AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne of the world’s most endangered and iconic animals has just given birth to a new member of their species—and it may be all thanks to COVID-19.Everland ParkIn late march when many zoos across the world had closed to avert a pandemic, two giant pandas in a South Korea zoo suddenly had some time alone, without gazing eyes, and the 7-year-old female named Ai Bao was soon pregnant.On Monday, the 8-year-old male panda Le Bao became a new father to a healthy cub in Everland Park. The cub weighed in at 7 ounces, and the zoo reported both mother and baby appear to be healthy and comfortable. It will take between 5—6 months for the panda cub to learn to climb and eat bamboo. After that, it will be available to be viewed by the public.Meanwhile, in a Hong Kong zoo, another panda couple took advantage of the lockdown to mate—after social distancing from each other for a decade—but Ling-Ling has not shown any signs of pregnancy, a spokeswoman said.Only 500-1000 giant pandas remain in the wilds of south-central China. The animal exhibits extraordinarily complicated mating behaviors, which has necessitated tireless work on behalf conservationists trying to do their part to save the species.In the wild, pandas live solitary lives, and, like humans, can be very choosy when it comes to mating. Furthermore, females usually give birth to only one cub at a time, and there is only one period during the year — lasting only a few days, when females can conceive.RELATED: Stalking Lions, Pandas, and Penguins During Your Social Distancing With These 10 Awesome Animal LivestreamsSimilar to other large intelligent mammals, young pandas need a long time before they are capable of taking care of themselves, a period during which the female will not mate.With dwindling panda numbers, it was in the 1950s that China began loaning pairs of pandas to foreign zoos as a token of goodwill, in what became known as “Panda Diplomacy”—and South Korea is just the latest zoo to have produced a cub.Ai Bao and Le Bao arrived in the country in 2016, and their cub is now the first panda born in that nation, though it will be returned to China in 3—4 years time.WATCH the video below…SEND Out a Baby Announcement to Friend, by Sharing on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
March 15, 2009 Regular News Two lawyers needed for the Board of Bar Examiners T wo lawyers needed for the Board of Bar ExaminersLawyer applicants are being sought to fill two vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Board of Governors will be selecting six nominees for two lawyer vacancies at its May 29 meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill two five-year terms commencing November 1, expiring on October 31, 2014.Attorney members must have been a member of The Florida Bar for at least five years. They must be practicing lawyers with scholarly attainments and have an affirmative interest in legal education and requirements for admission to the Bar. Appointment or election to the bench at any level of the court system will disqualify any applicant. Law professors or trustees are ineligible.Board members of the Bar Examiners must be able to attend approximately 10 meetings a year in various Florida locations. Members volunteer 300 or more hours per year on board business depending on committee assignments. Actual travel expenses connected with the meetings and examinations are reimbursed.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the application for special appointment from the Bar’s Web site, www.floridabar.org, or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-3127, to obtain the application form. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-2300 no later than 5:30 p.m., Monday April 6, 2009. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.
LAPS News:Piñon Elementary will host its End-of-Year parade at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 27. The parade will feature Piñon staff, the Piñon Panther, members of the Los Alamos Police and Fire departments, the Hillstompers and LAPS school buses will participate.Piñon families are invited to come outside and social distance along the parade route. Remember to wear a mask, and Piñon gear. Show your Panther pride with signs and noisemakers. The parade will follow a route near the school. The parade will start and end in the Piñon parking lot.For more information, contact Stephanie Rittner at [email protected]
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