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Old 08-24-2007, 07:03 AM   #16
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He is out all day now, and is doing quite well as far as I know.
meegannie has some recent pictures of him in her photobucket. She posted a link on the fifth page of the "INTERFERENCERS Photos Consolidated XXII" thread.

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Thanks for the information, VincentV

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We have a new lion cub in Belfast zoo! Here's the story:

One of the world's rarest big cats is returning to Belfast Zoo after being hand reared by a keeper.

Baby Barbary lion Lily was rescued from her zoo enclosure in June after she was rejected by her mother Fidda at birth, and reared by keeper Linda Frew in her home.

Baby Barbary Lion Lily, who's now back with the lions in Belfast Zoo

A second lion cub born in the litter wasn't so lucky. It was killed by its mother - but Lily escaped with only a few scratches after keepers stepped in and removed her from the lion enclosure.

The pair of cubs were the first Barbary lions ever born in Ireland - to the delight of staff at the zoo.

The sub-species is extinct in the wild and only around 40 animals remain in the European captive population, cared for by 12 zoos across the world.

At birth Lily weighed 1.4 kilos and was 37cm in length, just longer than a standard ruler. Lily's birth expands the Barbary lion group at Belfast Zoo to four.

In the crucial weeks after birth, Lily was cared for round the clock by keeper Linda Frew, who endured countless sleepless nights to feed the tiny cub every two hours.

"Fidda had two lion cubs and she rejected both. She killed one and we were able to get Lily out before she harmed her," she said.

"It is quite usual with the first litter. Even in the wild that would happen, but at least we managed to save this one."

Lily was fed 20ml of milk every two hours and progressed to 40ml within just two weeks. She was weaned onto solid food at six weeks, when she consumed a pound of mince every other day.

"For the first six weeks she stayed in our bedroom. Then we moved her into the conservatory with a baby monitor and a heat lamp to keep her warm. At nine weeks we brought her back to the zoo," Linda said

" She's a lovely wee thing but you have to remember she's a lion - all of a sudden you could feel the strength coming in, the muscles starting to develop and the scratches were starting to break the skin."

Lily brought a new companion back to the zoo with her - Keepa, a Japanese Akita dog, who will help her grow up with animal traits and behaviours and not those of her foster mother.

"He will be there until the stage when she's bigger than him. At the moment he's getting the upper hand but when she starts getting the upper hand, within six months to a year, he'll come back to me," Linda said.

"It seems to be working quite well. She's starting to behave more like a lion and she's starting to get more aggressive, which is what you want."

Lily has yet to go on public display at the zoo but visitors will be able to see her from mid- September.

Lily will be the star of two forthcoming TV programmes, the first of which, Living with Lily, airs on UTV at 8pm on Monday.

The second programme will be shown on the Discovery channel, probably in early 2008.

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You can't do that he's a live bear, he will literally rip your face off.
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Aaaah that is so exciting. I love the Tiergarten, and especially the pandas. They are such amazing animals.

Though the polar bears there look so sad in the summer months.
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Old 08-29-2007, 02:42 PM   #21
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There was a TV documentary about panda babies earlier this week, it showed some footage about the new baby in Vienna zoo (however, there are no really new pictures because the baby is still hidden by the mother) and some very interesting (and verrry cute) stuff about a panda center in China, where also our "Viennese" pandas came from and where the little one will return in about 3 years.

The little newborn panda is still blind and naked and can do nothing on it's own, not even pee! They also said that there was a second panda baby, but they found it dead in the den, it was born too early and was too small to survive. I hadn't known that panda twins are usually a problem, because the mother tends to take on only one of the babies and rejects the other. In the film they showed how, in China, the zoo's medical team tried to help a panda twin pair to survive by raising it together with the mother for the first weeks. In the end, it was really touching how, after several failed attempts, they finally managed to unite both panda babies with the mother, who took them on eventually.
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Our little panda has been out of the den with its mother for the first time today. The black and white fur is already beginning to show, but it is still very little (about 30 cm). There is no name yet for the baby and they still don't know the little one's gender.

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That is the cutest fucking thing I have seen all day x 1000
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[B]We have a new lion cub in Belfast zoo! Here's the story:
Did you see the latest picture of her?

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There's a new cub at the San Diego Zoo as well ...


Panda Cub Born at San Diego Zoo Is Girl
By Associated Press
3 hours ago

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Zoo's newest panda cub is a girl.

Zoo veterinarians said they determined the 6-week-old panda's sex after conducting a recent exam.

"She is developing right along schedule," zoo spokeswoman Meg Sutherland-Smith said.

The cub is the fourth giant panda born at the zoo, all of them to 16-year-old Bai Yun. The father, Gao Gao, also fathered her two previous cubs.

Following Chinese tradition, the panda cub will receive a name after she is 100 days old.

Only about 1,600 giant pandas remain in the wild, and fewer than 180 live in captivity.
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Wow, San Diego zoo is great!

Here's the latest from our little one:

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San Diego panda cub "cries" during vet exam


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