Edinburgh Zoo has announced today that their two Great Pandas have been put in the same enclosure as Panda breeding season begins, in hope that they will make some panda babies.
Tian Tian, the female panda will now be in the same enclosure as her male companion Yang Guang, for the first time since they came to Edinburgh from China last year. The online “pandacam” will be turned off and the Panda enclosure will not be open to the public, to give the couple utmost privacy – an idea some celebrities should adopt
In light of this strange news story, I have found some bizarre panda facts to share with you:
- Female pandas ovulate only once a year, meaning that there is only a 36 hour window for Tian Tian to get preggers.
- Giant Panda mothers are over 900 times bigger than Giant Panda cubs!
- Pandas spend up to 16 hours a day eating bamboo, and can’t go longer than 5 hours without food. Just like me.
- There are only 1000 pandas left in the wild, an 100 in captivity, which is why Edinbugh Zoo is keen to run a successful breeding programme.
- Pandas are one of only a few animals whose body parts are not used in Chinese medicine.
- The Panda’s conservation status is “Endangered”, meaning there is an immediate risk of the species becoming extinct, so let’s hope Tian Tian has a successful breeding season!
A panda pregnancy lasts between 85 to 100 days, so we may have a baby panda cub, by the end of the summer!