In Brief: Zoo Berlin says panda Meng Meng is expecting

Zoo Berlin has confirmed giant panda Meng Meng is indeed expecting, following several weeks of uncertainty. In other news, patriarch and former CEO of Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piëch has died at the age of 82. Piëch is credited with helping VW and other brands establish a global presence in the auto industry.

Photo (c) Zoo Berlin

 

 

The patriarch of Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piëch, has died at age 82.

Piëch, the former CEO of Volkswagen, was the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, who designed the original Volkswagen beetle. Piëch was credited with helping to grow VW as well as additional brands, including Audi, and Porsche.

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And an update to a story we told you about earlier this month, staff at Zoo Berlin said a recent ultrasound video clearly shows that panda Meng Meng is pregnant.

The zoo said a baby could be expected in the coming weeks. Panda pregnancies vary in length, but a typical gestation period is three to six months.

Whether Meng Meng is carrying multiple babies is unclear. This would be the first baby panda born in Germany.

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It’s been nearly two years since the police watch at Alexanderplatz was established. Despite the additional police presence, there are still thousands of crimes committed around Alex each year.

According to the BZ, there have been more than 4,300 offenses reported since January, primarily bodily injuries or pickpockets.

It’s possible a similar police watch could be set up in additional locations, such as Warschauer Strasse or the RAW-Gelände area in Friedrichshain.

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Berlin residents and tourists teamed up on Monday to collect trash in Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg. It’s part of a new test project organized by Pankow and Mitte to help keep city districts clean.

Around 80 participants from around the world combined forces to clear the park.

In the coming weeks additional clean-up events are planned, again in Mauerpark as well as in the Ernst-Thälmann-Park, near the Berlin Greifswalder Straße S-bahn station.

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