding them. Last night I was carrying a very wiggly Cub B to the den for a cub swap, and he decided that he wanted to try to climb up my arm. He wasn't successful since I had hold of him, but I could definitely feel those long, sharp claws and developing muscles trying hard to pull himself up. It's a good reminder that someday they will grow up to be big and strong bears.
Jennifer A.
 Keeper I, Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 23, 2013, 07:39:41 PM
Thank you for your understanding Mary :huggie

Thanks hermit for the updates .... I have been away from the computer for most of the day .... I know I can always come here and get the latest news :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 24, 2013, 01:25:46 PM
Tuesday, September 24
 If you've been watching PandaCam lately, you may have noticed a big, yellow ball that is hanging from the wall in one of Lun Lun's dens. This is a feeder ball, which is a form of enrichment that we have offered her. It is covered in holes so that we can hide Lun Lun's biscuits and produce inside of it to encourage her to forage for this part of her diet. Foraging for food is an important skill for animals to have, and Lun Lun's feeder ball encourages this natural behavior. Lun Lun's really good at finding the biscuits, but she seems to prefer banging the ball into the metal mesh wall that it's attached to instead of just tilting the ball as you might expect. This creates a lot of noise, so it has also been enriching for her cubs. The first few times Lun Lun got biscuits in the feeder ball, the cubs woke up and were not really sure what to make of the loud banging noises, but now they barely even notice.

Enrichment like this is an important part of our daily jobs as keepers. Enrichment is any object or opportunity that metally stimulates the animal or encourages natural behaviors. We offer several different types of enrichment every day. Sensory enrichment includes things like novel scents or sounds. Manipulative enrichment includes items for the animals to manipulate or play with. Environmental enrichment can be offered by providing new branches to perch on or substrates to walk or sleep on. Food enrichment can be providing new or different food items, but it also means that we can provide the animals' food in different ways, much like Lun Lun's feeder ball!

 

If you're interested in seeing enrichment in action, then join us this Saturday, September 28 for Play the Animal Way! We'll have lots of fun enrichment scheduled throughout the day for all of the animals, as well as special keeper talks and opportunities for you to make your own enrichment!

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


Heather Roberts, Keeper III, loves keeping Cub Confidential subscribers updated on everything panda cubs! Here’s what you may have missed over the weekend:

“Saturday morning I was cleaning one of the dens adjacent to the nest box den. Lun Lun was in the other den eating bamboo, and Cub A was in the nest box resting. Apparently, Cub A did not like the noises I was making while cleaning and started squawking. He squawked three times before I could leave the area. A squawk is a short burst of sound and can be extremely loud. Squawks are a sign of distress and usually bring a mother running back to the nest if she is close by. Lun Lun clearly knew the cub was in no danger and continued eating as if nothing had happened. Now that the cubs are becoming more visual and their ears are opening up, they are more aware of the world around them. New sights and sounds can be scary, and it's better to be safe and call for mom at this age. Both cubs will eventually become accustomed to the typical noises in the building, but it may take a little time.”


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Curator of Mammals Rebecca Snyder, PhD, tackled a few more of our most frequently asked panda questions and answered exclusively for Cub Confidential:


Why is there a pinkish color to the cubs’ fur in some areas?

 The pinkish cast you might notice on the cubs’ fur comes from iron containing pigments called porphyrins in Lun Lun’s saliva. Because of this, the coloration appears on the cubs’ heads and necks and in the anogenital area. These are the areas that come in contact with Lun Lun’s saliva most frequently. This discovery was made by Dr. Mark Edwards and Dr. Alisa Newton several years ago when they were working at the Zoological Society of San Diego. They found that the pinkish coloration first appears when cubs are about 70 days old and fades gradually to white by the time cubs are about 250 days old. I first noticed the pinkish coloration on the twins when they were about 60 days old. Currently, it’s more noticeable on Cub A, which is helpful because it’s another way we can tell the twins apart.

When the cubs vocalize, does Lun Lun vocalize in return?

 Lun Lun does not usually vocalize in response to vocalizations made by the cubs. If she is looking for her cub, she will bleat. Bleating is an affiliative vocalization. It sounds similar to a sheep or goat bleat. Giant pandas use this vocalization during breeding season to attract mates, and mothers direct it to their cubs. Lun Lun also uses this sound to call to her cubs when they are older and she wants them to come to her or follow her. The twins are not capable of bleating yet. The sounds they make are specific to young cubs. They won’t start making a bleat sound until they are at least 1 year old. Even then, it is used rarely by cubs. Older cubs tend to make whining type sounds the most. They use these sounds to let their mother know they are hungry or if a playmate is being too rough.

Is there a visual way yet to tell A from B? Are there differences in their eye patches?

 Right now, the main way we can tell Cub A from Cub B is by looking at the black bands across their shoulders. Cub A’s band is thinner, and Cub B’s band is wider or broader. I remember this by associating the “b” from the word broad for Cub B. Cub B still usually weighs more than Cub A. Again, a helpful reminder is that Cub B is associated with the “b” in the word bigger. Cub A also has more dark markings around his mouth than does Cub B. These markings might change as the cubs mature, but the difference in the width of the shoulder band will likely remain for life. Eventually, the twins’ faces will be more distinctive in shape and markings too. But at this age, their heads are growing rapidly, and so their faces are changing. The eye patches might vary when they get older, but for now that is not an easy way to distinguish the cubs.
  
 Thanks, Rebecca. The twins are growing so fast; we can’t wait for them to play with each other and Mom.


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Cub A sleeping


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on September 24, 2013, 09:17:18 PM
Thanks hermit. I love seeing the 2 cubs lying side by side.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 24, 2013, 10:57:48 PM
Awwhhhhh ... they couldn't get more adorable :heart0: Thanks hermit! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 25, 2013, 01:16:30 PM
Wednesday, September 25
 The cubs are getting more and more mobile every day. On Sunday I came back from my weekend and was greeted by Cub B making it very difficult for me to get a weight on him. Everytime I would put him on the scale he would push himself up and start to attempt to climb off the scale. His back legs aren't quite cooperating as he would like them to just yet and he didn't get very far, but it's only a matter of time before he gets strong enough to brace them under him. For now the cubs continue to scoot themselves around, and B is practicing every chance he gets. He and his brother also seem to be able to focus their eyes a little better now. They are looking at us and Lun Lun more deliberately, and while they are gaining better control over their movements, their heads still move like little bobble heads when they try to push themselves up.
Jenny E.
Keeper III, Carnivores


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 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 26, 2013, 02:05:21 PM
We’ve noticed that the nest box is very clean. Babies usually make a mess! What happens to the waste when Lun Lun stimulates the cubs to defecate and urinate? Curator of Mammals Rebecca Snyder, PhD, gives Cub Confidential subscribers the scoop on the poop:

“We have mentioned in previous updates that the cubs cannot, yet, urinate and defecate on their own. This is normal for young carnivores, including puppies and kittens. The mother licks the young to stimulate voiding waste, and she consumes the waste. This sounds really gross, but it’s normal for carnivore moms. It also serves the important purpose of keeping the nest/den clean. This keeps harmful bacteria from growing, reduces the chance of parasites accumulating, and makes it harder for predators to find the den. The cubs will start to urinate and defecate on their own at around four months of age. This is also when the cubs will be able to walk well, and thus it is when the den phase ends for giant pandas. Young carnivores of other species also start to void on their own when the den phase ends.”

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Heather Roberts, Keeper III, has been with the cubs since Day 1! She shares this update exclusively with Cub Confidential:

“Now that we are swapping the cubs every six hours, Lun Lun is able to take longer naps. Caring for one infant is very tiring for a panda mother, but caring for the twins has been exhausting for Lun Lun. Even though she only has one cub at a time, when they had to nurse every two to four hours, she pretty much constantly had a hungry cub! Now that the cubs are older, they can go six to eight hours between nursing bouts. So Lun Lun has more time to herself for eating and sleeping without disturbance, and she is taking full advantage of this time. She is clearly more rested now than she was for the first six weeks after the cubs were born.”

Thanks, Heather! Lun Lun needs the rest. Soon the cubs will be walking, and she’ll need the energy to keep up with both of them!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 26, 2013, 06:09:41 PM
Glad Momma is getting more rest (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif.html)

Thanks hermit for the updates and pics ... absolutely adorable! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartsredtinypulseup_zpsd9db5ec1.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartsredtinypulseup_zpsd9db5ec1.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 27, 2013, 01:45:41 AM
Thursday, September 26
 Why is there no bedding in the nest box? For the first several weeks after the cubs were born, we used hay for bedding in the nest box. This was removed a few weeks ago because of concern expressed by Deng Tao, the nursery keeper from the Chengdu Research Base who is assisting us. A very small piece of hay was found in the feces of one of the cubs a few weeks ago. Accidental ingestion of hay could cause harm to the cubs’ immature digestive tracts. The risk is small, but it is a risk we decided to eliminate. Lun Lun does not need bedding. She is perfectly comfortable sleeping on the floor without bedding. When she is provided with bedding outside of the nest box, she does not use it and chooses to sleep on the bare floor instead. The bedding was useful for the cubs for the first few weeks after they were born, because they did not have a full coat of fur, yet. The bedding helped insulate them when Lun Lun started putting them down initially. After 25 days of age, they had a full coat of fur and were able to start to regulate their own body temperatures. At that point the bedding was no longer necessary. So, when Deng Tao expressed his concern about the accidental ingestion of hay, we decided it was best to remove all of the hay. I understand that to our PandaCam viewers the lack of bedding appears uncomfortable. Rest assured that the pandas are comfortable on the floor without bedding. They have thick, wooly fur that insulates them and provides plenty of cushioning.
Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 27, 2013, 02:03:01 AM
This is a cute video from ABC NEWS:

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/cute-alert-watch-twin-panda-cubs-check-190016527--abc-news-topstories.html?vp=1


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 27, 2013, 10:52:09 AM
What a wonderful video clip hermit! :flower

I love the sounds that the little ones make ... their little squeals .... and I heard a sneeze .... as Mary did.

.... a few SC's from the video ....

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.... super sweetness  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartssmallfine_zpse63c310a.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartssmallfine_zpse63c310a.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 27, 2013, 01:26:43 PM
I love the top picture.  :love:

Friday, September 27
 We've been talking a lot recently about the cubs' mobility. This is because walking is the next big milestone that we expect to see!  Panda cubs usually start walking when they are around 3-4 months old. They won't be very good at it at first, but not many carnivore babies are! At this point, the cubs are using every waking moment as an opportunity to build their muscles and learn how to get their bodies to cooperate with where they want to go. If the cubs are alone in the nest box you will often see them scooting around, which they're getting very good at.

But, if you have caught a nursing session with one of our cubs on PandaCam then you may have watched as the cub bobbed his head around while laying with Lun Lun. This is just more of the practicing that the cubs are doing. Their back legs are not strong enough or coordinated enough for them to bear much weight on them yet. This means that, at times, they're still a little silly looking and awkward when it comes to positioning themselves at a teat to nurse. So instead, they use their upper body, including their heads, to propel their movements. They'll get better as they grow and practice, and eventually this will be unneccessary for them. 

 We're only a few weeks away from the cubs starting to take those first wobbly steps!

