Pet Scoop: 5 Possible Panda Names Revealed, Shutdown Threatens Dolphin Research

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Zoo Atlanta will let the public vote on five sets of names for its panda cubs.
Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta will let the public vote on five sets of names for its panda cubs.

Name Those Baby Pandas

This month, the Zoo Atlanta pandas cubs will turn 100 days old. In Chinese tradition, that’s when their births are celebrated, and they get their names! On Thursday, the zoo revealed the five pairs of names that it’s selected for the fluffy baby boys, who are the first set of panda twins born in the U.S. to survive. They’ll be putting the names to a public vote through ABC’s Good Morning America beginning on Wednesday. The choices include: Mei Lun (may loon) and Mei Hua (may hwaa), meaning “Lun Lun’s twin cubs born in the U.S.;” Mei Lun (may loon) and Mei Huan (may hwaan), from a Chinese idiom that means “something indescribably beautiful and magnificent;” 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;” Lan Tian (lan tee-an) and Bi Shui (bee shway), meaning “blue sky and clear water;” and Da Lan (dah lan) and Xiao Lan (sheow lan), meaning “bigger one” (a reference to the larger Cub B) and “smaller one” (Cub A). — Watch it at Good Morning America and follow the zoo on Facebook or Twitter to get voting details

Shutdown Slows Dolphin Investigation

With an “unusual mortality event” on track to kill a record number of bottlenose dolphins on the East Coast, the government shutdown is threatening to stall research on what’s been killing the animals. So far, 600 dolphins have died. In 1987 and 1988, 700 bottlenoses were lost in the last major dolphin die-off. "If this [shutdown] runs into weeks and longer, we're talking about significant impacts to our ability to investigate this mortality event," said Mark Swingle, director of research and conservation at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. The researchers have been left without enough scientists to study all of the deceased dolphins because of the shutdown. — Read it at NBC News

Canine Circovirus May Have Struck in Michigan

Veterinarians at a clinic in Ann Arbor say they believe at least four dogs that they’ve treated in recent months died after contracting canine circovirus. The disease was suspected in the deaths of several dogs in Ohio in August and September. Dogs that show symptoms including significant lethargy, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhea and should be taken to a veterinarian immediately. — Read it at the Detroit Free Press and read Vetstreet’s circovirus coverage

Three Malayan tiger cubs appear in the premiere of "The Wildlife Docs."
Busch Gardens
Three Malayan tiger cubs appear in the premiere of "The Wildlife Docs."

Cubs Star in “The Wildlife Docs”

The premiere of the new ABC series features the birth of three Malayan tiger cubs at Busch Gardens Tampa. The show takes viewers behind the scenes with the team of veterinarians, technicians and trainers who take care of the 12,000 animals at Busch Gardens and its sister park, SeaWorld. The SeaWorld rescue team stars in another show that returns for its third season this weekend on ABC, Sea Rescue With Sam Champion. On the show’s season premiere, the team comes to the aid of a Florida sea turtle and a baby dolphin entangled in fishing gear in Texas.

October Is Adopt-a-Dog Month

Each year, there are 3 to 4 million dogs sitting in shelters, hoping to find a forever home. This month, the American Humane Association has its annual Adopt-a-Dog Month. In addition to highlighting all the great reasons to save a life by rescuing a dog, the group is asking supporters to sign an online pledge, promising to make a shelter or rescue their first choice when looking for a new canine companion.


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