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The Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed a new baby panda bear on August 21, but until now the zoo’s biologists did not know whether that little ball of fur is a boy or a girl. In a gender reveal video released earlier this week we learned it is a boy! The baby is doing great — growing, crawling, and squawking and squeaking all the time. You can watch an adorable video of him shot just three days ago by clicking here. Male and female babies look the same at this age so it was not possible to tell until now. The zoo’s vets did an exam of him back in mid-September and they were able to get a DNA sample, and that is how they determined the gender. His eyes are starting to open and the zoo is pleased that he is doing well. You can keep up with his progress here, and watch him live here.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Sharks have killed seven people in Australia in 2020, the most since 1934, and scientists believe climate change might be responsible. According to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia, for the past 50 years, the average number of yearly shark attack fatalities was one. Despite the total number of shark […]
Human activity has nearly doubled the rate of natural disasters in the last quarter-century. And as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) explained in a new report out this week: While many natural disasters cause great financial hardship and can tragically result in loss of human life, animals are often overlooked in the chaos. […]
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