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on September 30, 2013, 02:07:56 PM
Monday, September 30
 The cubs are slowly starting to show their developing personalities. While Cub A is usually the fussiest at mealtimes, he seems to be somewhat laid back the rest of the time. Cub B, on the other hand, is becoming quite a handful! He might be least fussy when he's nursing, but he can be a bit feisty at other times.  At one point yesterday he was very wiggly, and despite all of Lun Lun's efforts, he refused to settle down to sleep. I'm sure she was relieved when it was time for the swap. After nursing Cub A, she was able to settle down for a nice long nap!
Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on September 30, 2013, 02:56:50 PM
Thank you hermit!  :flower

These big boys are 11 weeks old today! Beautiful fellas.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on September 30, 2013, 06:36:11 PM
If I remember correctly, Deng Tao may be leaving in a week or so to return to his wife and infant son in China.  I believe he agreed to stay at Zoo Atlanta for three months.

Thank you Mr. Deng for your knowledge, advice and assistance.  Hope you are feeling like a proud papa. :flower :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on September 30, 2013, 06:51:50 PM
If I remember correctly, Deng Tao may be leaving in a week or so to return to his wife and infant son in China.  I believe he agreed to stay at Zoo Atlanta for three months.

Thank you Mr. Deng for your knowledge, advice and assistance.  Hope you are feeling like a proud papa. :flower :flower

Ditto from me! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/SmileyThankyousignmed_zpsae07a855.png) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/SmileyThankyousignmed_zpsae07a855.png.html)

In addition to going back to see his wife and little one .... look what awaits him! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyshockedfallover_zps73fa47b9.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyshockedfallover_zps73fa47b9.gif.html)

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Source: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/14-panda-cubs-make-their-public-debut-at-breeding-facility-in-china

"Fourteen panda cubs made their debut during a news conference at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan Province, China.

Twenty baby pandas were born there this year, of which 17 survived ....."


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 01, 2013, 01:05:33 PM
We have an update ....

Heather Roberts, Keeper III, is amazed every day she spends with the cubs.  She wanted to share her excitement and a weekend update with Cub Confidential:

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“The cubs are growing so fast. They have both now exceeded 3 kilograms!  It's hard to believe how much development these little guys have gone through in just over two months. If you think about it, it really is a short time to go from a very embryonic-like figure to a full-blown mini panda! Giant panda cubs are less developed than other placental mammals when they are born. One possible reason for this is that the mothers’ diet of bamboo does not allow their bodies to support a lengthy pregnancy. Therefore, the cubs have a lot of growing to do once they are born.  We are so pleased the twins continue to thrive under Lun Lun's excellent care!”

Heather also shared another tidbit about a vocalization she heard Friday night:

“In the middle of the night Friday night, while Lun Lun was sleeping nearby, Cub B woke up and was stretching and wiggling around.  Then I heard a sound from the cub like a cough. I watched him for few minutes and he was quiet, but still squirming around. Then he started making smacking noises, so I thought he must be hungry. But, along with the second round of smacking sounds he started snorting, and I realized he was spooked! Something unknown to the rest of us scared him. The smacking sounds were the cub chomping. Chomping and snorting are threatening vocalizations that pandas use to attempt to frighten a potential enemy. The coughing I thought I heard was the cub honking. Honking is a vocalization pandas make when distressed and often follows chomping and snorting.  It is amusing to hear these vocalizations coming from the cubs at such a young age, but it is not uncommon. The world can be a scary place when you are still tiny and mom is not around!”

Thanks, Heather. We hope Cub B wasn’t too scared!


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 01, 2013, 01:35:36 PM
Thanks, Chris.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 02, 2013, 01:10:35 PM
We have a notice from Zoo Atlanta ....

Make sure you tune in to Good Morning America tomorrow starting at 7:00 a.m. for a BIG panda cubs announcement!

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   You don’t want to miss it!


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 02, 2013, 02:09:09 PM
Maybe it's time to submit names.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 02, 2013, 02:20:34 PM
Tuesday, October 1

Lun Lun and the cubs slept most of the night last night. Lun Lun hardly even got up for meal breaks, making this one of the quietest nights I've had since the cubs were born. It was nice to see everyone so content, but I'm sure when they finally wake up everyone will be very hungry!

Cub A weighs 3.085 kilograms, and Cub B weighs 3.225 kilograms.

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


Wednesday, October 2

Round two of panda nursery watch is here!  After spending the past month taking care of the "big boys" (Yang Yang, Xi Lan and Po) I'm back on the cub side of PandaLand. Since I was still working in the panda building during this past month, I was able to catch glimpses of the cubs regularly, so it shouldn't have been a shock to see just how big they've gotten. But when I came in for my first shift yesterday, I was blown away at just how much the little munchkins have grown in one month! They nearly doubled in size and weight! They no longer fit comfortably in the incubators I had grown accustomed to helping take care of them in. Now they've got their "playpen" where I've discovered that I'm the only nursery keeper tall enough to be able to easily reach down into the "playpen" and scoop up a cub when it's time to stimulate/weigh/temp check. The other keepers utilize the front panel that can be slid up. Since the cubs are still small and can't get around too well, it's no big deal. But I can imagine things will be different once they're more mobile! I got a hint of this last night when, after stimulating Cub B and setting him back in the "playpen,” I turned to take some notes and seconds later heard a thump. I turned to find that he had managed to wriggle himself completely under the blankets and had bumped his head into the wall. After fixing everything I set him back down only to watch the same scene repeat itself. Thankfully it was almost time to swap the cubs so Lun Lun had the joy of dealing with the little troublemaker!

 Not only has their size changed, but their personalities grow every day as well. Cub A is relaxed with us humans, but vocal and needy with Mom. Cub B is fussy with us and laid back with Mom. As a cub, Po was the first of Lun Lun's offspring to make it clear that he wasn't too keen on us keepers in the beginning (now he is a goofball like his big brother and enjoys getting attention from us). I'm curious to see which one of these twins will follow suit, if at all. We all had an inkling that it might be Cub A since he was the fussiest in the beginning...but now we're not so sure! Regardless, I'm not worried, because like Po did, I know these little tykes will quickly start bonding with their caretakers.

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on October 02, 2013, 06:29:13 PM
Maybe it's time to submit names.  :bigsmile:

Good guess!  We'll see ... :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 02, 2013, 09:14:04 PM
Maybe it's time to submit names.  :bigsmile:

Good guess!  We'll see ... :nod2:

I bet it is to announce the naming contest too (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyyeshappy_zps5acf48f1.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 03, 2013, 12:04:32 PM
Yep .... the nominations for names are out .....

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... from ABC News, Good Morning America .....

Video: http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/twin-panda-cubs-zoo-atlanta-approach-100-day-122106481--abc-news-topstories.html

Twin Panda Cubs at Zoo Atlanta Approach 100-Day Naming Milestone

As was the case with the cubs' older brothers, Mei Lan, Xi Lan and Po, the names are all Chinese and come from ancient Chinese idioms. Read below for more on the names and check back to vote.

1. Mei Lun and Mei Hua
(Pronounced May Loon and May Hwaa)
In English, the names mean Lun Lun's twin cubs born in the USA.

2. Mei Lun and Mei Huan
(Pronounced May Loon and May Hwaan)
These names stem from an ancient Chinese idiom, "Mei Lun Mei Huan," which was used to describe constructed buildings that are tall and magnificent. It has come to mean something indescribably beautiful and magnificent.

3. Tian Lun and Tian Le
(Pronounced Tee-an loon and Tee-an luh)
These names come from the Chinese idiom, "Tian Lun Zhi Le," which means the joy of family life or family happiness. In this context, the cubs' names would mean, "Lun Lun and her twin cubs are enjoying heavenly gifted family happiness," according to the staff at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

4. Lan Tian and Bi Shui
(Pronounced Lan tee-an and Bee Shway)
The names, meaning blue sky and clear water, are derived from another the Chinese idiom, "Lan Tian Bi Shui," which is used to describe beautiful scenery.

5. Da Lan and Xiao Lan
(Pronounced Dah Lan and Sheow Lan)
The literal meaning of these names is bigger one ("Cub B") and smaller one ("Cub A") of the Atlanta-born twins.


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 03, 2013, 01:37:10 PM
Good choices, and a lot to think about.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 03, 2013, 02:34:02 PM
Thursday, October 3

This past evening was a quiet one in the panda building. Lun Lun was more interested in catching up on sleep than she was in eating. The twins nursed and slept as well. It was almost as if they all knew the excitement the next day would bring! With the twins’ 100-day Naming Celebration looming closer and closer, you could find them both hanging out in their “playpen” bright and early this morning when staff from Good Morning America arrived and shot live footage of our little boys as the five sets of names for the twins were announced to the nation. The public will have the opportunity to vote on the names of our little tykes! I can’t wait to see what the boys’ official names will be. Be sure to cast your vote – I know I will!

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br6sZKCptqU

I've noticed that their eye patches are shaped differently...maybe that's how I'll be able to tell them apart.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 03, 2013, 04:08:44 PM
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With all the pandamonium going on, Curator of Mammals Rebecca Snyder, PhD, wanted to be sure she updated Cub Confidential subscribers with answers to a few more of our top frequently asked panda questions:

“A cute behavior the cubs are starting to do more is scratching with their rear legs. They have been doing this for awhile, but it’s increased in the last couple of weeks. They usually do this when Lun Lun is licking them or sometimes when we take their temperatures. It’s similar to the response many dogs have when their tummies are scratched. The cubs don’t usually make contact with their fur when they have this scratching response. Eventually, they will groom themselves by scratching their fur, but they haven’t developed that behavior, yet.“


Scooting, scratching, rolling – can these cubs get any cuter? We love learning about all the panda cubs’ behavior as they grow. Now that the cubs are getting bigger, can they still fit through the bars in the dens?

“Yes, the cubs still fit through the bars. This is not hazardous. When they start walking well, we will put mesh panels over the bars which will prevent the cubs from being able to climb through them. We have followed the same procedure with our previous cubs.”

That’s good to hear! We were wondering how you fit those furry bellies through the bars during a swap since we can’t see it on PandaCam. And speaking of swaps, is there a reason why our PandaCam viewers can’t see cub swaps? Rebecca gives a great explanation:

“The adult and subadult giant pandas at Zoo Atlanta have bonds and relationships with the animal care professionals just as we expect that the twins someday will, but they are still wild animals. PandaCam is great fun to watch, but we also like for the cam to be an educational tool as well. Right now, it’s necessary for staff to handle the cubs when they swap them with Lun Lun or retrieve them for regular check-ups, but eventually the cubs will not be handled by staff. For this reason, we prefer not to display images that may give our viewers a mistaken impression of the interactions between the animals and the staff. We do not want our viewers to forget that giant pandas living in zoos are still wild animals. They should not be viewed in any way as tame or as pets. The staff handles the twins only out of necessity and for the briefest amount of time possible. We also want our viewers to focus on the fact that Lun Lun is raising the twins. The staff is just assisting her for a few months. We prefer to provide images of Lun Lun with her cubs, rather than the cubs with humans, to maintain that focus. “

Thanks, Rebecca! We are so grateful for the PandaCam and for our increased opportunity to get a better understanding of giant pandas’ natural behavior. At the end of the day, our primary goal is raising awareness of this endangered species.




Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 03, 2013, 09:36:19 PM
Aaawww  :love: (I seem to say that a lot on this thread :mhihi: ).

