WAMU 88.5 : News

National Zoo Panda Not Pregnant

Play associated audio
Doctors at the National Zoo say resident panda Mei Xiang will not give birth anytime soon.
Doctors at the National Zoo say resident panda Mei Xiang will not give birth anytime soon.

Zoo veterinarians had been keeping a close eye on Mei Xiang for months, monitoring her behavior and hormone levels.

Scientists artificially inseminated her in January, and were hoping for a baby panda. But now they say she was only experiencing a pseudopregnancy.

It's difficult to determine when a panda is pregnant because panda fetuses don't start developing until the final weeks of a gestation period.

WAMU 88.5

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.