National Zoo’s Panda Set to Move to China

Image: Bao Bao the panda at the National Zoo

Bao Bao, a female panda who was born at Washington’s National Zoo, will leave for the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China early next year, the zoo announced Thursday. The zoo has an agreement with China to send offspring from its adults, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, back to the home country to breed. Now 3 years old, Bao Bao was the first surviving panda to be born at the zoo since 2005. Her older brother, Tai Shan, left for China in 2010. Bao Bao leaves behind a 1-year-old brother, Bei Bei. “We are sad to see her go, but excited for the contributions she is going to continue to make to the global giant panda population,” said the zoo’s Brandie Smith. – Read it from Reuters via Yahoo


Mark Zuckerberg’s Daughter Loves Her Dog

In a post Wednesday, the Facebook founder shared an adorable photo of his 1-year-old daughter playing with his Hungarian sheepdog – and revealed her first word. It wasn’t mom or dad who got the honor, though. It was Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan’s famed Puli, Beast. “Max loves Beast. Her first word: dog,” Zuckerberg captioned the sweet photo. Beast has 2 million fans on Facebook, and one little one right at home. – Read it at Today

Homeless Pit Bull Is So Happy to Be Rescued

Some dogs are timid and afraid when Hope for Paws, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit animal rescue organization, comes to rescue them. But not Brutus.

The friendly brown and white Pit Bull had been living on the city streets, while kind mechanics were providing him with food. They knew he needed shelter, though, so they called the rescue group for help.

Experienced rescuers Eldad Hagar and Lisa Arturo arrived with treats to win him over – but it didn’t take much. The video of the rescue, below, shows how the sweet dog quickly accepted their food, and then their love.

They named the gentle giant Brutus, and he didn’t hesitate to hop into the car on Arturo’s lap when he was invited. Then, he proceeded to smother both of his saviors with thankful kisses. In the video, Hope for Paws says this was their easiest rescue mission ever.

The delighted dog has now been cleaned up and is ready to find a forever home.

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