Thanks, hermit and Chris.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 04, 2013, 08:39:31 AM
Yep, I agree BOP ....... Awwwwww :heart0:

Thanks hermit ... excellent info from Rebecca ... adorable pics :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 04, 2013, 01:39:42 PM
Friday, October 4

Cub B is really working hard on learning to walk. He scoots all over the place in the nest box and in the “playpen” trying to strengthen his leg muscles. His front legs are already strong enough; it’s those pesky rear legs that are holding him back! I have seen him get his back legs underneath him a couple of times, but it only lasts a few seconds. It won't be long before he and his brother are running all over the place!


Heather R
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 04, 2013, 05:56:46 PM
... and that is when the real fun begins! :lollol:

Thank you hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 07, 2013, 01:58:41 PM
Monday, October 7

Those of you that stay up late watching PandaCam may have noticed that sometimes the camera is on the wall for long periods of time. This is because we have retrieved the cub for a swap, but Lun Lun has decided to eat once we have taken the cub away. In the daytime, we can put Lun Lun on PandaCam while she is eating for your enjoyment! However, since it is dark in the building at night, Lun Lun cannot be seen on camera in the dens where she is eating, so there is no panda visible during this time.

Heather R
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 08, 2013, 02:22:43 PM
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Tuesday, October 8

In 15 days the cubs will turn 100 days old! This is a very important day in the cubs' lives. On October 23, we will honor an important Chinese tradition and give the cubs their official names. This means that we will retire their nicknames, which we have used to identify them since their birth ("Cub A" and "Cub B"). The naming celebration is a huge deal and will be a cause for lots of celebration at the Zoo. And the best part is that you get to help us name the cubs!  

The polls open tomorrow, October 9, and you will have the opportunity to vote for one of five sets of names that were submitted by Zoo Atlanta and our colleagues at the Chengdu Research Base. The names are as follows:
1. Mei Lun (may loon) and Mei Hua (may hwaa), meaning “Lun Lun’s twin cubs born in the U.S.”
2.Mei Lun (may loon) and Mei Huan (may hwaan), originating from a Chinese idiom that means “something indescribably beautiful and magnificent”
3.Tian Lun (tee-an loon) and Tian Le (tee-an luh), a modified version of a Chinese idiom meaning “joy of family life” or “family happiness”
4.Lan Tian (lan tee-an) and Bi Shui (bee shway), meaning “blue sky and clear water”
5.Da Lan (dah lan) and Xiao Lan (sheow lan), meaning “bigger one (Cub B) and smaller one (Cub A) of Atlanta-born twins”

I can't wait to see what names are chosen for these special little boys. Don't forget to vote for your favorite. I know I will!

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


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Make sure you tune in to Good Morning America tomorrow morning for details on how you can vote on the panda cubs’ names! The winning pair of names will be announced during the cubs’ 100 Day Naming Celebration.  Have you decided which set you’re going to pick?

1. Mei Lun and Mei Hua
(Pronounced May Loon and May Hwaa)
 In English, the names mean Lun Lun's twin cubs born in the U.S.
2. Mei Lun and Mei Huan
(Pronounced May Loon and May Hwaan)
 These names stem from an ancient Chinese idiom, "Mei Lun Mei Huan," which was used to describe constructed buildings that are tall and magnificent. It has come to mean something indescribably beautiful and magnificent.
3. Tian Lun and Tian Le
(Pronounced Tee-an loon and Tee-an luh)
 These names come from the Chinese idiom, "Tian Lun Zhi Le," which means the joy of family life or family happiness. In this context, the cubs' names would mean, "Lun Lun and her twin cubs are enjoying heavenly gifted family happiness," according to the staff at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
4. Lan Tian and Bi Shui
(Pronounced Lan tee-an and Bee Shway)
 The names, meaning blue sky and clear water, are derived from another Chinese idiom, "Lan Tian Bi Shui," which is used to describe beautiful scenery.
5. Da Lan and Xiao Lan
(Pronounced Dah Lan and Sheow Lan)
 The literal meaning of these names is “bigger one (Cub B) and smaller one (Cub A) of the Atlanta-born twins.”

100 days can’t come soon enough! We can’t wait to see what the world chooses. But why does Zoo Atlanta conform to the 100 day naming tradition, although not all zoos around the world (even in China) do? Rebecca Snyder, PhD, Curator of Mammals, explains for Cub Confidential subscribers:

“We think the 100 day naming tradition is a lovely tradition, and we like to honor it. We consider naming a giant panda cub to be a significant event and one that should be celebrated. Waiting 100 days gives us time to work with our partners at the Chengdu Research Base to thoughtfully select names and decide on a naming process. It also gives us time to plan a celebration. It is a significant achievement to have twin cubs survive to 100 days. The 100 day naming ceremony allows us to share our happiness about this event with the community.”

We know these are the only surviving twin cubs ever born in the U.S., so 100 days is indeed an achievement!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 08, 2013, 04:17:08 PM
Hmmmmm ... lots of good name choices  :hmm

The pictures are great .... they are both darling, furry lil' dumplings!  :bigsmile: :heart0:

Thanks hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on October 08, 2013, 06:29:47 PM
WOW!  Have the twins grown!  :nod2:  Cutest chubbs. :love: :love:

I've made my choice of names but will hold off ... :whistle:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 09, 2013, 03:41:49 PM
Wednesday, October 9

The naming contest has begun! Have you voted yet?

 This past evening was another quiet one in the building. However, there were a few highlights: I saw Cub B actually get all four limbs under control, underneath him and supporting his weight!  It lasted for less than a second, but I was all smiles regardless. Smiles because they’re growing up so quickly and smiles because I know how much more interesting life is going to get with two mobile cubs! I haven’t seen Cub A copy his brother’s actions, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t occurred. I just happened to glance at B in the “playpen” and caught his demonstration of strength and coordination. It’s crazy to think that they are almost 3 months old! When did that happen?

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 09, 2013, 04:43:53 PM
Can't wait until they are romping around with Mom!  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartpinksmbounce_zps68860e89.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartpinksmbounce_zps68860e89.gif.html)

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Thanks hermit (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyflowers1_zpse30b0cc5.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyflowers1_zpse30b0cc5.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 10, 2013, 01:21:08 PM
Thursday, October 10

Well, Cub A must have known that I haven’t seen him stand because this morning, right before my shift ended, he decided to impress Deng and me by standing up for just under a second like his bigger brother did last night!  Unfortunately, as much as we enjoyed seeing him stand up, at the time we were trying to get his weight so we really needed him to sit still!  He quickly settled down once he realized that he wasn’t going to be able to get out of the container we weigh the cubs in. After getting his weight, we gave the squirmy cub to his mother who readily allowed him to nurse until his tummy was full,  and he quieted down for a nap.

Jen Webb
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 10, 2013, 06:05:59 PM
Wow ... beginning to stand! ... they are growing so quick :nod2:

Thank you hermit (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/RoseTeeny_zps5c78bc0b.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/RoseTeeny_zps5c78bc0b.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 11, 2013, 02:00:45 AM
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The polls are open, and you get to choose! Have you voted for your favorite set of panda cub names? Here are the current stats:

Lan Tian and Bi Shui are in the lead with 25 percent of the vote!  In second are Mei Lun and Mei Huan with 22 percent. Mei Lun and Mei Hua are tied for third with Tian Lun and Tian Le at 20 percent. Last, but not least, Da Lan and Xiao Lan have 13 percent.

 Of course, the competition’s fierce, and the tables could turn as more votes arrive! Voting closes October 20 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Make sure you cast your vote! Vote here: www.gma.yahoo.com
I’m trying to vote. Why am I getting an “Access Denied” message?
 To keep things fair, the contest is intended for one vote per user or IP address. If you’re receiving this message, you have either already voted, or if you share a computer or device, someone else may have already voted from that same IP address.


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At 87 days old, how are our cubs doing?  Amy Allagnon, Veterinary Technician, has an update for Cub Confidential from the panda nursery:

They are getting big! Cub A is 3.5 kilograms (7.7 pounds), and Cub B is 3.8 kilograms (8.4 pounds). Everything is normal, and the boys are doing great.  Lun Lun is a great mom and extremely cooperative; we’re swapping every six hours now.  Everyone is excited for their 100th day and the voting results. It would be nice to call them something other than A and B!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 11, 2013, 08:47:48 AM
Wow! ... they are both around 8 pounds!

... darling pictures ... thank you hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 11, 2013, 02:17:56 PM
Friday, October 11

Last night was the quietest, most uneventful night I've had! The cubs were both very quiet all night because they were in what I call a "food coma" after nursing from Lun so well! Lun Lun herself stuffed her face with bamboo for quite a long time and then fell asleep in her own food-induced coma before waking up and eating some more. All this sleeping made me pretty sleepy myself, but thankfully I have plenty to do to keep me busy!

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Watch this video for pure joy ...
Post by: MaryG on October 14, 2013, 12:23:15 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPB9Pa7XcBs


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 14, 2013, 01:34:09 PM
That is adorable.  :love:  Thank you MaryG.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 14, 2013, 01:35:48 PM
Monday, October 14

Yesterday, October 13, the cubs were 90 days old! Wow! I still remember in those early days, we were so happy to reach the 48-hour mark, then the 72-hour mark. We only planned hour by hour, swap by swap. Even though the cubs were always doing well in those early days and we never had a real cause for concern, we couldn't rest easy while they were so young and fragile. But as the days, weeks and then months passed, the cubs continued to thrive and we stopped holding our breath. We've never stopped being vigilant, of course! This is a big milestone for us, though and we are thrilled that the cubs and Lun Lun are doing so well! Right now, Cub A weighs 3.7 kilograms and Cub B weighs 3.9 kilograms.

Heather Baker Roberts
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 14, 2013, 02:52:22 PM
Awwwwhhhhhh ... that video was pure joy (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartpinksmbounce_zps68860e89.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartpinksmbounce_zps68860e89.gif.html)  ..... thank you Mary (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileydaisytulip_zps158b2f38.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileydaisytulip_zps158b2f38.gif.html)

Wow .... 90 days old! .... it sure has gone by quick :nod2: ... thanks hermit for the report (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileytulipblue_zpsd84b1d7e.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileytulipblue_zpsd84b1d7e.gif.html)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 14, 2013, 06:40:03 PM
Thank you MaryG and hermit.  :bigsmile:
I wonder what the winning names will be?


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 15, 2013, 01:34:35 PM
Tuesday, October 15

One of the first things we do when we arrive for our nursery shifts is to check in with the nursery keeper that we are relieving and to look at the cubs’ daily logs. The logs are a great way to quickly visualize how well the cubs have been gaining weight throughout the day (as well as on any previous days). When I arrived on Sunday, I was surprised to see that Cub A had gained 154 grams in just one nursing session with Lun Lun.  This is a personal record for him for the most amount of weight gained at one time! Cub B is gaining weight steadily with a couple of these big gains over the last few days, too. Cub A now weighs 3.88 kilograms, and Cub B is 4.04 kilograms.
Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


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Jennifer Andrew, Keeper I, gets to witness the “brotherly love” between the cubs. Here’s what our two boys were up to overnight:

“The other night during a swap, I watched the cubs interact with each other in a cute way.  After I set Cub B in the playpen, he decided to sprawl out and take a nap.  He ended up lying on one of Cub A’s legs. Cub A got pretty upset about Cub B being in his space. He was squirming and making little grunting noises! When Cub A finally squirmed out from under Cub B, he scooted his little body up to Cub B’s rear end and proceeded to scoot head-first into him over and over for a few seconds as if saying, “Hey!  Stay on your side!” Cub B’s head popped up very quickly – he wasn’t sure what to make of this situation! But he did eventually scoot out of the middle of the playpen and go back to sleep without another protest from his brother.”


