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World Pandas mate for the 1st time in 10 years after zoo closes to public over coronavirus

02:30  08 april  2020
02:30  08 april  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Two pandas in Hong Kong mated for the first time in 10 years after the zoo shut its doors to the public over the novel coronavirus outbreak. The park had been closed since January due to the coronavirus spread, which has infected more than 1.3 million people globally.

Two pandas have managed to mate since their zoo shut down over the coronavirus outbreak, after a decade of trying. The Hong Kong zoo said its resident The zoo — which has been temporarily shut since January due to the coronavirus outbreak — said they could start detecting signs of pregnancy

Two pandas in Hong Kong mated for the first time in 10 years after the zoo shut its doors to the public over the novel coronavirus outbreak.

a panda bear sitting on a rock: Giant pandas Ying Ying and Le Le before mating at Ocean Park in Hong Kong on April 6, 2020. © Handout/Ocean Park Hong Kong/AFP via Getty Images Giant pandas Ying Ying and Le Le before mating at Ocean Park in Hong Kong on April 6, 2020.

Ying Ying and Le Le, both 14 years old, had attempted to mate since 2010 but never managed to successfully do so, according to a press release from Ocean Park.

Yet in late March, Ying Ying, the female, began to show signs that her hormonal levels were changing and Le Le, the male, left scent-markings around his habitat while searching for Ying Ying's scent. The zoo noted this is common behavior during breeding season, which occurs between March and May.

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Public profile. A middle-aged couple of giant pandas in a Hong Kong theme park have mated for the first time in more than 10 years , after finally enjoying a period of privacy thanks to the coronavirus Edinburgh zoo specialists say panda should have gone into labour over weekend.

Zoo officials announced Monday that after 10 years of attempts at natural mating , and "through trial and learning," the two have finally succeeded. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the park has been closed to visitors since late January. Staff noticed certain behaviors in the two giant pandas that are

On Monday at 9 a.m. local time, the two pandas successfully mated, the zoo said.

The park had been closed since January due to the coronavirus spread, which has infected more than 1.3 million people globally.

"The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination,” Michael Boos, executive director in zoological operations and Conservation at Ocean Park, said in a statement.

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It is still too early to tell whether Ying Ying is pregnant. The gestation period for giant pandas ranges between 72 and 324 days. The earliest a pregnancy can be detected is 14 to 17 days before birth. 

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While some people wait until at least the third date to sleep with someone, these two giant pandas waited a whole 10 years before doing the dirty. With the species currently classed as ‘vulnerable’, zoos across the globe are actively trying to encourage them to breed, but giant pandas are

As a zoo in Hong Kong closed to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic, two giant pandas who hadn't mated after a decade of attempts finally Zoo officials hope the mating will bring a pregnancy later in the year for Ying Ying. The zoo said the gestation period for giant pandas ranges between 72

"We hope to bear wonderful pregnancy news to Hong Kongers this year and make further contributions to the conservation of this vulnerable species," Boos said.

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