The Week in Animal News: Missouri Bans Puppy Mills, Octopuses Feel the Sting of Fame, and More

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atlanta zoo giant panda with baby photo
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Catch up on the biggest news from the animal world this week, from the passing of a measure banning puppy mills and the birth of America's first baby panda this year, to animals facing unexpected threats from power lines, conservation areas, and Internet fame.

Zoo Atlanta Joins the Panda Baby Boom

Though other parts of the world have seen plenty of baby pandas this year, the wee one born at Zoo Atlanta this week is the only born in the U.S. in 2010.

On November 3, Lun Lun, a 13-year-old giant panda, gave birth to the cub (her third), which the zoo describes as "roughly the size of a cell phone." Giant pandas are an endangered species with fewer than 1,600 still in the wild -- and only 11 in American zoos.

Can't wait for the cub's spring debut? Check out the zoo's PandaCam for live streaming video of the mother and baby.

Credit: Zoo Atlanta