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D.C. Pandas Can’t Conceive Naturally, Get Help

Sure, all anyone is talking about these days relating to Washington, D.C., is the inauguration, but there are other things going on in our nation’s capital. Like giant pandas trying to make babies. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, two giant panda’s at the National Zoo, tried to mate throughout the day last Thursday without success. “Because competent mating did not occur,” a statement from the zoo said, vets had to insert some of Tian Tian’s semen into Mei Xiang’s uterus. You might be thinking that these kids just need a few more days of love-making, but, unfortunately, scientists believe giant pants are able to conceive only one or two days a year. And while the couple have successfully given birth to one baby panda, in 2005, they weren’t so lucky in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008. We’ll know in 90 to 185 days whether Mei Xiang is going to give birth. [Washington Post] Keep reading »

Panda Mating In BBC Documentary

The BBC and Chinese state television collaborated on a documentary showing giant pandas’ courtship in the wild, and it just might be the first time such images will appear on TV. Very exciting. The producer of the documentary Wild China says the mating calls sound like “Chewbaccas in a pub brawl.” But the guy pandas don’t have it easy. Not only do they have to fight off other men, they have to be ready for the two-day “peak receptive time” for female giant pandas. The male waits it out by eating bamboo. Perhaps the whole eating-chips-on-the-couch-while-watching-sports thing is the human equivalent of the pandas’ pre-sex waiting ritual. [BBC] Keep reading »

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