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November 23, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

El Zoológico Nacional Revela el Nombre del Panda Bebé

El Zoológico Nacional Smithsonian anunció el lunes que su cachorro panda de tres meses tiene un nombre: Xiao Qi Ji. Pronunciado SHIAU-chi-ji, el nombre chino mandarín significa “pequeño milagro” en inglés, según el zoológico. Casi 135.000 personas votaron por un nombre durante el período de cinco días entre el 16 y el 20 de noviembre. […]

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November 23, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

National Zoo Announces Baby Giant Panda’s Name

The Smithsonian National Zoo announced Monday that its three-month-old giant panda cub has a name: Xiao Qi Ji. Pronounced SHIAU-chi-ji, the Mandarin Chinese name means “little miracle” in English, according to the zoo. Almost 135,000 people voted on a name during the five-day window between Nov. 16-20. The other contenders were: Fu Zai (福仔): prosperous […]

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October 23, 2020 | Nicolle Schorchit

Cuteness Overload: National Zoo’s Panda Cub Undergoes Second Vet Exam

The newest giant panda cub at the Smithsonian National Zoo had his second veterinarian exam on Oct. 21. He’s a picture-perfect of panda health and has gained a little weight. From the tip of his nose to the base of his tail, the cub remained steady from last week’s measurement of 16.5 inches. His abdominal […]

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August 31, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know Today, Aug. 31, in Montgomery County

It’s Monday, Aug. 31, and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Back to School: Montgomery County Public Schools welcome back students virtually today for the first day of the new school year. Check out our back to school stories, here. 2. COVID-19 Testing: Montgomery County is holding three free testing clinics today, […]

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February 1, 2017 | Staff Writer

UPDATED: Bobcat Found on Zoo Property (PHOTO & VIDEO)

UPDATED 2.1.17 Officials at the National Zoo report that Ollie the bobcat, who escaped her enclosure earlier this week, has been located on zoo property. She was found near the Zoo’s bird house, and zookeepers are thrilled to have her back. Female bobcat Ollie found on Zoo property. Facebook Live broadcast @ 5pm press con […]

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August 22, 2016 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know Today, Aug. 22, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, Aug. 22nd, in Montgomery County: 1. School starts in just one week for more than 159,000 MCPS students. The school district still needs donations to provide students in need with backpacks and school supplies. 2. Officials announced Friday natural gas was the cause of the Flower Branch Apartment […]

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August 23, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Twin Panda Cubs Born at National Zoo (VIDEOS)

It’s the talk of the town: twin Panda cubs! Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to twin panda cubs at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Aug. 22. The first giant panda cub was born at 5:34 p.m. and the second giant panda cub was born at 10:07 p.m. on Saturday night. “All of us are […]

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November 6, 2013 | Staff Writer

Help the Zoo Name the Panda Cub

The Smithsonian National Zoo panda cub born Aug. 23 needs a name. Chinese tradition celebrates the name of a new life on the 100th day. The Zoo is asking anyone interested to cast their vote to choose the cub’s name. Visit the Smithsonian’s Name the Panda Cub webpage to cast your vote. The winning name […]

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October 17, 2013 | Staff Writer

Panda Video (Photo & Video)

The National Zoo won’t open its doors to the public until Oct. 18 but the Pandacam, a 24-hour camera focused on the most popular residents of the National Zoo, is now live after being turned off during the government’s shutdown. Zoo officials have also released a new video of their Panda cub. Take a look: […]

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September 23, 2012 | Staff Writer

Panda Cub Dies at National Zoo

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo community is mourning the loss of the giant panda cub born just one week ago on Sunday, Sept. 16. According to a press release, panda keepers and volunteers heard a distress vocalization from the mother, Mei Xiang, at 9:17 a.m. today and notified the veterinarian staff immediately. According to the press […]

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