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    Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight

    Happy National Panda Day!

    ‘Kung Fu Panda’: Jack Black to Reprise Role in New Netflix Animated Series
    Martin Holmes
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    Netflix is celebrating National Panda Day with the announcement that Jack Black is returning as the Kung Fu Panda, Po, for a new animated series, Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight.

    Black confirmed the news on his social media pages on Wednesday (March 16), preparing fans for another globe-trotting adventure with the heroic yet accident-prone giant panda Po. Helmed by DreamWorks Animation, the new series is executive produced by Shaunt Nigoghossian (Bunnicula) and Peter Hastings, who previously developed the 2011 Nickelodeon spinoff series Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.

    The story of the new series revolves around a mysterious pair of weasels who set their sights on a collection of four powerful weapons. It’s up to Po to leave his home and head out on a quest for redemption and justice. On his journey, Po finds himself partnered up with a no-nonsense English knight named Wandering Blade. These two mismatched warriors embark on an epic adventure to save the world — and they may even learn a thing or two from each other along the way.

    Kung Fu Panda was first released in 2008 and was directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne. It starred the voices of Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Seth Rogen, and Lucy Liu. It became the third highest-grossing film of 2008, launching a multimedia franchise along with two movie sequels and two TV series, the previously mentioned Legends of Awesomeness and Prime Video’s Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny.

    The Dragon Knight marks the first time Black has reprised his role for a TV spinoff — only Liu and James Hong reprised their film roles for the Legends of Awesomeness. Chris Geere also stars as Klaus, alongside Della Saba as Veruca.

    Check out the first look images from the new series below.


    Kung Fu Panda: Dragon Knight: Season 1. Jack Black as Po in Kung Fu Panda: Dragon Knight: Season 1. Cr. NETFLIX © 2022


    Kung Fu Panda: Dragon Knight: Season 1. (L-R) Chris Geere as Klaus, Della Saba as Veruca, and Jack Black as Po in Kung Fu Panda: Dragon Knight: Season 1. Cr. NETFLIX © 2022


    Kung Fu Panda: Dragon Knight: Season 1. (L-R) Jack Black as Po and Della Saba as Veruca in Kung Fu Panda: Dragon Knight: Season 1. Cr. NETFLIX © 2022
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    RIP Rusty

    Rusty the red panda, who briefly ran free in D.C. in 2013, has unexpectedly died
    October 21, 202212:57 AM ET
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    In this handout provided by the Smithsonian National Zoo, a male red panda named Rusty is seen in his exhibit in the Smithsonian National Zoo in 2013 in Washington, D.C.
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    Some who were in Washington, D.C., in 2013 are mourning the loss of Rusty the red panda, who captivated the city when he escaped from the Smithsonian's National Zoo almost a decade ago. He was 10 years old.

    He died on Oct. 14. Pueblo Zoo, where he was living, currently does not know the cause of death, Sandy Morrison, marketing and communications manager at Pueblo Zoo, told NPR in an email.


    Rusty was found in Adams Morgan, which borders the park lands around the zoo.
    Bethany Morlind

    The panda made headlines when he was just 11 months old, in June of 2013. Officials said they think rainfall weighed down some branches in his exhibit, which allowed him to drop to the other side of the enclosure. He was later spotted in D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood by a resident.

    "I was walking home from lunch with my family when Rusty sauntered out from some bushes onto the sidewalk ahead of us," performing artist Ashley Wagner explained in an email to NPR. "He trotted along for a couple of blocks before taking refuge in a fenced-in yard."

    Wagner was able to take some photos of him, and said Twitter seemed like the fastest way to alert the zoo to Rusty's location. The tweet allowed the zoo to find him and return him to his home.

    "In a time of intense headlines (and sometimes overwhelming connection to technology), I think Rusty's story brought a sense of hope, whimsy, and adventure to all of our lives – and it highlighted the best of what social media can achieve," Wagner said.


    Rusty was "a wonderful ambassador for the species and was a fun, independent panda," Sandy Morrison of Pueblo Zoo told NPR.
    Bethany Morlind

    In 2019, he was transferred from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute — where he and another red panda had been relocated for reproductive purposes — to Colorado's Pueblo Zoo. They successfully mated while there.

    The twin cubs, a female named Momo and a male named Mogwai, were born in Aug. 2021. They're still at Pueblo Zoo, but their mother, Priya, now lives at the Utah Hogle Zoo.

    "He was a wonderful ambassador for the species and was a fun, independent panda who formed strong bonds with our Keepers. He will be sorely missed," Morrison wrote.

