Suzanne Hall

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Weaning Xiao Liwu: Leafy Greens

Weaning Xiao Liwu: Leafy Greens

After many days of short separations, giant pandas Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu were doing well. Both bears had a few hours each morning to be on their own, and both spent that time eating heartily.   read more

Weaning Xiao Liwu: Conflict over Calories

Weaning Xiao Liwu: Conflict over Calories

We’ve watched Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu closely during this time, both with formalized behavioral observations and informal sessions by keepers and staff. What we have seen is rather typical for this stage in their lives together.   read more

Weaning Xiao Liwu

Weaning Xiao Liwu

When a giant panda cub is totally weaned from his mother in the wild places of China, one of two things likely happens: either his mother runs him off with aggressive behavior, as has been noted with some brown bears, or the mother and cub simply wander away from each other and begin separate lives.   read more

Prodigious Panda Proceedings

Prodigious Panda Proceedings

Twinning in giant pandas is an issue of interest to us, because although females give birth to twins nearly as often as they have singletons, the giant panda mother appears unable to successfully care for two cubs simultaneously.   read more

Through the Bear Lens

Through the Bear Lens

Panda cubs undergo a pretty amazing transformation in their life. They are completely dependent upon their mother for safety, nutrition, warmth, and comfort. It’s fairly easy to project human emotions to what we see taking place in the den in those early weeks:   read more