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 15, 2013, 07:59:17 PM
I love the pictures :love: They are growing quickly and developing their own characteristics .... one seems to have a longer snout and elongated eye markings .... nice that they have their own individual traits :heart0:

Thanks hermit! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 17, 2013, 01:52:55 AM
Wednesday, October 16

As many of us have mentioned, Cub A has always been the most vocal of the twins. Early on, everyone said that he was going to be a handful later on, but I always said that I thought it was going to be Cub B that would be the troublemaker when they were older. I based this assumption on my experience with Lun Lun's other cubs. Mei Lan and Xi Lan were both very fussy and vocal cubs. Po was so quiet he scared us sometimes when he was first born. At the time, we put it down to Lun Lun being a more experienced mom. However, now with five cubs to compare, I think it is all just their innate personalities. As it turns out, I was right about Cub A and Cub B. Cub B, the quiet one, doesn't like to be handled by humans and squirms and vocalizes during swaps, vet checks and now bottle feedings. Quiet Po was exactly the same way. Cub A is more like Mei Lan and Xi Lan, and takes everything in stride. However, they are the opposite with their mother; just as Po was quiet when with Lun Lun and vocal when handled by vet staff and keepers, Cub B rarely vocalizes when he with his mother. But, Cub A whines and sqawks frequently while nursing or getting other attentions from Lun Lun, as did Mei Lan and Xi Lan. It's very interesting!

Heather R.
Carnivore Keeper III


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 17, 2013, 01:42:37 PM
Thursday, October 17

The twins’ 100 Day Celebration is right around the corner! The past couple of weeks have flown by, and I’m eagerly waiting to find out what I’ll be calling the cubs from now on. Last night was a peaceful night, filled with happy pandas snoozing the night away. Not all nights are like this. Sometimes the cubs and/or mom are fussy for various reasons (wanting more milk, more bamboo, etc).Satiating a mother panda with one cub is hard enough – having twins makes Lun Lun’s stomach more like Mary Poppins’ infamous carpetbag: endless! So to have her take long naps means she was able to fill her belly up with delicious bamboo. This not only translates to well-fed and happy cubs, but animals can have attitudes as well as humans, and a grumpy Lun Lun is a force you don’t want to reckon with! Luckily Lun’s a fairly laid-back gal who’s quite content as long as she has some fresh bamboo and a cub with her (though she doesn’t mind it when she gets a break from her motherly duties and gets a little mommy time!).

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 17, 2013, 02:42:59 PM
oooooo .... aren't they adorable?!!! Thanks hermit :flower

We have another Cub Confidential Update ...

The 100 Day Naming Celebration is going to be packed full with a double dose of cuddly cubs.


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Jennifer Webb, Keeper I, watches the cub overnight in the panda nursery with our colleague from Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Deng Tao. We don’t know how they manage to deal with all of this cuteness! Jen has this to share with Cub Confidential:

“In-between cub swaps Wednesday night, Cub B got to spend some time with his little (but older) brother Cub A while Lun Lun was eating bamboo. Cub A had been zonked out, spread-eagle on his back in the “playpen” until B arrived and decided that it was time to have a serious conversation with his brother.  B climbed up on top of A, who clearly was not in the mood and just wanted to go back to sleep.  B was relentless for a few minutes, grunting intently at his brother who was trying his hardest to get out from under his bigger brother.  B eventually gave up on the unwanted social time and wiggled over to the other side of the 'playpen,' and both cubs soon fell fast asleep.  Thankfully I was able to grab my camera and take a few pictures even though we had the lights off in the building for the 'big boys' who were sleeping on the other side!"


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As you may know, Cub B was born the bigger cub, and has managed to keep his weight up. Cub A is doing well too, but the team would like to see him maintain his weight gain. Rebecca Snyder, PhD, Curator of Mammals, wanted to update Cub Confidential on the twins’ nursing:
 
“We weigh the twins when they are swapped and after nursing bouts. Cub B makes the most of his nursing sessions and regularly gains 75 to 100 grams each time he nurses. Cub A also nurses regularly and normally, but he tends to gain less weight after each bout, and it varies quite a bit. Last week, he had a weight plateau for a few days. He was nursing regularly, but not gaining weight. After some discussion with Deng Tao, we decided to supplement both cubs with small amounts of formula to make sure they are getting enough milk to continue to gain weight steadily. The formula is the same we used in the first 24 hours after they were born, but the volume is greater of course. It's a combination of Esbilac (puppy formula) and Enfamil (human formula). This has been used successfully with many giant panda cubs. The twins are now both offered a small amount of formula twice a day. Cub A has responded well to this. He readily drinks the formula from a bottle, and he is gaining weight again. Cub B is not so enthusiastic. He usually refuses the formula. That's okay, and we don't force him. His weight is good and his weight gain has been steady. Both cubs are still nursing well and regularly from Lun Lun too. Cub A actually gained 138 grams Thursday night from nursing, which is a lot even for his brother. Lun Lun's weight is still above average, and her body condition is good. She seems to have enough milk for both cubs, but we are helping her out a little just to make sure. Hers and the twins' behavior and weights will determine if we continue formula supplementation long-term or not.”


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Thanks, Rebecca! Two growing boys need their nutrients. We’re so glad that the Panda Management Team is taking such good care of Lun Lun and her cubs.

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 17, 2013, 04:22:27 PM
Thanks, Chris.  :bigsmile:  I can't wait to see them playing together.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 19, 2013, 01:55:40 AM
Friday, October 18

 We have been able to see little ridges on the cubs' gums for a while now that indicate where the baby teeth would eventually erupt. On Monday evening, I thought Cub A's gums seemed a little whiter in that area, but I couldn't see any teeth yet. So I was excited to come to work today after my weekend off and find out that his canine teeth have begun to come in. In fact, both cubs now have a few teeny, tiny pearly whites! The cubs' canine teeth in both their upper and lower jaws are starting to come in. Soon, we will be able to see the rest of the cubs' other teeth too!

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 19, 2013, 09:29:05 AM
... another developmental milestone .... the eruption of the cubs' pearly whites!  :biggergrin2:

Thank you hermit! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 21, 2013, 01:35:38 PM
Monday, October 21

The cubs are becoming more and more active every day. They still sleep for long periods of time, but less than they used to do. In between nursing and napping, the cubs are scooting around the nest box (or the "playpen" box) and practicing getting their legs underneath them. They are also learning how to play. I have seen Lun Lun initiate short play bouts with each cub -- she gently nibbles them while they swat at her and thrash around trying to grab her or bite at her. Also, when the cubs are together in the "playpen" box, they have started to play together. As I said, they are still learning how to coordinate their movements, so everything is in slow-motion and clumsy, but they paw swat, bite and try to grab each other or climb on top of each other. It's very cute!

Heather R.
Carnivore Keeper III


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on October 21, 2013, 04:33:11 PM
These two cubbies are so deliciously cute!  :nod2: Absolute sweethearts.  :love: :love:

Have y'all noticed the different nose markings?


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 21, 2013, 05:36:36 PM
Oh what a cute picture ... look how wide eyed the one cubbie is!  :-> Thank you hermit!   (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyflowerspinsm_zps2c67b028.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyflowerspinsm_zps2c67b028.gif.html)

Yeah Mary .... one has almost a mustache-like nose marking (so cute!) ... and the other cubbie does not....

.... just love them both!
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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 22, 2013, 01:57:34 AM
I hadn't noticed the nose markings, but I've noticed that their eye patches are a little different.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 22, 2013, 10:23:40 AM
Yep hermit ... I've noticed that too.... one has more elongated eye patches .... cute! :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 22, 2013, 01:57:35 PM
Tuesday, October 22 (Day 99)

One of the most common questions that we receive is why we don’t allow Lun Lun to care for both of her cubs at the same time.  At birth, giant panda cubs are highly altricial (under-developed) compared to other mammals. Because of this, they require intensive maternal care. It’s difficult for a mother to provide this care for more than one cub simultaneously. The best method to ensure that both cubs will survive is to alternate the cubs with the mother for the first few months. This technique was first developed by our colleagues at the Chengdu Zoo. They used it for the first time in 1990 and as a result had the first pair of twins born in captivity to survive. In the past, one or both cubs died. One of those twin cubs was Ya Ya who is the mother of our male Yang Yang.

 A newborn giant panda cub is about 900 times smaller than its mother, weighing only three to five ounces at birth. The cub is unable to regulate its own body temperature for the first few weeks of its life, and it also lacks the coat of fur needed to help keep it warm. This means that it is entirely dependent on its mother for survival.  During the first few weeks of life, a giant panda mother will spend approximately 80% of her time holding her cub.  In addition to keeping her cub warm, she also has to groom it and nurse it. In the early stages, a mother needs to position her cub near a nipple to nurse.  The cub need some help from its mom to get in the right position to nurse until it is able to walk, which happens when it is around four months old. After a cub is able to walk, the job gets much easier for mom (if you don't count all that playtime!). 

 This is why we have not given both of the cubs to Lun Lun yet. Even though she has proven that she is a fantastic mother, we will not introduce both cubs to Lun Lun at the same time until they are both able to walk. Very soon Lun Lun will not need as much help from us anymore. Cub A and Cub B are getting closer to walking every day.   We have already seen Cub B take his first steps. It won’t be long now before the day will come when we will be able to give both cubs to Lun Lun. It is a day that all of us at the Zoo have been looking forward to since the cubs were born!

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on October 22, 2013, 03:25:12 PM
Twins won't be Cub A and Cub B much longer. 

100 days old at midnight, Wednesday, October 23.  NAME DAY! :hooray :hooray

Did you vote? Wonder which names will get the most votes ... :hmm


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 23, 2013, 02:08:52 AM
Even with all the Pandamonium in the air, our Panda Management Team is dedicated to providing Cub Confidential subscribers with exclusive updates.  Jenn Webb, Keeper I, managed to get a photo of Cub A’s erupting baby teeth while waking him for a swap. Check ‘em out!

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Jennifer Andrew, Keeper I, has more news about our growing boys:

“On Saturday evening, the cubs were very active.  Both seemed to be hard at work on their walking skills, and I watched both cubs get all four feet underneath them and hold themselves up for several seconds.  During a swap, I got to watch Cub B take what might have been his first steps!  I put him in the playpen with his brother and watched with excitement as he lifted himself off of the ground and took two wobbly steps before landing on top of Cub A.  It was over so quickly that I wasn’t able to get to our camera fast enough to share it with everyone. Keep your eyes peeled to PandaCam – you never know when Cub B will make a repeat performance or when Cub A will take his first steps!”


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: NJudy on October 23, 2013, 09:20:06 AM
Hi everyone,
It's name day!  They are officially called Mei Lun and Mei Huan...WOOHOO!!   Celebrate good times...come on! 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 23, 2013, 10:26:04 AM
Yep .... it is official ...

"Zoo officials said Wednesday the pandas will be called Mei Lun and Mei Huan, which originates from a Chinese idiom that means "something indescribably beautiful and magnificent."

Source: ABC7News | WJLATV   http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/10/atlanta-zoo-names-twin-pandas-mei-lun-and-mei-huan-95806.html

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Thanks NJudy for being the first to get us the news .... and hermit for that fabulous close up!  :flower :flower



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 23, 2013, 01:41:11 PM
Thanks, NJudy and Chris.