    The National Zoo has not made a public comment.
    At least he ran free for a while. Now he's free again.
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    RIP Baby Spice

    Beloved red panda cub at Toronto Zoo unexpectedly passes away
    October 28, 2022

    dvm360 Staff


    In just his 3 months of life, he made a significant impact on all those at the zoo

    The Toronto Zoo recently announced the passing of a 3-month-old red panda cub, who was named Dash, and affectionately known as Baby Spice.


    Dash, or "Baby Spice," posing with a pumpkin (Photo courtesy of Toronto Zoo).

    According to an organizational release,1 on Saturday, October 22nd at the beginning and end-of-day check-ins, the cub displayed no signs of illness. However, on Sunday morning, the wildlife care staff heard the cub vocalizing and then discovered he was lying on his side and extremely weak. He was immediately sent to the Wildlife Health Centre for treatment by the Toronto Zoo veterinary team and put on oxygen, administered fluids, given antibiotics, and warmed up as his temperature was low. Though stable for a brief period, he then suddenly stopped breathing and had no pulse. Resuscitation attempts were futile.

    Additionally, staff contacted the veterinarian responsible for the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Red Panda Species Survival Program who noted that in cases like this, nothing more could be done. A post-mortem exam was performed to obtain samples for further testing which to understand what caused his sudden death.

    During his short life, Dash made a significant impact and had gained a substantial following on the Toronto Zoo social media.

    “Dash brought us keepers so much joy. It was wonderful to see his mom, Paprika, become such an amazing mother and to see the bond develop between her and Dash. We enjoyed watching him grow and meet every milestone with gusto. Every daily weigh-in was the highlight of our day and we loved seeing his little “Yoda” face every time we opened the nestbox, commented Dash’s wildlife care keepers, in the release.1 “To watch as he grew from a hesitant cub to a brave little boy will be one of our fondest memories. We are sad that our time with him was so short but we will cherish every moment we shared with him.”

    Wildlife care staff will further monitor Paprika, and currently she is adapting well without Dash by her side. This tragic loss demonstrates the fragility of cubs, even months after birth and as they transition from juveniles to adulthood.

    Red pandas are a challenging species to breed because of pre- and post-partum complications with offspring survival. The release1 cites research conducted by the Cincinnati Zoo that displays a high percentage of early pregnancy loss in this species compared to others, with 40% of pregnancies being lost before birth. Similar losses are documented after birth with around 40% of cubs dying within 1 year of birth. The low survival rates have a major effect on the growth of the red panda population under human care. In the wild, red panda cubs confront similar mortality rates because of their vulnerable state at birth and the continual anthropogenic pressures.
    Another red panda dies in captivity? wth?
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    RIP Tuan Tuan

    Panda gifted to Taiwan by China dies
    11/19/2022November 19, 2022
    The panda was gifted to Taipei by Beijing as a symbol of warmer relations between the governments. He died after suffering a spate of seizures.


    A panda gifted to Taiwan by China 14 years ago died on Saturday, Taipei Zoo anounced.

    The giant panda, named Tuan Tuan, died after suffering a spate of seizures.

    He was born in 2004. Pandas can live for up to 30 years under human care, and have an average life span of 15-20 years in the wild.

    Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan were given to Taiwan by China in 2008, as a gesture symbolizing rapprochement between the governments. China views Taiwan as part of its territory, and relations between Beijing and Taipei have deteriorated since 2016.

    What did Taipei Zoo say?

    "Our medical team has confirmed that Tuan Tuan's heart stopped beating at 13:48 (05:48 GMT)," the zoo said in a statement.

    The panda was given deep anesthesia to take CT scans earlier Saturday.

    Veterinarians decided to "let Tuan Tuan to continue to sleep" after it was clear that his condition was "irreversible" and he could no longer "live a quality life."

    Tuan Tuan began suffering seizures in August, and was observed to be increasingly lethargic. Medical scans showed the panda had a brain lesion, after which he was given anti-seizure medication.

    Taipei Zoo suspected that the panda had a brain tumor and began palliative care in October.

    Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je thanked Tuan Tuan for "bringing happiness to Taiwanese people and making Taipei Zoo more wonderful."

    China only lends pandas to foreign zoos, which must return any offspring within a few years of their birth. Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan and their offspring were fully gifted to Taiwan. The pair had two female cubs at Taipei Zoo.
    Well this bodes poorly.
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    Thuraya and Suhail

    Trending in China
    Panda prophets: first giant Chinese bears in Middle East turn World Cup soccer stars by ‘predicting’ winners and losers

    Giant pandas, Thuraya and Suhail, follow in footsteps of Paul the predicting Octopus who rose to fame during the 2010 World Cup
    Pair of bears have already ‘guessed’ the unexpected winners of two matches in the group stages of the tournament

    Alice Yan in Shanghai
    Published: 6:00pm, 25 Nov, 2022



    The first Chinese giant pandas to take up residence in the Middle East, Thuraya and Suhail, are making a splash at the soccer World Cup in Qatar by “predicting” the outcome of matches. Photo: SCMP Composite.
    The first Chinese giant pandas ever to take up residence in the Middle East – who arrived in Qatar just ahead of the Fifa World Cup 2022 – are making a new name for themselves, by “predicting” the results of matches at the tournament.
    Following in the tentacle-steps of Paul the Octopus who rose to fame doing the same thing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the pair – three-year-old female Thuraya and Suhail, a four-year-old male – have already correctly “predicted” the unexpected winners of two matches.
    They left their home in China Conservation and Research Centre for Giant Pandas’ Ya’an base in Sichuan province at the beginning of this month and first received visitors in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, last week.

