Monday, July 11, 2005

Panda Baby Webcam

Animal Planet's website has a live web cam of the panda babies that were born last weekend. This web cam includes sound!

When I turned it on I heard a weird squeaking and thought it was something in my house but it was a hungry panda baby and when I checked the web cam screen, I saw the mama had put baby to nurse and then she went back to sleep.

This is a fun thing to share with your children.

Information paraphrased from Animal Planet's website:
These are giant pandas(Ailuropoda melanoleuca) and this is a LIVE webcam of them at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Tian Tian, (pronounced t-YEN t-YEN) which means "more and more" is the male and the larger of the two. Mei Xiang, (pronounced may-SHONG) which means "beautiful fragrance" is the female and the youngest. You are most likely to see the bears eating bamboo or sleeping. But they are also notoriously playful, so you may also see them chase, bite and cuff one another.

The pandas are on loan to the zoo, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution, for ten years. During that time zoo scientists will study the bears as part of the international conservation effort to save this endangered species.

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