'Cooperative And Active': Panda Couple Mates In France
Sumaira FH 21 days ago Mon 22nd March 2021 | 12:00 AM
SaintAignansurCher, France, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Mar, 2021 ) :A couple of giant pandas in captivity engaged in a rare weekend of love-making with the hoped-for result, an even rarer panda offspring, still too early to call, a French zoo said on Sunday.
Female pandas are fertile only 24 to 48 hours per year and, in the wild, usually give birth every two years.
But in captivity, the tiny window of opportunity thwarts most attempts to procreate, as male pandas often appear to lose interest in the act or, lacking practice, don't know how to perform.
But, as it turned out, the Beauval couple were "cooperative and rather active" as they got close, the zoo reported.
Yuan Zi was "more at ease with the approach and the mating than in previous years", while Huan Huan, in heat, was "very interested".
The pandas' keepers and vets won't be holding their breath for success, as there are no guarantees of pregnancy even after several rounds of amorous activity.
"He has a better idea of what to do," he said.
But for good measure the team added an artificial insemination during the night with the help of German specialists flown in for the operation which involved anaesthetising the pandas briefly.
Any pregnancy should be detected within two weeks, but even that would not necessarily spell success, as pandas often experience pseudo-pregnancies that fail to produce an embryo.