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Old Whale Fossil Found at the San Diego Zoo

whale-in-the-san-diego-zoo There are lots of animals at the San Diego Zoo, but now there is one more: a three million year old whale. Pretty crazy. Check this out:

Via The Christian Science Monitor:

A 3-million-year-old whale has been discovered at the San Diego Zoo.

And this whale wasn’t found by a whaling ship but by some guys wearing hard hats.

A construction crew had been working on a storm water tank at the zoo, and while using an excavator to dig through the fine grain sand they struck something hard.

While whale fossils have been found in this area before, this 24-foot long baleen whale seemed to be remarkably intact and well perserved.

In a San Diego News article, Sarah Siren, a paleontological field manager with the San Diego Natural History Museum said, "It’s rare to have a skeleton this complete."

Other ancient sea fossils have been unearthed in the region, including a 75-million-year-old femur from a duck-billed dinosaur and portions of a 3.5-million-year- old sea cow found in Chula Vista, according to the Los Angeles Times.

After the whale fossil is completely excavated, the remains will be taken to the Balboa Park museum, in San Diego, for further examination and possibly be put on public display.

San Diego Zoo Baby Panda Has Been Named Yun Zi!

baby panda name chosen in san diego zoo

Awww! I love you!

Yay! Yun Zi was the name I voted for! I really thought it was the best name, and I’m so glad it won! I am definitely going to go visit the zoo as soon as he is on display. Check it out:

Via Los Angeles Times Local:

The suspense is over: In a ceremony Tuesday, San Diego Zoo officials announced the recently selected name of the giant panda cub born there in August. (In accordance with Chinese tradition, the cub couldn’t be officially named until he was 100 days old.)

The zoo held a contest to allow members of the public to submit name suggestions for the cub, a healthy male born to mother Bai Yun and father Gao Gao.  Once the submission period closed Oct. 19, zoo staff members selected their five favorite names from more than 6,000 offered by panda fans, which then had to be approved by the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Assn.

That done, the zoo turned once again to the public to decide on the cub’s name, allowing visitors to its website and Facebook fan page to cast their votes for one of the five  finalists: Xiao Long (“Little Dragon”), Xiong Wei (“Extraordinary Bear”), Fu Sheng (“Blissful San Diego”), Yong Xiang (“Eternally Blessed”) and Yun Zi (“Son of Cloud”).

According to the zoo, nearly 18,000 votes were received during the voting period, and the winning name received 28% of the vote.  That name is… Yun Zi.

The winning name, Yun Zi, is significant because it honors mother panda Bai Yun (her name translates to “White Cloud”).  According to Yadira Galindo, a senior public relations representative for the zoo, the voting nearly went another way, with 26% of voters selecting Xiao Long (“Little Dragon”) instead.  Xiong Wei (“Extraordinary Bear”) received 20% of the vote.

Zoo staff describe Bai Yun as an excellent mother; she’s given birth to four older cubs (Hua Mei, Mei Sheng, Su Lin and Zhen Zhen) since arriving at the zoo as part of a scientific exchange with China in 1996.  The oldest of Bai Yun’s cubs, Hua Mei, was the first giant panda born in North America to survive to adulthood.  Since 2004, she’s resided at her mother’s birthplace, the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center, where she’s given birth to six cubs — three sets of twins, a rarity for pandas.

Zoo officials and a Chinese diplomat announced late last year that China’s loan of Bai Yun and Gao Gao to the San Diego Zoo would be extended for an additional five years.

Panda Fans Get Chance to Help Name Cub

Hey… you know that Panda that was born a few months ago? Yeah? Well… you can help name it! I don’t think I’ll be joining in on this, but you can if you want to. Check it out:

I love Pandas...

I love Pandas...

Via SignOnSanDiego.Com:

Visitors to the San Diego Zoo will have an opportunity to name the newest giant panda cub, now 2 months old.

Following Chinese tradition, the male cub will get a name after 100 days.

Between Saturday and Oct. 19, the zoo is asking the community to visit the Giant Panda Research Station to suggest a name. The names should be in Chinese (Pinyin), have an English translation, be symbolic in meaning and be delivered in person.

After the 10-day period, the zoo’s panda team will choose several of the suggestions.

The Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association will then review the selected names. Once approved, the names will be posted on the zoo’s Web site ( and its Facebook page for a final vote by the global community.

Zoo officials say to check the Web site for updates on when to vote online. The name that receives the most votes will be announced at a ceremony Nov. 17.

It’s a Boy!

Wow… big news today! That cute little panda (see below) that was born about a month ago at the San Diego Zoo is a boy! Okay… maybe it isn’t BIG news. But it is news. Actually… the little thing is really freaking cute. Check it out:

"Gimme gimme gimme!" - Abba

"Gimme gimme gimme!" - Abba

Yep. I want one. Check out the press release:

Via The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — The panda cub born at the San Diego Zoo nearly a month ago is a boy.

The zoo said the yet-to-be-named cub’s mother briefly left the den Thursday, allowing veterinarians to examine the 2.8-pound baby panda for the first time.

Senior zoo veterinarian Geoff Pye says the cub is healthy and starting to show its black-and-white markings. He says the cub has reached its “initial cute stage” and is “very roly poly.”

The tiny cub’s birth on Aug. 5 attracted so much traffic to the zoo’s Web site that the online Panda Cam camera feed crashed. The zoo’s blog also went down for a period.

Wow, 3 posts in and I’ve already got 2 about animals. Rad.