THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Get a room! Tokyo zoo’s bashful pandas try for a baby

Get a room! Tokyo zoo’s bashful pandas try for a baby

JAPAN: Two giant pandas at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo have been given some private time in a bid to create a romantic environment in which the bashful creatures can mate.

animalssex
By AFP

Friday 12 February 2016, 01:00PM


Male giant panda Ri Ri (right) and female giant panda Shin Shin (left) walk in their enclosure at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo Tuesday. Photo: Jiji/AFP

Male giant panda Ri Ri (right) and female giant panda Shin Shin (left) walk in their enclosure at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo Tuesday. Photo: Jiji/AFP

Public viewing was halted last week in the hope that male Ri Ri – who zookeepers confirmed has looked friskier in recent days – will take advantage of the fleeting window that female Shin Shin is in heat.

“There’s really only a couple of days a year when a panda can get pregnant,” a spokesman from Ueno Zoo’s education department said.

“Pandas are solitary animals and the only time you will see them together is the mating season.

“Usually they just sit apart from each other chewing their food, but Ri Ri has been looking more amorous of late.”

The cuddly creatures, both 10 years old, have a choice of two rooms in which to snuggle up to one another, although officials insist they will not interfere with the courting process.

“There is a spare recreational room for them out the back,” said the spokesman. “But we won’t be giving them any special food or dimming the lights for them.

“Nobody knows what kind of mood to create for animals to feel romantic,” he added. “They don’t just get into the mood with soft lighting like humans.”

BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET

Shin Shin, who was brought from China five years ago, just before the devastating tsunami in Japan’s north-east, gave birth to a baby in 2012 but the cub died from pneumonia six days later. She had a phantom pregnancy in 2013 and the pandas have not bred since.

Giant pandas are notoriously clumsy at mating, with males said to be bad at determining when a female is in the right frame of mind and often befuddled at knowing what to do next.

In the event the animals do feel compatible, sex is frequently over too quickly to impregnate the female, who is only receptive to the proposition for two or three days a year between February and May.

“It’s true the females are picky,” the zoo spokesman said. “In their natural habitat, they get to select the male.”

According to estimates, less than 2,000 giant pandas remain in the wild, in three provinces in south-central China.

Should Shin Shin rebuff Ri Ri’s advances for a third straight year, Ueno Zoo will consider artificial insemination, the official confirmed.

“It remains an option but we’ll see how they get on first,” he said.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Govt waives visa fees, not visas, for Chinese, Indian visitors

so which other countries are exempt ? full story please --------------------------------- The MFA...(Read More)


MP Sira warns Governor of Amlo complaint over Phuket condo project

Reading again the word 'fairness' make me puke. That is a word used here for arranging matte...(Read More)


MP Sira warns Governor of Amlo complaint over Phuket condo project

Seems like he has been cut out of the project and is abusing his position over sour grapes. Nothing ...(Read More)


After death threats, Bangkok MP fires up legal action over Phuket condo project

One wonders why a Bangkok MP is sticking his nose into Phuket issues. He clearly didn't get his...(Read More)


After death threats, Bangkok MP fires up legal action over Phuket condo project

Dear K. Cheewapap, Why are you allowing hundreds of rai in the Sirinart Nat'l Forest Reserve al...(Read More)


Three underpasses to close for electrical works

So, no reason given as to why the "metres[sic]" were not installed before the tunnels were...(Read More)


Smith's Ashes run-spree sparks Bradman comparisons

The comparison to Bradman itself is baloney. They never had batting helmets in the old days, bats we...(Read More)


Smith's Ashes run-spree sparks Bradman comparisons

The Captain of the Australian Team IS supposed to be perfect, in regards to not intentionally cheati...(Read More)


Smith's Ashes run-spree sparks Bradman comparisons

It wasn't a mistake by Smith. It was intentional cheating that he as Captain of the Australian t...(Read More)