Chris, I didn't mean for the photo to be that huge, but I didn't know how to make it smaller.  :innocent:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 23, 2013, 01:44:20 PM
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Wednesday, October 23

Tuesday night was a quiet night in the building – almost like the calm before a storm. But a good storm! This morning we learned that out little fuzzballs now have official names: Mei Lun (Cub A) and Mei Huan (Cub B). The morning was filled with more cameras than I've seen in awhile as Good Morning America was here at Zoo Atlanta shooting live footage of the staff/guests that were present for the naming celebration as well as live shots of the cubs! The stars were more interested in being squirmy cubs than in getting any camera time. Mei Huan wanted to use his brother as a pillow while Mei Lun had other ideas.

 We also were treated with guest speakers such as The Honorable Mayor Kasim Reed! I was lucky enough to participate in a Q&A with the local school children that was also a lot of fun. 

 I'm sure all of the excitement will leave some pretty sleepy cubs tonight when I come back for my next shift. And don't worry about Lun Lun! She was quite happy to have some kid-free mommy time eating bamboo at her leisure. She even caught in some beauty rest (like she needs it!).

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c30i79-FA3M


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 23, 2013, 02:28:59 PM
That video is priceless! Thanks hermit!!!!!!! :flower

     Love Them!
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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on October 23, 2013, 05:48:29 PM
A priceless keeper -  :love: :love:

Thanks, hermit, for posting the video.

Perfect names - Mei Lun and Mei Huan for two precious panda cubs.  :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 23, 2013, 09:28:39 PM
cute names for the twins  :love: - although I may confuse Mei Lun with Mei Lan!  :rolleyes2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 23, 2013, 09:36:08 PM
cute names for the twins  :love: - although I may confuse Mei Lun with Mei Lan!  :rolleyes2:

... me too BOP :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 24, 2013, 01:23:28 PM
Thursday, October 24

Even if I can't see their bodies or haven't checked the log book, I can always tell which cub I have when I pick them up during a cub swap. Mei Lun (Cub A) will usually curl into a cute little panda ball when I pick him up. He generally doesn't care how he's picked up as long as he's fully supported. His brother, Mei Huan, is usually squirmier and prefers (at least for me) to be held sternally, with his chest facing the ground. If you have Mei Huan on his back when you pick him up, he quickly starts waving his paws around in an effort to flip himself over in your arms. Since they haven't started climbing, those nails of theirs are pretty sharp, and we are all pretty quick to reposition an active cub to avoid having our skin raked by those admittedly adorable but needle-sharp claws!  They won't draw blood, but they leave nice little raised marks on your skin that'll take awhile to fade.

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 24, 2013, 04:49:35 PM
We have a Cub Confidential Update ....

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Say goodbye to Cub A and Cub B, and say hello to Mei Lun and Mei Huan! We had a great time for Mei Lun’sand Mei Huan’s 100th day!  We hope all of the trivia winners enjoyed the celebration. PANDA Extravaganza winner Cathy Burk and her friend Linda Campbell were both filled with excitement about meeting the cubs. Congratulations, Cathy! Thank you  to Southwest Airlines for flying Cathy and Linda to Atlanta and to the W-Atlanta Downtown for giving them the VIP treatment with lodging, dinner at BLT, and spa treatments at Bliss! A special thank you goes out to Good Morning America for helping us find names for our boys!  

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Heather Roberts, Keeper III, spends hours caring for our cubs. How can she tell who is who? Heather tells Cub Confidential readers how she can tell Mei Lun and Mei Huan apart:

“Since the cubs have gotten older, their faces have changed enough that I can tell them apart quite easily just looking at the shape of their heads and noses. However, I have recently noticed that Mei Huan’s eye patches look different from Mei Lun’s eye patches. In fact, interestingly, Mei Huan’s eye patches look very similar to Xi Lan's eye patches did when he was an infant. Just like Xi Lan's, Mei Huan’s eye patches curl up at the ends. At some point, Xi Lan's eye patches lost that curly look, so I imagine that the same will happen to Mei Huan, but I guess we will have to wait and see!”

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The cubs are starting to look different, but do the cubs have different squeaks and vocalizations, too? When they’re both in the playpen together, can Lun Lun hear them, and do we think she has a better idea now that there are two cubs? Rebecca Snyder, PhD, Curator of Mammals answers one of our most frequently asked questions:

“The twins’ vocalizations are not noticeably different from each other to our ears. We know from research done by Zoo Atlanta scientists that adult giant pandas have measurable variation in their bleat vocalizations. Giant pandas can detect these differences. However, research has not been done, yet, to determine if giant panda cubs have measurable variation in their calls or if mothers attend to this. Given how readily mothers accept and care for cubs unrelated to them, I doubt that mothers attend to these variations, if they do exist. The cubs rarely vocalize when they are in the playpen. If they vocalize loudly, Lun Lun can hear them because the playpen is near her den. I don’t know if she knows there are two cubs or not. If only we could ask her.”
If only we could!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 25, 2013, 01:52:52 AM
Thank you, Chris.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 25, 2013, 02:36:30 PM
Friday, October 25

Right now, Mei Huan initiates most of the play sessions with his brother. Mei Lun reciprocates, but always seems to be sleepy when Mei Huan is playful. I am sure this will soon change! I wonder if this is because all along Mei Huan seems to be a few days ahead of Mei Lun developmentally. The cubs’ play bouts are still clumsy and uncoordinated, but it is still cute to watch!

Heather R.
Carnivore Keeper III


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 28, 2013, 01:49:40 PM
Monday, October 28

Both cubs are getting really good at standing on all four legs. Their movements are still pretty clumsy, and sometimes when they try to walk they appear to be making frog-like or inchworm-like movements all around the nest box. Both cubs are coordinated enough to follow the direction Lun Lun goes in when she leaves them in the nest box, but those pesky divider walls are still just a bit too much for the cubs to handle. Mei Huan has discovered that he can prop his head on the wall to watch Lun Lun, and I caught him with a paw over the side the other day as well.  We’ve all known it for a while, but he is going to be such a handful once he starts walking!  Mei Lun is practicing a lot too.  He has been very active lately, and although he hasn’t quite caught up with his brother, he gets better every day. It won’t be long before he is causing all kinds of trouble too. I hope Lun Lun is ready for her adorable twin terrors because things are about to get much cuter around here!

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


 :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 28, 2013, 06:37:03 PM
What a cutie!!!!!!!!!!! :heart0:

Thanks so much hermit! :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 29, 2013, 03:35:54 PM
Tuesday, October 29

A few of our PandaCam viewers have asked when we can expect Mei Lun and Mei Huan to start urinating and defecating on their own. They’ll start to do this on their own at around 4 months of age. This is when giant panda cubs are walking, and it marks the end of the den phase. Exciting times ahead!

Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Heather Roberts, Keeper III, is so happy that Mei Lun and Mei Huan are healthy, growing cubs! She has this update for Cub Confidential:

“We are still supplementing the cubs with formula. It is a very small amount -- only 50 grams of formula per cub in a 24-hour period.  Mei Huan typically refused the formula initially, but now both cubs are drinking the formula regularly. How much formula they are offered and consume is dependent on how much of Lun Lun's milk they have consumed during a nursing session, which can vary quite a bit. They are both still obtaining the majority of their calories from Lun Lun's milk. Mei Lun now weighs 4.61 kilograms (10.16 pounds), and Mei Huan weighs 4.69 kilograms (10.34 pounds); Mei Lun is catching up to his brother once again!”

We’re glad that Mei Lun and Mei Huan are getting all of their nutrients and calories from Lun Lun and the formula. They are growing so fast; are their teeth starting to come in yet? Heather shares:

“The cubs’ teeth are starting to break through their gums. As with any teething baby, these boys want to chew on everything -- the side of the nest box, the blankets, each other! We gave them some baby toys for them to chew on. These are toys that we have used with our other cubs in the past. The toys are in the playpen box so the cubs can play with or chew on them in there. We will not put them in the dens because Lun Lun would likely break or tear up these toys since they are quite small and soft. We have seen both cubs chewing on the toys. The cubs are still working on their playing skills,so they are not yet at the point where they are swatting at or playing with the toys, but it is only a matter of time!”
 
Who knew that watching over panda cubs required so much baby-proofing? Thank you for taking such great care of the boys!


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on October 29, 2013, 06:39:29 PM
Thanks, hermit. I love the photo where one cub is lying over top of the other.  :love: :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 29, 2013, 07:45:30 PM
Thanks, hermit. I love the photo where one cub is lying over top of the other.  :love: :love:

I love that one too BOP! .... it looks like they are hugging .... love them! :heart0:

Thanks hermit for bringing over the update and pictures!!!  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: sylvia on October 29, 2013, 10:04:11 PM
Thank you, hermit. Wonderful photos!!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 30, 2013, 02:05:00 PM
Wednesday, October 30

Now that the cubs are older, we are getting ready for another change in staffing. For the last three and a half months we have had the privilege of having Deng Tao, a colleague from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, with us sharing his expertise on raising twin panda cubs. You may remember that he landed in Atlanta on July 15, came straight to the Zoo, and was here for the birth of the twins. For the next month, Deng Tao pretty much lived in the panda building. At night he slept in a den next to Lun Lun, and he only left the building to shower or occasionally go out for a meal. After the cubs reached a month old, he started leaving the building during the day to sleep and spent nights working at the Zoo with us. He hasn't taken a day off since he arrived. We have learned a lot from him in the last three and a half months – from cub-swapping techniques to stimulating cubs and even how to make cub vocalizations!

 It has been an honor working with Deng Tao and learning from him, but in just a few days he will head home. I know that he is very excited to see his family and get back to the pandas he works with in Chengdu. Thank you for your dedication to Lun Lun and her cubs, Deng. We'll miss you!

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 30, 2013, 10:08:19 PM
Awwwhhh ... it is almost time for Deng to go back  :sosad: .... he has been invaluable to Zoo Atlanta .... I wish him a safe journey home and much happiness! :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on October 31, 2013, 12:29:21 PM
Have a safe journey home, Mr. Deng, and thank you for all you've done for the cubs and for what you have taught the staff.  :flower

Everyone will miss you - especially the cubs - I'm sure they'll know.  :nod2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on October 31, 2013, 02:03:16 PM
Thursday, October 31

Wednesday night was a typical night in PandaLand supplemented with a few funny and cute moments. Before my shift started, nursery keeper Heather told me Mei Huan managed to overcome the biggest obstacle he’s had to face to date: the nestbox walls! He managed to climb over it, which took a lot of effort. This was caught on PandaCam so you might have seen it live! This took a lot of energy out of Mei Huan, so once he was on the other side he needed a bit of a break to rest and recoup some energy! It’s only a matter of days before Mei Lun tackles The Great Wall of Den 2 as well!

Later in the evening, Lun Lun decided to have a little play session all by herself. She decided to pull up all of the wood wool we stuffed around the elevated scale in Den 1 (to prevent the cubs from falling back there and getting stuck). She sometimes does this in an effort to get our attention because she wants something. This is not behavior we want to reinforce so we always ignore it and will go see what she wants once she abandons the wood wool and does something else. However this time I think she just wanted to entertain herself because next thing I knew she was rolling around in the wood wool anointing herself with it! When giant pandas anoint themselves, they’ll rub whatever it is (usually something that smells really interesting) all over their heads. Our pandas typically do this with the various scents we offer for enrichment. Their favorites are Listerine, Tabasco sauce, vanilla extract and cinnamon. The pandas don’t ingest anything; they simply want to get the smell all over themselves.  It’s sort of similar to a cat getting into catnip; it doesn’t last long but they really get into it! We’re not sure why pandas do this, but they seem to enjoy it! Once I realized what Lun Lun was doing, I snuck in there and quickly snapped a few shots, catching her in the act. Oddly enough the wood wool did not have any scents on it, so I wonder what she was smelling!

After that I gave Lun Lun a feeder toy: a thick piece of bamboo with holes cut in it. In each hole were some of her leafeater biscuits. She really enjoyed manipulating the feeder toy, trying to get the biscuits out. The bamboo is pretty thick, but she still managed to crack it open in places with her powerful jaw! She also made a lot of noise trying to get the biscuits out (dropping the feeder toy on the ground while manipulating it, rolling it around on the ground, etc), but thankfully all of the other pandas in the building didn't mind too much. This is a good thing because she was kept busy with this feeder toy for over half an hour!

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on October 31, 2013, 03:41:16 PM
Thank you hermit! :flower

We have another Cub Confidential update (they are so generous with updates .... I hope that this is not duplicate information) ....

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As they grow, the panda cubs are becoming more active and are starting to show signs of some rudimentary play. In the past, we’ve only seen one cub scoot around in his playpen, but now we have the pleasure of watching the boys begin to interact with each other. Heather Roberts, Keeper III, has this update for Cub Confidential:

“The cubs are becoming more and more active every day. They still sleep for long periods of time, but they do so less than they used to do.  In between nursing and napping, the cubs are scooting around the playpen and practicing getting their legs underneath them. They are also learning how to play. I have seen Lun Lun initiate short play bouts with each cub -- she gently nibbles a cub while he swats at her and thrashes around trying to grab her or bite at her. Also, when the cubs are together in the playpen, they have started to play together. As I said, they are still learning how to coordinate their movements, so everything is in slow motion and clumsy, but they paw swat, bite, and try to grab each other or climb on top of each other. It's very cute!”


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The boys have surely taken full advantage of the “play” in the playpen. Luckily, the panda nursery keepers snapped some cute pics of Mei Lun and Mei Huan for Cub Confidential!  Jen Webb, Keeper I, has this to share:

“The twins have been pretty playful the past couple of days.  I was lucky enough to capture some pictures!  They’re still learning how to coordinate all of their limbs, but they’re getting better and better every day!  They’re also interacting with the various enrichment items we offer them since they’ve hit the teething phase of their life. Besides being fun to chew on, both cubs also think they’re fun to sleep with!  The small purple ‘jolly ball’ seems to be a favorite.”


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We can hardly wait until the boys are walking and playing with Lun Lun together! Thanks, Heather and Jen!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 01, 2013, 02:22:29 AM
Thanks, Chris.  :bigsmile:   They are so adorable.  I can't wait to see them playing together.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 01, 2013, 01:47:42 PM
Friday, November 1

We get a lot of questions from PandaCam viewers about Lun Lun’s interactions with the cubs. It’s normal for giant panda mothers to carry their cubs in their mouths to move them. Lun Lun does this gently (for a giant panda) and she will not hurt the cub. Also, the cubs are big and tough now and can handle some jostling. Behavior that might look rough to you is perfectly acceptable to a giant panda. This will become more apparent when Lun Lun and the cubs start play fighting in another month or two. They can be very rough with each other, but no one will get hurt. Wild giant panda mothers usually move their cubs to different den sites. This serves a few purposes, such as reducing the chance that predators will find the cub, reducing the chance of parasites infesting the den, and allowing the mother to forage in a different area for bamboo. So, it’s normal for a captive female to have the urge to move her cub too. Lun Lun sometimes carries a cub into an adjacent den, as you have seen. Occasionally, she carries the cub longer and doesn’t settle down with it right away. That’s ok and normal.

Rebecca Snyder, PhD
Curator of Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 03, 2013, 03:22:50 PM
I just watched one of the cubs climb out of the nestbox. :thumbsup1:  He was very determined to get out.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 03, 2013, 06:17:25 PM
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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on November 03, 2013, 08:29:59 PM
Speaking of Mr. Wu ...  :love:

Have you set eyes on him recently?  HUGE! :nod2:  And, still has his adventuresome streak.  He's a character, alright.  :whistle:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 04, 2013, 03:16:39 PM
Monday, November 4

Lun Lun has been carrying the cubs to her other dens much more frequently lately, so the cubs are getting more opportunities to explore their surroundings. Recently, she has started taking the cubs onto the scale in one of her dens. Yesterday afternoon, she took Mei Lun onto the scale to rest while she anointed herself with the wood wool that we’re using to cub-proof the area behind the scale. She didn’t get much time to enjoy herself, though, because Mei Lun slipped off the scale and fell onto the floor.  The scale isn’t very far off the ground, and he wasn’t fazed by it at all. Plus, he got some playtime with Mom out of it!

 Later in the evening, nursery keeper Jen watched Mei Lun climb out of the nest box for the first time. He’s been working on it for days, and he finally succeeded! From the sounds of it, Lun Lun seemed a little surprised to walk back into the den and find Mei Lun outside of the nest box. Pretty soon, she’ll have a difficult time getting away from her cubs for naptime and meals because they'll follow her everywhere!

 All of these adventures must have worn Mei Lun out because he slept soundly for my entire shift.

Jennifer Andrew
Keeper I, Mammals


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 04, 2013, 06:00:09 PM
Cool! ... and you were able to see it first hand hermit ... very neat! :nod2: :bigsmile:

Mary ... I haven't checked in the SDZ Panda cam lately .... will have to do that :thumbsup1:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 05, 2013, 02:35:30 PM
Tuesday, November 5

We've mentioned in previous updates that the cubs are becoming more active. I witnessed this firsthand overnight. It seemed like anytime I picked the cubs up, they turned into Energizer Bunnies! They are very playful right now, and anything makes a great toy! When they're in one of their playful moods, it can be very difficult to take their temperatures, weigh them, and stimulate them. Usually we do all three of these things at the same time because it's quicker, and we can get the cubs where they need to go, whether it's to Lun Lun or into the playpen. But when they're playful, they would rather crawl around and swat at whatever is in their path than lie or sit calmly until we're finished. Last night they gave me just enough time to do one thing at a time. In between, I had to put them in the playpen and wait for them to fall asleep. It was a pretty cute challenge, and I managed to get weights for both cubs first thing this morning. Mei Lun weighs 4.94 kilograms, and Mei Huan weighs 5.2 kilograms.

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: MaryG on November 05, 2013, 03:20:04 PM
Look at the pearly whites!!  :nod2:  WOW ...  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 05, 2013, 06:09:40 PM
... 'Energizer Bunnies'   :haha: ... too cute ...thanks hermit for the update and pic  :flower


We have another Cub Confidential Update ....

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Jenny Elgart, Keeper III, has been busy preparing for our next cub adventure: lion cubs! She made it back to the panda nursery this past weekend after a couple of weeks in the meat-eating carnivore side of the Mammal Department. She has this to share with Cub Confidential:

“Over the weekend, I had my first night shift back in the giant panda building, and how things have changed! If you've been following all of the updates, you know exactly what I mean. The cubs are getting huge and moving around much more than they were a few weeks ago. They are getting more independent, as are we. It was my first night without our college, Deng Tao, and I must say, I missed him. Luckily, the panda nursery staff is incredible with their routine and record keeping, so I was able to pick up everything right from where we left off. The most difficult thing was remembering to call the cubs by their new names instead of Cub A and Cub B. Lun Lun is definitely going to have her paws full with these two boys, and I can't wait to see the adventures that are to come.”

Thanks, Jenny. Glad to hear you’re back in the panda nursery!
The overnight panda nursery keepers always manage to capture some of our cutest panda cub moments. Jen Webb, Keeper I, has this update:

“Mei Huan is quite the little explorer now. He has scaled the nestbox walls several times. Since he’s seemed to have mastered that, he’s now trying to figure out what’s in Den 3 and how he can get over there. He’s tried to climb up onto the shift door ledge, but that’s just a little too high for him.  He’s also tried to get to Den 3 via the vertical metal bars at the back corner of the nestbox, but those efforts have been thwarted by his still-developing coordination.

Now it seems he’s decided that his time in the playpen should be divided between naps and some serious exercise (plus some wrestling if his brother is with him). We have blankets on the bottom of the playpen, but he wastes no time in shoving all the bedding material to a corner as he scoots around and tries to steady himself on all four limbs.  After fixing the bedding material five times in less than five minutes, I gave up and just let him scoot and lunge until he tired himself out, making a mess of the blankets in the process. Once he was fast asleep I scooped him up, rearranged his bedding, and placed him back where he promptly passed back out.”


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 06, 2013, 02:59:12 AM
Thank you for the update and pics, Chris.  They'll both be walking soon!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 06, 2013, 02:19:54 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAlY9uybru4


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 06, 2013, 05:31:22 PM
Wednesday, November 6

Now that the twins have figured out that there's more to life than obeying mom and staying in the nestbox, we've had to cub-proof the dens a bit. Two of the dens have a section of vertical bars used as one of our many training locations with our adult pandas. Some of the bars can be removed (as they have been for months) to facilitate easier training sessions (such as voluntary ultrasound with Lun Lun). The gaps between the bars are several inches wide.  These gaps are wide enough that we can stick our arms through, and they’re also wide enough that our adult pandas could easily stick a paw out and swat at you if you're not paying attention (which is why you'll never see one of us standing by those bars with our back to it if a panda has access). Thankfully our bears are pretty good and rarely misbehave in this sense. Panda cubs, however, are under the illusion that they can do whatever they want! Since they are more mobile and could squeeze their cute little bodies through these bars, we've decided to put the other bars back in place, thus reducing the gaps to just a couple of inches. These boys have plenty of space to roam about and explore, so I don't feel bad about thwarting their efforts. In the rear corners of Den 2 (the nestbox den) there are vertical bars acting as “windows” between the adjacent dens. We aren't too worried about those bars right now, as the boys first need to figure out how to haul themselves up onto the ledge before they can squeeze through the bars. I'd say we've got some time before they figure that out.

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 06, 2013, 06:06:03 PM
That video is adorable!!!! Having these twins  .... adds a whole new dimension to panda cub watching  :heart0:

Thanks hermit!!!  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 06, 2013, 11:24:15 PM
Love the video!  :love: Thanks, hermit.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 07, 2013, 02:20:17 PM
Thursday, November 7

With the twins getting bigger and showing more interest in play sessions, Lun Lun in dividing her time accordingly. She used to split her time between eating, nursing, and catching naps when able to. This was because the cubs were very small and needed to nurse more often. Now that they're bigger and don't nurse as often (they have longer nursing sessions, but the frequency has gone down), Lun Lun has more time to nap and eat. She's also allocating more time to play and bond with her little ones. This is important behavior as it helps the cubs build muscle, learn to coordinate their movements, bond with mother, and learn how to defend themselves and interact with other giant pandas once they are weaned and enter the world without Mom. Our cubs will never be released into the wild because they'd have a hard time un-learning that humans equal delicious food, and they’d have a hard time knowing how to navigate the wild on their own. But their wild counterparts definitely use lessons learned during play sessions every day as adults. Play sessions between a mother and her male offspring tend to be a little rougher and this makes sense as in the wild, where male giant pandas would compete with each other for breeding rights with a female, for example. Our little tykes are nowhere near that stage of their life. They're still learning how to get the upper hand when playing with Mom, which is hard when Mom weighs over 20 times more than you do!

