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201 viewsTian Tian and Mei Xiang wanted to do something on 1st May to celebrate the arrival of spring, but neither of them fancied getting up at dawn to wash their faces in the May dew, as that would mean less sleep, or maypole dancing, as that would mean exerting themselves! They settled, instead, on being crowned King and Queen of the May and I think you’ll agree that they make a regal-looking pair!
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On Mother's Day, With Love163 viewsThis year, Mother's Day was a very special one for the Smithsonian's National Zoo as their female panda, Mei Xiang, celebrated it with her seven-month old cub, Bao Bao. I was in Washington in February to see this newest addition to America's First Panda Family and, if anything, she's even cuter than she looks in this photo. I think you'll agree there's no better way to tell your mom you love her than with a rose and a great big kiss!
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Keep Fit Panda163 viewsAs Yang Guang was feeling a little out of shape, he decided to join a keep fit class. After only a few weeks, he can now do a very passable handstand which I hope will be good enough to impress Tian Tian!
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158 viewsMale pandas, whether living in the wild or in captivity, aren't involved in the care of their cubs nor do they even get to meet them. The only exception is the male in this happy family group who appears to realise the significance of what's being recorded for posterity in this portrait specially commissioned for Father's Day!
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154 viewsTraditionally, the first of May is the day we're supposed to rise at dawn to wash our faces in the May dew. This is because people used to believe that the dew had magical properties and so anyone who washed in it would have a beautiful complexion for the rest of the year! (Nowadays, most people simply use one of the myriads of potions on offer to keep their skin looking good or may even resort to the more drastic option of Botox!) However, this little panda, who's delighted to have been crowned Queen of the May, can have a long lie on this special day as she couldn't look any cuter or more beautiful if she tried!
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153 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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152 viewsOn 2nd June 1953, a day described by Winston Churchill as ‘happy and glorious’, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey. Although meteorologists had forecast warm and sunny weather, the day dawned grey and wet, however nothing could dampen the spirits of the 30,000 people who had braved the elements by camping overnight in The Mall to stake their claim to the best vantage points. There was further cause for celebration that morning when the news broke that Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing had become the first men to conquer Mount Everest – the one Coronation gift that money couldn’t buy.
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