Randy pandas get privacy at Tokyo zoo

Mar 07, 2013
Male and female giant pandas, "Ri Ri" (top) and "Shin Shin", are shown at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Park, March 25, 2012. The pandas are being given a bit of space, with Japanese zookeepers hoping they will mate if the public is kept away.

A pair of pandas in the mood for mating were being given a bit of space Thursday with Japanese zookeepers hoping they will mate on if the public was kept away.

Female panda Shin Shin has begun to display the tell-tale behaviour of being ready for action, say officials at Ueno Zoo in the Japanese capital, who add they want her and her beau Ri Ri to have enough privacy to do the deed.

"We have seen Shin Shin showing signs that she is in heat, so we have suspended and are getting ready to put her and Ri Ri together," said Mikako Kaneko.

"As female are able to conceive for just a few days during a year, we are now carefully watching them so that we won't let the chance slip away," she added.

Shin Shin's provocative panda behaviour has included walking more frequently than usual and making noises, the zoo said.

Shin Shin and Ri Ri had a cub last year—the first cub at the zoo in 24 years—but it died of about a week later, with the news stopping regular television programming and bringing the zoo director to tears.

Explore further: Meteorite that doomed dinosaurs remade forests

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

6-day-old panda dies of pneumonia at Tokyo zoo

Jul 11, 2012

(AP) — A baby giant panda died at a Tokyo zoo on Wednesday, less than a week after becoming the first to be born at the facility in 24 years. The birth had created excitement across Japan, and the nation ...

Pandas mate with help at the National Zoo

Mar 24, 2008

U.S. veterinarians have artificially inseminated Mei Xiang, a female giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, after natural mating was unsuccessful.

Thai zoo's 1st baby panda goes on display

Jul 04, 2009

(AP) -- Thousands of excited visitors flocked Saturday to a zoo in northern Thailand for the first public viewing of a baby panda, which has been featured on Thai front pages almost every day since her birth ...

Recommended for you

Meteorite that doomed dinosaurs remade forests

14 hours ago

The meteorite impact that spelled doom for the dinosaurs 66 million years ago decimated the evergreens among the flowering plants to a much greater extent than their deciduous peers, according to a study ...

New camera sheds light on mate choice of swordtail fish

16 hours ago

We have all seen a peacock show its extravagant, colorful tail feathers in courtship of a peahen. Now, a group of researchers have used a special camera developed by an engineer at Washington University in ...

App helps homeowners identify spiders

19 hours ago

Each autumn the number of spiders seen indoors suddenly increases as males go on the hunt for a mate. The Society of Biology is launching a new app to help the public learn more about the spiders that will ...

User comments : 0