    Giant pandas Thuraya and Suhail await transportation to Qatar at the Ya’an base of the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda in Sichuan province. Photo: Xinhua.
    On the eve of the tournament’s opening match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador, staff at the Panda House in Al Khor Park where Thuraya and Suhail live placed the flags of the competing countries on a glass wall.
    Soon after doing so, one of the pandas crawled towards the wall, looked at each flag for a few seconds, paused, sniffed both for a while before raising a paw to touch the flag of Ecuador, a short video has shown. The South American team went on to win the game.

    One of the Chinese giant pandas working their magic before Qatar took on Ecuador in the opening match of the tournament. Photo: Toutiao.
    Two days later, prior to the match between Germany and Japan, the same flag scenario was set up and one of the pandas – it is still unclear which one – wasted no time before placing both paws against the Japanese national flag. Japan won.
    The panda duos’ predictions have amused mainland Chinese internet users.
    “It’s magic! Is there some mystical power from the East?” Joked one Weibo poster.
    “Awesome! Perhaps I can let my pet cat try it tomorrow,” said another.
    However, as every gambler knows, you can’t win them all.
    Hours before the game between Uruguay and South Korea on Thursday, one of the pandas predicted a Uruguay win. The game ended in a goalless draw.
    “Don’t blame our pandas. They didn’t have the option of a draw,” said an internet user.
    Many netizens said the panda-predictors reminded them of Paul the Octopus from Germany whose uncannily accurate predictions at the 2010 World Cup turned him into a global celebrity.
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    Paul the Octopus who rose to global prominence by “predicting” the outcome of matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Photo: EPA/Roland Weihrauch.
    Sadly, just weeks after the 2010 tournament ended, Paul passed away, possibly as a result of his exertions.


    Alice Yan

    Alice Yan is a Shanghai-based social and medical news reporter. She started her journalism career in 2003 and has degrees in economics and public administration.
    Still mourning the passing of Paul...
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    RIP Tala and Sumi

    Longleat safari park red panda cubs die in cold snap
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    IMAGE SOURCE, LLOYD WINTERS/LONGLEAT
    Tala and Sumi were born in early summer

    By Tess de la Mare
    BBC News
    A rare pair of red panda cubs bred at Longleat have died during the cold snap.
    Twins Tala and Sumi, who were born in early summer, were found dead in their nesting box at the Wiltshire safari park on Thursday morning.
    It is thought they died from hypothermia, a spokesman for the park said.
    The fact their mother had stopped providing supportive feeds may also have played a part, they added.
    The cubs were born to parents Emma and Lionel and were first seen by the public in September when they began to venture outside.
    Red pandas are native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China, where temperatures can reach -15C (5F).
    Temperatures at Longleat are thought to have dipped to between -7C (19.4F) and -8C (17.6F) overnight into Thursday.
    But keepers at the safari park think the fact that their mother had started the weaning process and was no longer providing supportive feeds may have contributed to the cubs' deaths.


    IMAGE SOURCE, LLOYD WINTERS/LONGLEAT
    The cubs were part of a breeding programme aimed at boosting numbers of the endangered species

    The spokesman said: "We've provided an increase in diet, shelter and bedding, however the cubs were mostly still dependant on their mum."
    Red pandas have a very high mortality rate, Longleat said, with just one in five wild pandas surviving to adulthood.
    The species are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with as few as 2,500 thought to be living in the wild.
    Their main threats are habitat loss, deforestation and poaching.
    Tala and Sumi were the seventh and eighth red pandas to have been born at Longleat, which is part of a breeding programme to try and boost numbers.
    Previous cubs have gone on to collections all over Europe, with some starting to have cubs of their own.
    'Sadness at saying goodbye'
    Longleat said the twins had been "closely monitored and looked after by our dedicated team".
    The spokesman said: "We know so many of you have loved seeing these beautiful creatures for yourselves and will share our sadness in having to say goodbye to them.
    "Thank you for your understanding at this time, especially for our keepers who formed such a special bond with them both."
    What is up with all these panda deaths lately?
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