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Chinese panda experts to check on Yuan Yuan's pregnancy signs

Chinese panda experts to check on Yuan Yuan's pregnancy signs

Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Two panda experts flew to Taipei from China Tuesday to help the Taipei Zoo monitor giant panda Yuan Yuan, who has been showing signs of pregnancy lately, though zookeepers are yet not able to provide confirmation. A spokesman of the zoo said Tuesday that Yuan Yuan received two artificial inseminations on March 26 and 27. On June 11, zookeepers found the 11-year-old panda apparently losing her appetite and exhibiting other signs of pregnancy. As Yuan Yuan resisted an attempted ultrasound check, zookeepers are not yet able to confirm the pregnancy, the spokesman said. Yuan Yuan gave birth to her first cub, Yuan Zai, on July 6, 2013. The female panda was the result of numerous attempts by the Taipei Zoo to artificially inseminate Yuan Yuan. Yuan Yuan came to Taiwan together with a male panda Tuan Tuan in December 2008 as gifts from Beijing. The pandas, especially their offspring Yuan Zai, have become the most viewed animals at the Taipei Zoo. According to the spokesman, the delivery date is usually around one month after showing signs of pregnancy. The zookeepers will be able to identify whether Yuan Yuan is really pregnant or not within a week, and if it is confirmed, she may deliver the cub soon. The gestation of giant pandas ranges from 95 to 160 days. (By Ku Chuan and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-17 23:49 GMT+08:00