Zoo sets up Web site to track possible panda pregnancy
Talk about getting up close and personal. The National Zoo has set up a Web site to track the progress of a possible panda pregnancy. The zoo says the public will be able to monitor the hormone levels of Mei Xiang on the site. Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated last week. Since then, reproductive biologists have been monitoring her estrogen and progestin levels. Charts plotting the fluctuations in her hormones will be posed on the Web site. Panda cubs born at the Washington zoo in the past have only lived a few days. But the San Diego Zoo is raising two healthy cubs born there.