Jen W.
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 07, 2013, 05:00:41 PM
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We can’t stop watching the cubs wobble and scoot around the den on PandaCam. Lun Lun always seems to be very content inside the den as well. Does Lun Lun go outside and get some sun? Curator of Mammals, Rebecca Snyder, PhD, answers some of our most asked giant panda questions for Cub Confidential:

We have some space constraints because we currently have six giant pandas. Now that the weather has cooled off in Atlanta, we can have the subadult and adult males outside most of the time, and that frees up some of the other space for Lun Lun. We are planning to give her access to a dayroom starting later this month. We also have outdoor, off-exhibit porches that she can go into. Lun Lun is healthy and doing well in her current housing situation.
 
 We’re glad Lun Lun likes to be inside with her cubs! Can you describe the layout of the indoor enclosures Lun Lun is in when she is caring for a cub?

The area that Lun Lun and the twins are in has three dens in a linear arrangement. The center one is the den that contains the nest box.
   


 While they are in the nest box, have you noticed a change in Lun Lun’s interactions with Mei Lun and Mei Huan, compared with her previous three cubs? Were there any differences between her interactions with Mei Lan since he was her first?

Overall, Lun Lun’s behavior has been very similar with all of her cubs. But we have noticed some differences, particularly in her behavior with her first cub, Mei Lan, and subsequent cubs. For example, it took her longer to quiet Mei Lan than her other cubs. This is not surprising, because as an experienced mother she is more practiced at responding to a newborn cub’s vocalizations and repositioning it to make it comfortable. She also took longer to put Mei Lan down and start leaving him than she did with the other cubs. Again, this is a normal change as a mother gains experience.

 We know that the pink color on the cubs’ fur is from mom’s saliva, but do giant pandas exhibit albinism or other color mutations?

An albino giant panda has never been reported. There have been a few individuals that are brown and white rather than black and white. These individuals have been found in the Qinling Mountains in Shaanxi province. The color difference is likely due to a recessive gene.

 Thanks, Rebecca. We love learning new giant panda facts and catching up with mama bear!


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 07, 2013, 06:41:12 PM
How interesting that there are brown and white pandas ... I never knew that (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/SmileyThinking_zpsce664176.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/SmileyThinking_zpsce664176.gif.html)

Very sweet pics  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartspinkjump_zpsf8a64901.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartspinkjump_zpsf8a64901.gif.html)   ... thanks hermit  (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileyrosegirl_zps5379da87.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileyrosegirl_zps5379da87.gif.html)



Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 08, 2013, 05:09:54 PM
I just watched one of the cubs climb through the door to join Lun Lun in the next den.  :love:

Now he's trying to nurse, while Lun Lun is trying to eat.  :bigsmile:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 08, 2013, 10:05:11 PM
How cute hermit! :bigsmile: Lun is going to have her paws full with thes2 two :nod2: :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 11, 2013, 02:22:23 PM
Monday, November 11

Now that the cubs are so mobile, weighing them is really difficult! They will not stay still long enough for the scale to register a weight. Sometimes it can take over five minutes just to get an accurate weight! We still weigh them frequently to make sure they are eating well and growing as they should.  Who knew such a simple task could be such a challenge? Speaking of weights:  Currently Mei Lun weighs 5.3 kilograms, and Mei Huan weighs 5.2 kilograms.

Heather R.
Keeper III, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 11, 2013, 09:53:58 PM
Wow ... growing up quick .... almost the exact same weight .... two healthy boys! (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Heartspinkjump_zps7dac9d01.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Heartspinkjump_zps7dac9d01.gif.html)

Thanks hermit   :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 12, 2013, 03:00:52 PM
Tuesday, November 12

Well, we knew it wouldn’t be long before Mei Lun followed in his brother’s footsteps! Yesterday afternoon Mei Lun made his first successful climb over the shift door and into one of Lun Lun’s other dens. Even though Mei Lun has been slower than his brother in developing his walking and climbing skills, he is ahead of his brother in his bathroom skills.

As gross as it may sound, poop is a very important part of a zookeepers’ day-to-day job. An animal’s bathroom habits can tell us a lot about its health, and in this case, development. Panda cubs cannot urinate or defecate on their own until they are around 4 months old.  Up until now, either Lun Lun or the nursery keepers would help the cubs with this, frequently stimulating them to eliminate waste. Over the last week, Mei Lun has occasionally urinated or defecated on his own. We still see Lun Lun stimulating the cubs a few times a day. We will also continue to stimulate the cubs until they are consistently eliminating on their own. Pretty soon that will no longer be necessary – our little boys are growing up!

Jennifer Andrew
Keeper I, Mammals


I watched Mei Lun climb through the door into the next den yesterday.  It took him a while, and he fell back a couple of times, but he made it.  :thumbsup1:

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 12, 2013, 03:41:43 PM
5:10  Right now they are showing one of the other pandas in the hammock room.   :love:  I haven't seen any of the others since the twins were born.  It isn't Yang Yang, but I can't tell whether it's Xi Lan or Po. 


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 12, 2013, 08:30:38 PM
Thanks hermit for the update and the adorable picture   :heart0:  I bet I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between Xi Lan and Po either :dunno:

We have another Cub Confidential Update .......

The cubs are almost 4 months old! How are our boys doing at this stage compared with Lun Lun’s previous three cubs? Amy Allagnon, Panda Nursery Keeper, had this to say to Cub Confidential:

“All of the cubs were doing the same thing around day 120!  They were all climbing over the thresholds trying to get into adjacent dens. At the 4-month mark, all cubs took their first couple of steps, so we’re excited to see the cubs do that now! Here’s a look back at what everyone weighed at 120 days old:
 


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Mei Lun and Mei Huan are a little lighter in weight, but they are still in good health!” 

Thanks, Amy! It’s good to know that our boys are right on track! It seems like every time we look at PandaCam, the cubs are both becoming more and more aware of their surroundings. Jennifer Andrew, Keeper I, gives us an update on our curious cubs:

“Now that Mei Huan has discovered that he can climb over the shift doors, there's not really anywhere Lun Lun can go without him trying to follow. He's still a little wobbly on his feet, but his walking skills improve every day! I even watched him pull himself up on the steel mesh of the keeper door the other night while trying to get Lun Lun's attention. He's definitely not shy about letting her know what he wants!


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[font=verdana]As expected, Mei Lun is a little slower in developing his walking skills. He's always been just a few days behind his younger brother in most milestones, and that's okay. He's doing well and is exactly where we would expect him to be. He's not quite as ‘gung-ho’ as his brother when it comes to exploring the area beyond the nest box. However, pretty soon Lun Lun won't be able to go anywhere without him, either!”

Thanks, Jennifer! We can’t wait to see the two little cubs trailing behind Lun Lun.


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 13, 2013, 02:32:08 AM
Thanks for the update, and the sweet pictures, Chris.  :bigsmile:

Yesterday afternoon, Mei Huan (I assume) came crawling into the den where Lun Lun was peacefully eating bamboo, and she looked at him as if to say, "Where did you come from? You're not supposed to be here."   :lollol:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on November 13, 2013, 07:46:01 AM
Hurry Hurry ..... turn on the cam!!  They are giving her both cubs!!!!!!


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: JudyB on November 13, 2013, 08:17:51 AM
Thanks, Patti!  :love:

Lonette from the Hancock Forum got some s'caps - http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?topic=582961#582961 (http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?topic=582961#582961)


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on November 13, 2013, 10:01:29 AM
They are soooo cute.  They are awake now and playing.  I don't know where Lun Lun went.  I'll post some pics as soon as I get a chance.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 13, 2013, 02:38:12 PM
What a surprise to check in and see Lun Lun with both cubs!  :love:  I wonder what she's thinking.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 13, 2013, 05:20:05 PM
That is very exciting :nod2: I'm wondering what she is thinking too. The news of seeing both cubbies with Mom will temper other news .... sad news ....   we knew it was coming and November 24th appears to be the date ... when we have to say goodbye to Xi Lan and Po (http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z199/nightengale14072/GIF%203/Smileysigh3_zpsdc3dfd56.gif) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/nightengale14072/media/GIF%203/Smileysigh3_zpsdc3dfd56.gif.html)

... a Cub Confidential Update ....

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Letter from Rebecca Snyder, PhD, Curator of Mammals
 
I wanted to take a brief detour from all things Mei Lun and Mei Huan to send our Cub Confidential family a personal note on two other giant pandas who are near and dear to us: the twins’ older brothers, Xi Lan and Po.
 
As most of you probably know, we’ll soon bid farewell to our “big boys” when they head off on November 24 to start the next chapter of their lives at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. I know you all know that watching giant pandas grow from tiny, helpless beings to adventurous cubs to handsome sub-adults is a journey full of precious milestones. While this is a bittersweet one, it’s a milestone too, and it’s one that should give us all great occasion for pride and hope.
 
We’ve known since these guys were born that they’d someday be leaving us to make their homes in China; this is actually true of the offspring of all giant pandas here in the U.S., not just at Zoo Atlanta. Because we become so invested in these animals’ lives and grow to love and appreciate them as we do, it’s easy for us to project human emotions onto their behaviors, feelings and motivations. When we do that, though, we potentially do this amazing species an unintended disservice. Unlike humans, which thrive on social interactions with others of our own species, giant pandas are solitary animals. With the exceptions of nursing cubs or breeding adults, they neither require nor seek companionship with other giant pandas. This means that at the ages of 5 and 3, Xi Lan and Po have both been ready for some time to start solitary lifestyles. The next natural step for them is to have the chance to interact with females and hopefully someday breed and become fathers themselves. So while this means a bittersweet goodbye for us, it’s a fantastic opportunity for them.
 
I’ve had many panda fans tell me that Xi Lan is a personal favorite of theirs. I’ve had others mention that Po was the cub who got them “hooked” on watching PandaCam. Having been here since the moments both were born, I share your feelings of warmth and pride in these two very special individuals.
 
Those of you who have followed us for a while know that this isn’t the first time we’ve said goodbye. Nearly four years ago, we bid bon voyage to Lun Lun’s and Yang Yang’s firstborn, Mei Lan, when he left for China. We still receive periodic updates on him from our colleagues at the Research Base, and I’ve had several panda fans tell me they’ve even had the opportunity to visit him in Chengdu. We can look forward to staying in touch with our friends in China about Xi Lan’s and Po’s progress as the Research Base gets ready to welcome two more members of our giant panda family.
 
Zoo Atlanta’s Deputy Director, Dwight Lawson, and I were in Chengdu last week for an international giant panda meeting. We talked with the Director and the Head Veterinarian of the Research Base about Xi Lan’s and Po’s arrival. They are looking forward to welcoming them to the Research Base. Mei Lan is a celebrity there and a staff favorite because he is a star pupil in training sessions. He is thriving at the Research Base, and I’m sure Xi Lan and Po will as well.  
 
Our colleagues in Chengdu are some of the world’s foremost experts in the care and study of giant pandas, and they’ve devoted their careers to specializing in the unique needs and behaviors of this species. Those of you who grew to admire the dedication, expertise and special attentions of Deng Tao, our colleague who helped us with Mei Lun and Mei Huan until very recently, can rest assured that the Research Base is staffed by a team full of Deng Taos. Having visited and studied at the facility many times myself, I can tell you that it’s an amazing place where Xi Lan and Po will be in the finest of hands.
 
