Singapore’s giant pandas mate for the first time

A giant panda at Singapore Zoo.

A giant panda at Singapore Zoo. Image by Lynn Chan / CC BY 2.0

Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia have officially crossed their first mating season at Singapore  Zoo’s River Safari. To encourage mating, keepers varied daylight hours and temperature in the panda exhibit to simulate the transition from winter to spring in the panda’s Sichuan homeland. However, seven-year-old Kai Kai reportedly ‘didn’t know what to do’ when both pandas were introduced for the first time, and the pair’s 40-minute romp did not appear to be successful. Given female pandas ovulate just once a year, five-year-old Jai Jai was artificially inseminated to increase her chances of conceiving. Zoologists will be able to check for signs of an embryo in approximately three months. Read more:

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