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The Panda bear cubs Meng Xiang (nickname Piet), right, and Meng Yuan (nickname Paule), left, are climb in their enclosure during their first birthday in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Berlin zoo's twin panda cubs celebrate 1st birthday

Aug. 31, 2020 6:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin zoo's popular twin panda cubs have celebrated their first birthday with a special frozen cake and a portion of snow from the penguin house. Pit and Paule — Chinese names Meng Xiang und Meng Yuan — were the first pandas to be born in Germany and have become a star...

In this image from video provided by the Smithsonian National Zoo, Mei Xiang is seen after giving birth to a Giant Panda cub Friday evening, Aug. 21, 2020, in Washington. The cub is Mei Xiang's fourth. Her first three offspring, Tai Shan, Bao Bao and Bei Bei, were transported to China at age 4 under an agreement with the Chinese government. (Smithsonian National Zoo via AP)

'The whole world celebrates' on-camera birth of panda cub

Aug. 22, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A brand new giant panda cub is sparking pandemic-fueled panda-mania, and officials at the National Zoo said traffic on their livestream spiked 1,200% over the past week. “I'm pretty sure we broke the Internet last night,” National Zoo Director Steve Monfort said Saturday. ...

In this image from video provided by the Smithsonian National Zoo, Mei Xiang is seen after giving birth to a Giant Panda cub Friday evening, Aug. 21, 2020, in Washington. The cub is Mei Xiang's fourth. Her first three offspring, Tai Shan, Bao Bao and Bei Bei, were transported to China at age 4 under an agreement with the Chinese government. (Smithsonian National Zoo via AP)

Birth of panda cub provides 'much-needed moment of pure joy'

Aug. 21, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delivering a “much-needed moment of pure joy,” the National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a wiggling cub Friday at a time of global pandemic and social unrest. An experienced mom, “Mei Xiang picked the cub up immediately and began cradling and caring for...

Baby panda born at the National Zoo; mom cradling cub

Aug. 21, 2020 6:53 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Baby panda born at the National Zoo; mom cradling cub.
In this image from video, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)

5 Things to Know Today

Aug. 18, 2020 6:00 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. DEMOCRATS CLOSER TO NOMINATION Potential first lady Jill Biden and Bill Clinton will be the main speakers during the second day of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention. 2. POSTAL SERVICE IN FOCUS...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, The Smithsonian National Zoo's Giant Panda Mei Ziang,  sleeps in the indoor habitat at the zoo in Washington. Zookeepers at Washington’s National Zoo are on baby watch after concluding that venerable giant panda matriarch Mei Ziang is pregnant and could give birth this week. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

National Zoo awaits birth of pandemic panda cub

Aug. 18, 2020 3:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Zookeepers at Washington’s National Zoo are on furry black-and-white baby watch after concluding that venerable giant panda matriarch Mei Xiang is pregnant and could give birth this week. It’s a welcome bit of good news amid a pandemic that kept the zoo shuttered for months....