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U.K. Zoo's Pandas Meet For Date, But Will They Mate?

Offbeat  (tags: panda, giant panda, U.K., zoo, mate, fertility, couple, privacy, date, conservation, endangered )

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Zoo officials have created a private love nest for Britain's only pair of giant pandas in hope the fertility-challenged animals will mate - and Wednesday may be their last chance for quite a while.

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Xil L. (40)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 7:21 am
bit brief an encounter, dont you think?

Naoko I. (262)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 4:53 pm
Agreed, Xil.

Kathy Javens (104)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 7:57 am
I hope they have a little family in the near future! Thanks for the post, Naoko.

. (0)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 10:33 am
Is there a prayer for encouraging Pandas to have sex? The Jewish religion says there's a prayer for everything....

Robert O. (12)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 12:07 pm
We shall see. Thanks Naoko.

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 2:31 pm
Pandas have such difficulty with fertility and reproduction drive and skill. Even in the wild. For years science thought that something essential was lacking in their diet. They tried protein and vitamins and minerals, everything they could think of. Then they discovered that they increased success somewhat by letting the pandas view videos of other panda's courtship. Perhaps years ago they were not as solitary as they are now and required learning by example, rather than pure instinct.
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