My Pandas

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On Mother's Day with love150 viewsThis year, Mei Xiang, the Smithsonian National Zoo's female panda, will have a double cause for celebration on Mother's Day as Bao Bao, aged 2, will have Bei Bei, her six months old baby brother to help her spoil their Mom. I was lucky enough to be in Washington a few weeks ago and was enchanted by the antics of all four pandas. Anyone who thinks panda are boring should take a trip to DC!
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THE QUEEN'S ACCESSION TO THE THRONE149 views
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THE TRADITIONAL BALCONY APPEARANCE AFTER THE CORONATION149 views
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149 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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149 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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148 viewsAs we wait anxiously to see if love is in the air for Edinburgh Zoo's Yang Guang and Tian Tian, another Tian Tian, on holiday from Washington, has decided to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, now one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Launched by Her Majesty the Queen on 16th April 1953, for nearly 45 years, the vessel carried various members of the Royal Family to every corner of the world, travelling more than a million nautical miles in the process. The Queen described the floating royal residence as ‘the one place I can truly relax’ and the only time she has publically shed a tear was when she disembarked for the last time in December 1997 when the ship was decommissioned.
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148 viewsIt’s not just the people of Britain who are celebrating Andy Murray’s epic display of resilience, perseverance and determination to become the first British man to win the Wimbledon crown for 77 years, it seems that several Americans are celebrating, too. One of Andy’s greatest admirers is John McEnroe, the often controversial tennis player who, during his career, won seven Grand Slam singles titles - three at Wimbledon and four at the US Open. He predicts that Andy will win at least four more Grand Slams.

Washington’s pandas, Tian Tian and Mei Xiang, who became Andy fans after watching him win the US Open last September, are saluting his wonderful achievement with a spectacular firework display and, as you’ll see, have even managed to persuade President Obama to fly the Union Jack instead of the Stars and Stripes over the White House in Andy's honour!
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Andy Murray returns to Dunblane as Olympic and US Open champion147 views
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146 viewsThe Snowman and the Snowdog
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146 viewsAlthough Washington's pandas, Tian Tian and Mei Xiang, are, of course, Chinese citizens, they always like to join in the celebrations on the fourth of July, the anniversary of the day in 1776 when their adopted country, America, became independent from Great Britain. This year, Tian and Mei have secured a great position right in front of the White House to watch the parade as it makes its way along Constitution Avenue and then the spectacular fireworks display, the highlight of the day's celebrations.

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146 viewsIt was on 22nd July 1913 that Edinburgh Zoo first opened its gates to the public. The zoo was the vision of Edinburgh lawyer Thomas Gillespie who had founded the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) four years earlier, its objective ‘to advance the study of zoology and foster and develop among people an interest in and knowledge of animal life’.

Edinburgh Zoo has come a very long way since the animal-loving lawyer had the vision of filling a park around a stately home with all kinds of exotic animals from every corner of the world. This year is an opportunity for us to look back at what has been achieved in the last hundred years and to look forward to what the future holds for the zoo in the next hundred. Happy birthday, Edinburgh Zoo!

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