06 Apr '12, 6am

Awkward Panda Romance Ends Without Success

Awkward Panda Romance Ends Without Success

Cupid must be a misguided conservationist; he doesn't like shooting pandas. In recent days, keepers at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland had been delighted to find that the two Giant Pandas in their care seemed to have a spark, igniting hopes that the endangered species pair would set about in the business of making a baby panda. But these things, shall we say, are complicated. Suffice it to say, pandas are not the most amorous of creatures. Female pandas, in this case an 8-year-old named Tian Tian, have a window of fertility that lasts a mere 36 hours -- meaning male pandas like Yang Guang, her intended, must be master romancers if they have any intention of saving their species by reproducing. Talk about pressure. Like a gaggle of gawking friends to a potential romantic pair in junior high school, zookeepers did their best to set the mood for Tian Tian and Yang Guang -- and ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/panda-romanc...

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