"Bao Bao symbolizes 41 years of research and collaboration both at the National Zoo and in China," Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo, said in a statement. "We're grateful to everyone around the world who voted to name her and help us celebrate today."
We spend a lot of time worrying about endangered species, especially the cute and cool ones like foxes and bears and big cats. Well, where do you think all those cute and cool guys live? They live in places: glorious, complex, living, beautiful places. Here are the 10 most irreplaceable places on Earth.
CAYE CAULKER, Belize — Stripped of its color and smashed into pieces, the dead coral all but carpets the seafloor. Here, just off Caye Caulker, a tiny, bucolic Caribbean isle that is a magnet for snorkelers and scuba divers, the ravages of climate change are clear to see. Hurricanes have long been normal in this part of the world, and the spectacular reefs have adapted naturally to withstand the battering of storm waves. But not like this.
Twin lion cubs, Fajr and Sjel, died three days after they were born in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya at the Bissan amusement park.
The Guardian sourced an anonymous interior ministry official who said the cubs were in poor health, inadequately fed and that the father was behaving aggressively towards them.
The lion cubs were announced through Hamas' armed wing via Twitter on Tuesday: