Zoo’s Captive Panda Shows Signs of Pregnancy
The Taipei Zoo female panda, sent by the mainland government to Taiwan, is showing signs of being pregnant after a successful artificial insemination. Yuan Yuan the panda was seen sleepy in the past days and has been refusing to be handled by the zookeepers.
These are clear signs of pregnancy, but still the zoo needs to do check ups and no fetal movement has been detected yet when the zoo did a ultrasound test on the panda. Right now Yuan Yuan sleeps for almost fifteen hours a day.
Yuan Yuan together with a male panda Tuan Tuan were given to Taiwan to improve ties in both between them and the mainland. The pandas came from Sichuan, which is the main habitat of the two animals. A delegation from Sichuan was sent together with experts to visit and help take care of the two pandas.
The Taipei Zoo staff artificially inseminated the female panda after the male didn’t show any interested in mating. Pandas go on heat only once a year so the keepers had to act fast. Reproduction among captive pandas is a problem and the use of artificial insemination has long been practiced. Pandas are among the animals on the endangered species list, as of today only 1,590 pandas are living in the wild, mostly found in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.