Dogs Painted As Pandas And Tigers

Pet owners have painted their dogs to look like other animals including pandas and tigers in the latest craze to come out of China. The pictures, which appear to have been taken at a showcase of painted dogs in Zhengzhou, eastern China, show crowds gathering to take photos of the bizarre spectacle.

In one picture a retriever has been made to look like a tiger, while in another a small, fluffy puppy has been painted in the style of a tiny panda. China has often been quick to adopt unusual crazes, and the latest trend for pet owners follows an American fad of painting poodles to look like other animals at dog shows.
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Tokyo To Receive 2 Pandas From China Next Year

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Japanese panda fans will be able to see the endangered animals in Tokyo next year for the first time since 2008, after the city reached an agreement to pay nearly $1 million a year to borrow a pair from China, officials said Friday.Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo has been without a giant panda for the first time since 1972, when a pair arrived to mark the signing of a peace treaty between Japan and China. Ling Ling, a panda who came to Tokyo in 1992, died in April 2008 at the age of 22, which in human terms is equivalent to about 70.

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara told reporters Friday that two pandas are expected to arrive in Tokyo early next year and would cost $950,000 a year.”It’s quite a costly deal,” Ishihara said, adding that Tokyo officials bargained to get $50,000 off the original $1 million price tag. The payments will help rebuild a panda sanctuary in China’s Sichuan province and fund joint breeding projects between Japan and China, he said.
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China's Pandas Worth More Than Tiger Woods: Australian Zoo

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Two giant pandas due to begin a 10-year stay at an Australian zoo could give the local economy a bigger boost than recent visits by Tiger Woods or Lance Armstrong, officials said Wednesday.Wang Wang, four, and three-year-old Funi are due to arrive at Adelaide Zoo Saturday for a long-term loan from the Panda Protection and Research Centre at Ya’an in China’s Sichuan Province.

Zoos South Australia chief Chris West said the stay would be a “financial bonanza” for the state’s economy, reaping an estimated 600-million dollar benefit over the 10 years.”The pandas can be expected to generate 632 million dollars (584 million US) for the state economy over 10 years,” West said.”Each year (the pandas) could generate significantly more economic benefits than the much-vaunted appearances by golfer Tiger Woods or cyclist Lance Armstrong,” he added.
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China's Pandas Worth More Than Tiger Woods: Australian Zoo

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Two giant pandas due to begin a 10-year stay at an Australian zoo could give the local economy a bigger boost than recent visits by Tiger Woods or Lance Armstrong, officials said Wednesday.Wang Wang, four, and three-year-old Funi are due to arrive at Adelaide Zoo Saturday for a long-term loan from the Panda Protection and Research Centre at Ya’an in China’s Sichuan Province.

Zoos South Australia chief Chris West said the stay would be a “financial bonanza” for the state’s economy, reaping an estimated 600-million dollar benefit over the 10 years.”The pandas can be expected to generate 632 million dollars (584 million US) for the state economy over 10 years,” West said.”Each year (the pandas) could generate significantly more economic benefits than the much-vaunted appearances by golfer Tiger Woods or cyclist Lance Armstrong,” he added.
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China Moves To Protect Pandas From Swine Flu

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A panda research center in northwestern China has been closed to visitors as a precaution to protect the endangered species fromcatching swine flu, state media reported on Tuesday.It is not known if pandas can catch swine flu, but there have been reports from veterinary and federal officials in the United States of cats and ferrets catching the disease.

Cold temperatures and heavy snowfall over the last week at the Shaanxi Wild Animal Rescue and Research Center in Shaanxi province have increased flu symptoms and the number of H1N1 cases among zoo employees, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.The center has stopped recruiting new volunteers and banned employees with flu symptoms from approaching the pandas, it said.

A receptionist who answered the phone at the center, and who refused to give more than her surname Zhou, said all the pandas at the center were healthy, but staff members were taking extra precautions.There have been no cases of the virus spreading to pandas, Zhou said.Xinhua said the center, one of four giant panda reserves in China, is home to 21 giant pandas.
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The Real Kung Fu Pandas

Juvenile Red Pandas play to learn skills that will be useful later in life. Wrestling skills for example may some day help them acquire a better mate, defend themselves from predators or get them a breakthrough role in a Tarantino movie.

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Pup Steps In As Mom To Abandoned Baby Pandas

A surprise red panda birth at China’s Taiyuan Zoo started on a sad note, but ultimately led to a happy ending.
An expectant mom gave birth to two babies in front of crowds at the zoo on June 25 without any warning – in fact, according to the U.K.’s Times Online, caretakers didn’t even know she was pregnant due to her “plump body and bushy hair.” She was so spooked by the crowd present during the birth, the mother immediately rejected her cubs, forcing zookeepers to scramble for a surrogate. They found one in a lactating mixed-breed dog belonging to a local farmer, who took in the cubs as her own.

Now nearly a month old – and both 8 inches long – the unnamed cubs stay with their “mom” constantly, just as they would in the wild. They have missed important milestones, like opening their eyes at around 18 days, but caretakers continue to watch them for important vital signs. Red panda cubs generally stay with their mom for 90 days after birth, though it’s not yet known if their surrogate will take care of them for that long. But for now, the cubs are getting the nutrition – and love – that they need.
Sadly, the dog, who had just given birth to a baby of her own, rejected her own puppy after taking over as mom to the red pandas. Thankfully, zoo employees stepped in to help raise the little one.

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