Lun Lun, Yang Yang, and their offspring are part of a global effort to conserve giant pandas. I have been participating in giant panda meetings in China since 1997. At the meeting I attended last week, I was struck by the tremendous progress that has been made in giant panda research and conservation. In 1997, there were approximately 130 captive giant pandas, and the population was not self-sustaining. Now there are 376 giant pandas in captivity. The population is flourishing and is expected to increase to 500 in just two years. In 1997, there was very little research being conducted on wild giant pandas. This year’s conference was almost entirely focused on research and conservation involving the wild population. The protected area for giant pandas has significantly expanded in the last 15 years, and results of studies on wild pandas are being published in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals. The results of the fourth national census of the wild population will be released early next year. The expectation is that those results will show that the wild population is stable and is possibly increasing. A subadult male panda was reintroduced to the wild in fall 2012. He is being closely monitored, and so far he is doing well. Seven more captive born giant pandas will be reintroduced to the wild in 2014. In short, the giant panda program is a success and I am hopeful that giant pandas will survive for many generations to come, not just in zoos but also in the wild.
 
I hope those of you who are able will join us this Saturday, November 16, for special farewell activities for Xi Lan and Po. Please stop by Panda Veranda from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as we wish the boys well and prepare to send them off with all the best from their Zoo Atlanta family.
 
In the days to come, please join me in celebrating this important moment in Xi Lan’s and Po’s lives. It’s a moment I hope you’ll all observe with pride in their years with us. Lun Lun may have reared them, and our team may have provided them with care, food, enrichment and training, but your support has helped bring these guys to the point they’ve reached today. The giant pandas don’t belong to us, but our tremendous spirit of community and shared investment in their success certainly do, and that spirit is what sets the Zoo Atlanta family apart.
 
Meanwhile, we can now look forward to the next big steps in Xi Lan’s and Po’s baby brothers’ lives, as they graduate from the “nestbox phase” to the phase you all know is one of constant joy – times two.
 
With gratitude for all you continue to do to support the giant panda program at Zoo Atlanta,
 
Rebecca Snyder, PhD

Our "big boys" will be missed!


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 13, 2013, 05:28:54 PM
 :crying:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: birdofprey on November 13, 2013, 10:49:25 PM
Me too, hermit.  :crying:

on a happier note - DoxieMom's video of Lun being introduced to her double darlings.  :love:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paNs-kYtXfA&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 14, 2013, 02:36:13 AM
Thank you, BOP, and DoxieMom.  :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 14, 2013, 10:07:19 AM
Thanks BOP for bringing over DoxieMom's video  :flower

Lun is looking at them as if to say "how did this happen!? .... I've got TWO cubbies!"   :->

... the little ones were with her this morning .....

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.... she's looking to take a break  :mhihi:

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 14, 2013, 03:49:35 PM
We have another Cub Confidential Update ....

We sure hope you were watching PandaCam Wednesday morning!  Lun Lun and both cubs were put together for the very first time! As expected, Lun Lun reacted completely normally – as if she’d known the whole time she had two cubs. Whether Lun Lun was aware or not of her twin cubs, she went straight in to mama bear mode. She walked in the den and immediately took one cub to nurse and ever so gently rested her paw against the other while he was resting. While Lun Lun eats, Mei Lun and Mei Huan may snuggle together for a nap or wrestle and play with each other.  Having the family together on Panda Cam is such a sight to see! We can’t wait for the three of them to make their debut on exhibit – stay tuned for updates!

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Jen Webb, Keeper I, caught a few photos of Mei Huan being a curious cub. She has this to share with Cub Confidential:

“The other night, Mei Huan decided to test out his soon-to-be favorite food: bamboo. After nursing, he scooted/walked/shuffled around the den, entertaining himself while Lun Lun took a much-deserved nap. Bamboo was everywhere as Lun Lun had carried him into a den we had recently set up with fresh bamboo. Maybe he needed something to chew on since he's still teething, or maybe he just couldn't resist the natural urge, but he spent a good 15 to 20 minutes chewing on some of the bamboo that surrounded him. He didn't get very far at all. Aside from getting his saliva all over the bamboo, there wasn't a mark on it. But he definitely had a good time practicing his technique for when he grows up. After a while, the bamboo became boring, and he scooted back to mom!”


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Cubs always want to grow up so fast! Thank you for the update, Jen!

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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 14, 2013, 05:05:13 PM
Thanks, Chris.  :bigsmile:  Very cute pictures of Mei Huan with the bamboo.  :love:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 14, 2013, 05:06:09 PM
Thursday, November 14

 A lot of people ask me how we tell the cubs apart. At first glance they probably look identical, but once you start studying both cubs for a moment you start to notice small physical differences. These differences have changed a lot as the cubs have grown in just four months. At first, and for the longest time, Mei Lun was the smaller of the two cubs. He also had a thinner saddle across his back. But then the cubs started to grow, and more than once Mei Lun has been heavier than his brother. The saddles look pretty similar now as well, but for a short time Mei Huan's saddle actually looked thinner! It was probably all due to how their fur was growing in, but we quickly realized we needed to discover new ways to tell them apart.

From the moment their fur grew in, Mei Lun's black fur has always had a brownish hue to me. It is definitely lighter in color compared to his brother. This is very obvious when they're side by side. Mei Lun also has a longer muzzle, with a pointy head whereas Mei Huan has a rounder head and a shorter muzzle. Mei Lun's nose started to turn black sooner than Mei Huan's, which I thought was pretty interesting considering Mei Huan has always been a few days ahead of his brother developmentally. Currently, Mei Lun's nose is almost completely black while Mei Huan still has the pink racing stripe down the middle, but even that's starting to fade to black. Mei Huan's black eye patches also curl up at the end more than Mei Lun's do.

These are just a few of the characteristics the keepers and vets staff use to identify which cub they're looking at. But these are by no means concrete identifiers. As both cubs grow, so will their physical features, and pretty soon we're going to have to find a whole new way of identifying each cub. However, I'm pretty sure that Mei Lun will always have a slightly longer muzzle than his brother. Whether any of the other physical features change is the biggest mystery and one of the coolest parts of watching these munchkins grow up!

Jen W
Keeper I, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 15, 2013, 02:12:23 PM
Friday, November 15
 I am sure everyone saw on PandaCam that we gave both cubs to Lun Lun on Wednesday morning. Lun Lun handled the situation extremely well, as we predicted she would. Nothing has really changed except that we do not have a cub in the nursery! Lun Lun is caring for both cubs equally and as diligently as she was when she just had one at a time. Right now she still only cares for one cub at a time; we have not seen her nurse or hold both cubs at once. We are continuing to monitoring them closely and are making note of which cub she is caring for and what she is doing with him anytime she interacts with one of them. We are still weighing the cubs after they nurse to ensure they are continuing to gain weight. So far, the transition has gone very smoothly!
Heather R
Keeper III, Carnivores


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: PattiO on November 15, 2013, 09:14:08 PM
They are not going yet!!!!!  :)

Quote
China departure postponed for giant pandas Xi Lan and Po
November 15, 2013 at 3:26pm

After reviewing the results of pre-shipment physical examinations on giant pandas Xi Lan, 5, and Po, 3, the Zoo Atlanta Animal Management and Veterinary Teams, in consultation with colleagues at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, have made the decision to postpone the pandas' departure for China, previously scheduled for November 24, 2013.

Both giant pandas are healthy, but the journey to China will involve a lengthy trip and a period of transition in their new home. Once in China, the bears will acclimate themselves to a new habitat will adapt to a new diet, including the variety of unfamiliar bamboo species native to China. A temporary delay in Xi Lan's and Po's departure would allow the giant pandas to develop sufficient reserves to make this transition.

"We're excited about the opportunities Xi Lan and Po will have once they arrive in Chengdu, but we want to ensure that both are in optimal condition for travel and transition," said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. "Their welfare is paramount both to us and to our colleagues in China, who are are in agreement that a stay of a few more months is the right choice for the animals."

Pre-shipment physicals are an important part of the process for animals traveling from Zoo Atlanta to new homes. Routinely performed by the Veterinary Team on individuals scheduled to move to other facilities, these are comprehensive examinations that analyze an animal's total bill of health while ensuring that those preparing to travel will be able to adapt successfully to new circumstances and diets.

The farewell celebration planned for Saturday, November 16 will continue as scheduled. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Panda Veranda.

Xi Lan and Po are the second and third offspring of giant panda pair Lun Lun and Yang Yang. Lun Lun's youngest offspring, 4-month-old twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan, recently began living with their mother full-time and will soon be making their public debut in the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Giant Panda Conservation Center.

Stay tuned for updates on Xi Lan's and Po's revised departure date; updates will be provided as they are available.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 16, 2013, 03:14:25 AM
Thank you for that wonderful news, Patti.  :happy


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 16, 2013, 12:13:55 PM
Thanks Patti!  :flower

I had received that email update too .... I'm still not clear on exactly why they are holding them here ... but ..... I am NOT complaining :wink2: :thumbsup1:

 :bliss


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 18, 2013, 02:26:58 PM
Monday, November 18

Wild giant pandas live in mountainous areas in central China where the weather stays relatively cool and humid year-round (or at least much cooler than our weather here in Atlanta). Here at the Zoo, we try to mimic that climate as closely as possible, which means that the giant panda building is typically one of the coolest buildings on grounds.

For the last four months, we have kept the nursery side of the panda building warmer than normal to ensure that the cubs were warm enough. In the very beginning, the nursery was around 20°F hotter than the adult side of the building because the cubs initially lacked their thick fur coats and the ability to thermoregulate. As the cubs grew and developed into the fuzzy balls of fluff they are now, it became less of a necessity for us to regulate the building temperature. We have been gradually decreasing the nursery temperature back to "normal" (around 67°F) over the last couple of months to give the cubs time to acclimate to the climate that we maintain for all of our giant pandas. They have adjusted well to the cooler building temperature. Now when the keepers go to get fresh bamboo out of the cooler for Lun Lun, we don't notice a temperature difference between the two sides of the building anymore!

Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


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Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 18, 2013, 10:09:27 PM
What a precious photo  :heart0:  Thank you hermit :flower


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 19, 2013, 02:31:29 PM
Tuesday, November 19
 We have mentioned in previous updates that we are able to identify the cubs when we weigh them and perform vet checks, but recently it has become a little more challenging to identify the cubs from the live feed we watch from our office in the panda building. It is important for us to know who is who so that we can continue to track which cub is nursing and when, among other things. So last night, we trimmed a small patch of fur on Mei Lun's shoulder to help us more easily identify the cubs from a distance. Keeper Jen W. said that Mei Lun did fantastic during his "hair cut." We will still use our other methods of identifying the cubs too since they won't always be in a position for us to be able to see their shoulders, but this will make remotely identifying them easier.
Jennifer A.
Keeper I, Mammals


I thought I noticed something different when I was watching early this morning.


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 19, 2013, 04:15:00 PM
Oh my! ... a shoulder haircut .... hmmmm .... at least I won't feel bad for mot being able to keep them straight  :mhihi:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: hermit on November 19, 2013, 05:31:18 PM
One of the cubs pulled out some of the wood wool that is stuffed around the scale.  It was like catnip to him!  He rolled all around playing with it.  A couple of weeks ago, Lun Lun went crazy playing with it.  I wonder what makes it so interesting.  :?:  They said it has no scent.  Maybe humans can't smell it but pandas can.  :puzzled2:


Title: Re: Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Post by: nightengale on November 19, 2013, 06:50:36 PM
I bet you are right hermit :nod2: