Dec 1, 2013 — The cub is 100 days old today, which is when pandas are traditionally given a name. The name Bao Bao, which means precious or treasure, was chosen by the masses, who picked between five names.
Nov 14, 2013 — NPR ran five stores on the giant pandas in Washington's National Zoo during its coverage of last month's government shutdown. It then ran a sixth story on them last week. What gives? Does anyone in the rest of the country really care about the capital's pandas? An NPR editor responds.
Nov 6, 2013 — The Smithsonian's National Zoo has proposed five possible names for the female cub born this summer. Voting is already underway.
Oct 17, 2013 — Since the shutdown, the eight-week-old cub at the National Zoo has put on 2 pounds and opened both eyes.
Sep 5, 2013 — It's taken about two weeks for tests to confirm the cub's gender. She was born Aug. 23 had is said to have a healthy, "fat little belly." As for her name, that won't be chosen until around Thanksgiving.
Aug 25, 2013 — Keepers at the Smithsonian National Zoo, who were elated to report Friday that giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub, added a sad note Saturday with the news of a second cub, which was stillborn.
Jul 16, 2013 — Lun Lun, a 15-year-old giant panda, gave birth to twins at Zoo Atlanta. It is the first time twin pandas have been born in the U.S. since 1987.
May 10, 2013 — The citizens of Thailand are breathing a sigh of relief, after a breakthrough moment in panda relations was reached with China Friday. After much negotiation, Lin Ping, a female giant panda who became a reality TV star after being born in Thailand's Chiang Mai Zoo, will be allowed to stay in Thailand for 15 years.
Feb 19, 2013 — Also: What the royal family and panda bears have in common; Ben Percy dons a pregnancy suit; and classicist Mary Beard wards off online attackers.
Jan 10, 2013 — Xiao Liwu made his public debut Thursday at the San Diego Zoo. As fans crowded around the exhibit, hoping to catch a glimpse of the 5-month-old giant panda cub, we asked the question that perhaps needs no asking. Scientists offer some clues.