Pet Scoop: Time to Elect a Name for Panda Cub, Queen’s Corgi Breed May Be “Vulnerable”

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The National Zoo is asking for the public's vote to name its 2-month-old panda cub.
National Zoo
The National Zoo is asking for the public's vote to name its 2-month-old panda cub.

Cast Your Vote for Cub’s Name

Election Day may be over, but your vote is still needed here: the National Zoo is asking the public to choose a name for its 2-month-old female giant panda cub. From now until Nov. 22, voters can choose from five Mandarin Chinese names for the bear. The winning name will be revealed at a ceremony on Dec. 1, when the cub turns 100 days old. It’s Chinese tradition to celebrate when a baby reaches 100 days. The names include Bao Bao (bow-BOW), which means precious, treasure; Ling Hua (ling-HWA), meaning darling, delicate flower; Long Yun (long-YOON), long is the Chinese symbol of the dragon, yun means charming, and the combination represents a sign of luck for panda cooperation between China and the U.S.; Mulan (moo-LAHN), for a legendary young woman, a smart and brave Chinese warrior from the fifth century, and it also means magnolia flower; and Zhen Bao (jen-BAO), which means treasure, valuable. — Cast your vote at Smithsonian.com

Pronghorn Adapt to Highway Overpasses

Scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society say pronghorn showed no hesitation during the second season that they’ve used wildlife passages built to help them safely cross U.S. Highway 191 in Wyoming during their annual 93-mile migration. The two overpasses and six underpasses were built in 2012 to help the animals through the most dangerous 13-mile stretch of their travels, where they have to cross the highway. "While it was great to see pronghorn first using the overpass last year, it was clear that the fences and structures were confusing to them,” said the WCS’s Jeff Burrell. “This year, groups numbering from one to two hundred moved along a new route directly to, and over, the overpass with no delays, demonstrating their comfort with the overpass and the structure’s conservation value.” — Read it at Live Science

Queen’s Corgi Breed Put on Breed Watch List

The royals may be popular in England, but at the moment, Queen Elizabeth II’s favored dog breed is not. In fact, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi may be deemed a “vulnerable” native breed for the first time ever by Britain’s Kennel Club. So far this year, only 239 of the dogs have been registered with the club. At this point, the club doesn’t expect to pass the 300 registrations required to keep the dog off the list of vulnerable breeds. The queen is often photographed with her Corgis, but the Kennel Club says smaller dogs, like the French Bulldog, are taking over in popularity in Britain. — Read it at Today

A pygmy slow loris was born at the Akron Zoo in August.
A pygmy slow loris was born at the Akron Zoo in August.

Pygmy Slow Loris Born in Ohio

The rare primate was born at the Akron Zoo on Aug. 21 to first-time mom Casey, weighing just 21 grams. The baby pygmy slow loris is the second offspring for dad Frank. The zoo’s veterinary staff says the baby is thriving and now weighs 185 grams, or 6.5 ounces. Full-sized adults weigh between 7 and 14 ounces, and are named in part for their slow, sloth-like movements. The vulnerable species is native to Vietnam, Laos, China, Thailand, and Cambodia. — Read it at Ohio’s Akron News Now

Cams Live-Stream Polar Bear Migration

Cameras live streaming from Churchill, Canada, have been set up to document the migration this month of about 1,000 polar bears headed to the Hudson Bay. There, the bears will wait for the formation of sea ice to travel on in search of seals. The Hudson Bay population is the southernmost polar bear population in the world, and the most threatened by inconsistent sea ice formation. The bears have been forced to stay on land during ice-free days, “and they aren’t dieting intentionally,” said Polar Bears International scientist Steven Armstrup. He said the declining ice has kept the bears on land one extra day each year. — Read it at the Huffington Post

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