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In the News September 13th, 2008

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IKE and Friends

Hurricane Ike made landfall on Galveston Island as the Category 2 storm. Ike has been battering the coast with driving rain and phenomenal wind gusts. Ike has caused 1.8 million customers, or more than 4 million people to lose power
Ferocious wind and floodwaters from Hurricane Ike severed power to more than 4 million people in the Houston area early Saturday made landfall on Galveston Island.

Josephine still threatens the Bahamas with storms. A new disturbance, unnamed at this time, is visible in the Atlantic.

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Oprah is heading to DC

Attention Oprah fans. Monday's episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will be dedicated to a Senate bill targeting child predators, according to a press release issued by Harpo Productions.

The show, will detail the "extent and pervasiveness of child pornography trafficking in America," Winfrey will ask viewers to contact their senators about U.S. Senate Bill 1738, the Protect Our Children Act, Harpo said.

"What you are going to see is going to shock you to the core, but I'm asking you to please not turn away because this is happening in our country, to our children, in the United States every day," Winfrey said in the release.


Panda update

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Remember the baby Panda's from the Atlanta Zoo? Here is their blog update from Friday, September 12
Lun Lun’s newest cub continues to do well. His prognosis has been upgraded from “guarded” to “good”. When the cub had to be placed in an incubator a week ago Monday, his body temperature and blood sugar levels were low. The cub responded well to supportive care, and has done even better back with Lun Lun. Based on several laboratory tests, we suspect Lun Lun may have been suffering from mild mastitis, an infection and/or inflammation of the mammary glands. This may have led to mild discomfort that resulted in her not attending to the cub just enough to result in the decrease in body temperature at that early age. Both Lun Lun and the cub were placed on a course of antibiotics because of these suspicions, and they have responded well to the treatment.

The cub has steadily increased in weight since his re-introduction to Lun Lun on Tuesday September 2. He has gained 197 grams (7 ounces) since then. The Zoo Atlanta Panda and Veterinary teams with the collaboration of our Chinese colleague continue to closely monitor cub and mom. We are recording daily observations on the cub’s nursing activities and behavior, and checking his weight twice a day. During one of these checks, I give him a quick daily veterinary check as well. His heart rate, respiratory rate and body temperature remain stable and within normal ranges. His rate of growth is outstanding! If the cub continues to do this well, we are hoping to slowly decrease the intervals between weight checks. Lun Lun takes advantage of the times when the cub is away and eats her favorite treat (sugar cane) and part of her regular diet. Lun Lun has been an amazing mom and cares for the cub well.
Sam Rivera, DVM
Interim Director of Veterinary Services

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