Pregnancy detection and fetal monitoring via ultrasound in a giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.20022.abs Transabdominal ultrasound was used to monitor the reproductive tract of a female giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) for three consecutive breeding seasons starting in 2001. Parturition did not occur in 2001 or 2002. In 2003, uterine enlargement was noted 109 days after natural mating occurred. A twin pregnancy was detected via transabdominal ultrasound 134 […]

Positive and negative gestational handling influences placental traits and mother-offspring behavior in dairy goats

Dairy animals are subjected to a number of potential stressors throughout their lives, including daily interactions with humans. The quality of these interactions may have direct consequences for the animal undergoing the experience, but if such events occur during gestation it may also affect the developing fetus. This study examined the effects of differential handling […]