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There was a big surprise from the
National Zoo on Friday. When the first ladies of the U.S. and China visited Mei Xiang’s 1-month-old panda cub, they chose his name. Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan selected the name Bei Bei, which means “precious treasure” and is pronounced Bay-Bay, for the nearly 3-pound cub. It’s considered a complement to his 2-year-old big sister, Bao Bao. U.S. zoos usually wait until panda cubs are 100 days old to name them, in keeping with an ancient Chinese tradition where parents would wait 100 days to name their children. But most Chinese parents no longer wait to name their children, and Chinese panda breeding centers don’t wait to name their cubs. The
zoo decided to forego the tradition in this case to give the first ladies this honor. Bei Bei was the suggestion of panda keepers from Woolong, China. National
Zoo keepers had submitted the name Ping Ping, which means “peaceful and calm.” The baby panda is “doing great,” said zoo director Dennis Kelly. “In fact, it’s bigger than our other two cubs were at this stage. A big, fat cub. That’s what we want.” — Read it at the
After outrage emerged on social media over pictures of thousands of tourists taking selfies with sea turtles trying to nest on a beach in Costa Rica, the local government and law enforcement have stepped in to help. The government shut down four of the six entrances to the beach, and only small tour groups with special wristbands are allowed onto the beach to see the estimated 100,000 olive ridley sea turtles nesting there. — Read it at
The New York Times
More than 300
cats took part in the International Cat Show in Romania over the weekend. From sleek
Singapuras to giant
Maine Coons and hairless
Sphynx cats, the felines were judged on their beauty at the show in Bucharest on Saturday and Sunday. While dozens of
cat breeds were shown, people in attendance were also encouraged to support animal shelters, and
shelter cats were available for adoption. — See photos at
A fluffy little black kitten who’s recovering at the Wisconsin
Humane Society is alive thanks to a group of children who found him in a
paper bag on Sept. 7. An adult passing by called the police, who picked up the
kitten and brought him to the Humane Society. The shelter named the kitten
Miracle because it was amazing that he survived. Sadly, two of his siblings
didn’t make it. “He is a strong-willed little
kitten,” said the shelter spokeswoman Angela Speed. Now 5 weeks old, Miracle is
in foster care. He won’t be ready for adoption until he’s at least 8 weeks and
weighs 1.2 pounds. — Read it at Wisconsin’s Racine
Cedar Wright and Alex Honnald were on the
second leg of an 800-mile bike ride through the Southwest that they call
Sufferfest when they found someone who was suffering even more: a ridiculously
cute, abandoned puppy. They fed the pup, who they named Sufferpup, and decided
to take him with them. “For me, it was like ‘thank goodness for Sufferpup,’ because
when you’re just pushing yourself to your absolute limit ... it’s really
heartening at the end of the day to come down and have this adorable little
puppy to cuddle with,” wrote Wright said in a National
Geographic’s Explorers Journal. The little puppy who looked like a
teddy bear went to live with a family in Boulder, Colorado, once the pair
finished their trek — and he’s now fully grown. — Read it from AKC
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