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Berlin's panda twins ready for public debut

Berlin - Two panda cubs born at Berlin Zoo last year charmed local media on Wednesday, a day before their debut in front of the general public.

China says Thailand's panda died from heart attack

Bejing - A giant panda whose sudden death in Thailand sparked outrage in China last month died from a heart attack, according to a Chinese government agency.

Berlin zoo delights in rare birth of panda twins

Berlin - Berlin zoo said Monday its resident panda Meng Meng had delivered twins, as it voiced delight at the first such births in the country."Meng Meng became a mom - twice!

EU states adopt 'panda bonds' in Chinese outreach

Paris - EU members Hungary, Poland, Portugal and soon Austria are strengthening ties with China by issuing attractive "panda bonds" that help Beijing raise its profile on international financial markets.

In Japan-China ties, ibis outreach but no panda diplomacy

Apo - China has famously used its cuddly panda bears as a diplomatic tool, but to mark warming ties with Japan it is offering a distinctly more angular gift: two crested ibises.

Giant pandas arrive in Finland in Chinese charm offensive

Helsinki - Finland on Thursday welcomed a panda pair after a long plane ride from their native China, which leased the fluffy animals to the Nordic nation to strengthen ties.

Thatcher refused to take panda to Washington in Concorde, papers show

London - Margaret Thatcher refused a request to fly a panda in the back of her Concorde when she visited Washington for her first summit with Ronald Reagan, according to papers released on Friday.

Panda diplomacy: Two giant pandas from China land in Indonesia

Jakarta - Two giant pandas from China arrived in Indonesia on Thursday in an act of "panda diplomacy" aimed at celebrating 60 years of bilateral ties.

Pandas rebounding, but their habitat isn't: study

Paris - China's fiercely protected giant panda had a smaller habitat in 2013 than when it was declared endangered more than 20 years earlier, researchers said Monday.

High hopes for Australian bid to breed panda cubs

Sydney - A giant panda couple struggling to produce cubs in an Australian zoo have been given a helping hand by vets who hope to overcome the bears' notorious breeding difficulties with three artificial inseminations.

Bye bye Basi: World's oldest captive panda dies

Shanghai - The world's oldest captive giant panda has died at the ripe old age of 37 -- more than 100 in human years -- her handlers in China said on Thursday as they gave "Basi" an emotional send-off.

Icy treat for panda stars' birthday in Dutch zoo

Den Haag - Two multi-layered "cakes" made from ice, vegetable juice and fruit greeted a pair of giant pandas at a Dutch zoo Tuesday for their first birthday party since arriving from China.

Surviving baby panda in 'perfect health' says French zoo

Saint-aignan-sur-cher - The first baby panda born in France is in good health and feeding from its mother, staff at Beauval Zoo said Saturday, as they came to terms with losing its twin.

Panda gives birth to twins at French zoo, one cub dies

Saint-aignan-sur-cher - There was joy and pain for French zookeepers Friday as their female panda gave birth to twins, but one died soon afterwards.

Giant panda gives birth to twins at record 23 years old

Bejing - Zookeepers never expected the 23-year-old giant panda to give birth again when she was moved to a nature reserve in southwest China to live out the rest of her days.

China welcomes world's first panda born to wild and captive parents

Bejing - China has welcomed the world's first giant panda cub born to a mixed pair of captive and wild parents, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Merkel pledges star treatment for China's panda 'envoys'

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Wednesday to make China's new "special envoys" feel welcome in Berlin, as she unveiled two eagerly awaited giant pandas at the German capital's zoo alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arrive

Berlin - Germany had its first taste of panda mania on Saturday as two furry ambassadors arrived from China to begin a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo.

Panda Watch: Tokyo zoo says new cub in good health

Toukyo - A baby panda whose birth this week delighted Japan and has dominated news coverage ever since appears to be in good health, the zoo said Tuesday.

Japan zoo toasts birth of panda cub, snug in mum's furry hug

Toukyo - A Japanese zoo celebrated the first birth of a baby panda in five years Monday, with the tiny cub small enough to fit in the palm of a human hand.
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