Panda triplet family reunion after 134 days

The 29th of July 2014, the world’s only surviving panda triplets were born. For the first 134 days of life, the baby pandas were partly raised by keepers, since the mother could only care for one of the babies at a time. For two weeks, the mother started handling two of the babies simultaneously, and in the beginning of December all three triplets and the mother was finally reunited. Watch the mother hugging two of her cute babies, and letting the third one continue to sleep a little longer:-).

Cozy Friday and iFetch

Relaxin’ and snacksin’ in front of the telly – thank god it’s Friday!

 

The best invention in years when it comes to dog toys – must be this one. Here’s some dog happiness!

 

And looking into the huge youtube panda goodie bag, this is a picopanda favourite – THE PANDA SLIDE

 

 

Panda faked pregnancy to get more buns and bamboo?

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photo by Chen Wu, Creative Commons

Giant pandas seem to be slightly sneakier than I thought. According to Xinhua, the panda Ai Hin, 6, was supposed to be the star in the first ever live broadcast of a panda birth. However, it has now been discovered that she has potentially faked her pregnancy. Apparently, phantom pregnancies are common among giant pandas, because hormonal changes can lead to prenatal behaviors. And sometimes when pandas notice the difference in treatment after showing initial signs of pregnancy, they may carry on with the pregnant behavior.

“After showing prenatal signs, the ‘mothers-to-be’ are moved into single rooms with air conditioning and around-the-clock care,” Wu Kongju, an expert at the Chengdu base, is quoted as saying. 

“They also receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some clever pandas have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life”.

Ai Hin showed signs of pregnancy in July, which included being less mobile, reduced appetite and an increase in progestational hormone, but after a two-month observation she started acting normal again, according to Xinhua.

So, bad news for the world that the pregnancy was fake, but well played by Ai Hin who has been living the good life this summer.

Four cute helpers and panda triplets

After a long silence – mostly doing science and trying to properly relax when not working – picopanda is back, a lot thanks to four cute cuteness helpers. So, thank you to Jim, Pelle, Randy and Paola!

One of my favourite baby goat videos right now is one of little Buttermilk jumping around among her more relaxed friends. Make sure to watch the whole video, not to miss when she’s using one of the other goats as a springboard :-):

 

Another video which has been widely shared the last couple of days is one of a dog seemingly trying to save some fish by splashing them with water using his nose! It is really heart-warming to see and I wonder if he’s not hurting his nose…At the same time there has been many people commenting this video, saying that the dog is not at all trying to save the fish, but instead he wants to “bury” them in water to save the food for later…To me, it even looks like he’s checking if the water he splashes helps the fish, but I am not so familiar with dog rituals. What do others say about this??

 

Going from dogs back to baby pandas, the 29th of July was a big panda day – panda triplets were born at a Chinese zoo! They weighed only between 83 and 124 grams at birth.

In a guardian article an official at the Sichuan Wolong national nature reserve, considered the foremost authority on pandas, said that the trio were too young to be officially recognised as surviving, but that they were the only known panda triplets alive. It is stated that they can only be considered surviving once they reach six months. Let’s really hope that they will make it! 

 

 

 

picopanda is born!

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baby pandas are blind, tiny & supercute at birth, weighing only about 140 grams, but later transforming into big giant pandas of about thousand times their baby weight.

A beginning of a new year is the perfect time to leave the domain parking lot (for a domain hoarder like me) and start sharing stuff. The focus for this little panda page will be to share cute photos and any type of positive news stories. As many others, I love googling cute animal pictures and I use them as my stress reduction drug. It is amazing how fast some persistent anxious thoughts can be washed away by looking at a newly born minituare goat, a kitten cuddling with ferrets, or more baby pandas:

baby panda photo by flickr.com/photos/joelrivlin

baby panda photo by flickr.com/photos/joelrivlin

 

photo by flickr.com/photos/kjdrill

photo by flickr.com/photos/kjdrill

See you later!