TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—As the male puma nicknamed “Johnson” at Taipei Zoo put his sex life on the back burner, the female puma “Miao Miao” was forced to take the initiative to mate and finally gave birth to three cute cubs.
The 13-year-old Johnson residing at the zoo’sTemperate Zone Animal Area has been single for years, but the three-year-old “Miao Miao” has matured sexually and begun to show signs of estrous behavior (heat), according to the zoo. She would let out sounds of “miao, miao” and had behaviors such as rolling on the ground and rubbing her sex organ.
But what was embarrassing was that Johnson is not interested in sex, and faced with such a passive male puma, Miao Miao would have to take the initiative, the zookeepers said. Even though Johnson’s sexual performance had room for improvement, and the rendezvous had been embarrassing, after several practices and mutual adjustments, the mission was finally completed. Miao Miao gave birth to three cute cubs on June 23, the zookeepers said. They said they could relate to the Chinese proverb, “The emperor is not worried, but the eunuchs are worried to death,” (皇帝不急，急死太監) which means that the person involved is calm and collected, but observers are very worried.
They said at first they were worried about if Miao Miao could take good care of the cubs, but it later proved that the worry was unwarranted as Miao Miao had been keeping the nest box very clean and had watched her babies attentively in the initial stage. When the cubs went out of the box to explore, Miao Miao would hold them by the teeth one by one, and took them home, showing great motherly love, the zookeepers added.