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OSU EXTENSION SERVICE Panda cub described as healthy and vibrant Have fun and learn something, too, at county fair By BEN NUCKOLS ASSOCIATED PRESS

T O D AY I N H I S T O R Y By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2013. There are 126 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 27, 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa erupted with a series of cataclysmic explosions; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait claimed some 36,000 lives in Java and Sumatra. On this date: In 1776, the Battle of Long Island began during the Revolutionary War as British troops attacked American forces, who ended up being forced to retreat two days later. In 1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful oil well in the United States, at Titusville, Pa. In 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was born near Stonewall, Texas. In 1928, the KelloggBriand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes. In 1939, the first turbojet-powered aircraft, the Heinkel He 178, went on its first full-fledged test flight over Germany. In 1942, the Times of London published an editorial calling on the British government to promote the production of penicillin, the first mention of the antibiotic by a newspaper.

WASHINGTON — The giant panda cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo appears to be in excellent health, zookeepers reported after a 10-minute physical exam Sunday morning. The panda, born Friday afternoon, weighs 4.8 ounces, is pink with white fur and wriggled and squealed loudly when it was taken away from its mother, zoo officials said. A second cub was stillborn Saturday night, but zookeepers were still overjoyed at the prospect of one healthy cub given that pandas are critically endangered and breeding them in captivity has proved difficult, especially in Washington. The cub’s mother, Mei Xiang, gave birth to her only surviving cub, a male named Tai Shan, in 2005. Tai Shan enjoyed rock star status before he was returned to China in 2010. China owns the pandas at the National Zoo. The new cub had a full stomach, and veterinarians reported that it has been digesting its food, zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson said Sunday. Its heartbeat is steady and its lungs appear to be functioning properly. Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub last year after several years of failed breeding, but the cub died after six days. Its lungs hadn’t fully developed and likely weren’t sending enough oxygen to its liver.

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Following that disappointment, zookeepers changed their protocols for newborn pandas in consultation with Chinese breeders. The plan was for veterinarians to get their hands on the panda within 48 hours of its birth, and after two failed attempts on Saturday, panda keeper Marty Dearie was able to pry the cub away from Mei Xiang on Sunday morning. “All the external features looked perfectly normal, so the cub has been described as vibrant, healthy and active,” Baker-Masson said. “My colleagues were very, very happy. This is joyful news.” Mei Xiang was agitated when the cub was taken away from her, pacing and growling in her den, but the mother calmed down immediately after the cub was returned to her and she began cradling it, Baker-Masson said. Veterinarians will try to examine the cub again Tuesday. Its eyes have yet to open, and its gender will not be known for two to three weeks. A DNA sample was collected to determine the cub’s paternity. Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated with sperm from Tian Tian, the male panda at the National Zoo, and a panda named Gao Gao at the San Diego Zoo. Zoo officials aren’t sure what prevented the stillborn cub from developing, but it had abnormalities around its head and was missing its brain. Results from a necropsy won’t be known for several days.

Anyone interested in more than a little familyfriendly fun that is LADELL easy on EMMONS the wallet should plan on checking out the Pittsburg County Free Fair scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday (Sept. 3-7, 2013). Admission is free. The best part about the county fair is that it’s a lot fun, you can learn something and it’s a great chance to soak up some local flavor. There’ll be 4H and Oklahoma Home and Community Education, Inc., educational displays and a variety of exhibits on everything from photography to woodwork to classic needlework to floral projects. For those Pittsburg County residents who would like to try their hand at entering their talents, the open class division is for any age. Horticulture, Quilting, Knitting or Crocheting, Leisure & Cultural Arts, Fabrics & Fashions, Photography, Food Preparation, and Food Preservation are just few areas of interest. Horticulture includes house plants as well as fruits and vegetables. For the artist out there, we have metal crafts, leather crafts, and bead crafts and photography. We also have categories featuring scrapbooking pages and rubber stamping. Paintings, ceramics, and needle-

point are part of the competition just to name a few. To get a list of interests, come by the OSU Cooperative Extension Office to pick up a fair book. So just how does your talent compare to other residents in the community? Just bring your exhibit to the Expo on Tuesday, (Sept. 3) from noon to 7 p.m. If you are an adult or are not in 4-H, you will be entering under the Open Class category. Exhibits will be judged on Wednesday and will be displayed from 8 a.m. Thursday through noon on Saturday, when they will be available for pick up. Two new competitions this year are the Wilton Decorated Cake Division and the Ball Fresh Preserving Award. The Ball Adult and Youth Food Preservation divisions will be judging the best entries in fruit, vegetable, pickle and soft spread categories. First- and second-place awards will be given to individuals in each category. Wilton Cakes will have awards for Adult and Youth divisions in decorated cakes and cupcakes. For magic show enthusiasts, The Marty Westerman Magic Show will be on Thursday evening in Room 101 of the Expo at 5:30 p.m. This same show will be repeated on Friday at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. on the cement side of the Expo. Also on Friday morning, the Pittsburg county OHCE groups will be showing educational exhibits for all ages. The animal exhibits are always among the most

popular attractions. While that will certainly be the case again this year, they are available for viewing on assigned days. The poultry, pigeons, rabbits and goats are available for Friday morning until 1 p.m. The cattle, sheep, and swine are available for viewing on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. Speaking of Saturday, the Annual Chili Cook-off will be held in the Expo kitchen at 10 a.m. You will need a copy of the recipe and a crock pot of chili (2-4 pounds) from three categories: Traditional (meat and seasoning only), Specialty, and Fire Alarm. Cost to participate is $10 per entry and the divisions are ages 9-18 and 19 and older. Individuals may enter in more than one category. Top winners will receive trophies and a cash prize. The chili will be available for sampling at noon by the general public. So, what are your memories of being at a county or state fair? Come join in the fun at the Pittsburg County Free Fair and find out. For a copy of the fair book, contact our office at 918-423-4120. See you at the fair! For more information in Pittsburg County, call 918-423-4120 or log onto www.oces.okstate.edu/pit tsburg. LaDell Emmons is the Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for the Pittsburg County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Contact her at ladell.emmons@okstate. edu.


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