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57 views23rd April is the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare. Having been spurned by Tian Tian, his prospective pandamour, Yang Guang, has decided to audition for the Royal Shakesbeare Company’s production of Hamlet to help him get over his despair. However, whether the world’s quite ready for such a black and white interpretation of the Beard of Avon’s tragic hero remains to be seen!
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35 viewsAs the world waits to see if the birth of the United Kingdom's first panda cub is about to become a reality, I thought I'd share with you my favourite photo of Tai Shan, the Smithsonian National Zoo's first panda cub, taken on the day he made his public debut in 2005.
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39 viewsAccording to Chinese tradition, giant pandas are named on their 100 day. And so, at a ceremony held today (1st December) at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to celebrate their panda cub’s first 100 days of life, it was announced that her name was Bao Bao!

Bao Bao, which means ‘treasure’ or ‘precious’ in English, was one of five Mandarin Chinese names offered for a public online vote in which more than 100,000 people took part. The incredibly cute baby panda, who is expected to remain in Washington for four years before going to live at Wolong, will make her public debut in January 2014. I can’t wait to see her!
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45 viewsYang Guang, Edinburgh Zoo’s gorgeous male panda, celebrates his 10th birthday on 14th August. He was born in Mongolia and, in March 2011, in preparation for his journey to Scotland, he joined Tian Tian (Edinburgh’s female panda) at the Bifengxia Panda Base, near the town of Ya’An, a beautiful part of China surrounded by mountains, rivers, green plants and colourful flowers.
Last year, Yang was given all sorts of treats for his birthday, including bamboo boxes flavoured with his favourite honey and a cake in the shape of a panda’s head.

However, while he immediately tucked into the bamboo with great relish, (after all, a panda can never have enough bamboo!), Yang wasn’t particularly interested in his birthday cake, made from healthy panda-friendly ingredients, (perhaps what he really wanted was a chocolate one with icing and candles!), though I’m quite sure that he eventually demolished it later in the day.

I'm really looking forward to finding out what surprises Yang Guang’s keepers have in store for his tenth birthday when Yang, and not Tian Tian, will be the centre of attention for a change.
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44 viewsWith Chelsea Flower Show celebrating its 100th anniversary this week, Yang Guang has been puzzling over humans' obsession with flowers. Like most pandas, he'd much rather have bamboo from Amsterdam than tulips!
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28 viewsEach year, the people of Washington DC celebrate the arrival of spring with the Cherry Blossom Festival, so it's only natural that the city's pandas join in the celebrations, too!
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29 viewsAs the canine world waits eagerly to discover which breed will be crowned Best in Show at Crufts, could this strange new breed - the pandog - be in with a chance!
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