This post was very difficult to write. Every time I managed to get a few words on the page, I would start making ridiculous noises. Look at its little flippers! Its face! Those large eyes!
Before they can become part of National Zoo's exhibit, Sumatran tiger cubs have to show that they can swim in the exhibits moat. Watch two unhappy cubs get their feet—and the rest of their bodies—wet.
We've got some absolutely heartbreaking news here at Panda Watch. The cub that was born last week to Mei Xiang, The National Zoo's giant panda, has died. Zoo officials report that more information is forthcoming, but, as of this morning, details surrounding the cub's sudden passing are sparse:
Clear your schedules, people, you're all booked solid for the rest of the afternoon. The occasion? Last night, a baby panda was born at The National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; and — because baby pandas are awesome and productivity is overrated — the zoo's panda team has set up TWO baby panda cams.
When inspiration strikes, Shanthi, an elephant living at Washington, DC's National Zoo, moseys over to a harmonica and plays a jaunty tune. See if you could dance to elephant-composed music in the video above.
Elephants have always been recognized as intelligent, but the spark of insight — the ability to suddenly arrive at the solution to a problem by running problem-solving scenarios in your head (as opposed to repeated attempts at trial and error) — is something that has never been observed experimentally in the brainy…