Japan zoo gives pandas privacy as mating season starts
Published on Mar 5, 2014 5:51 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - A Tokyo zoo is to shutter its panda display in an effort to encourage the famously lethargic creatures to concentrate on mating without the distraction of spectators, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
Starting Thursday, Shin Shin and her companion Ri Ri will be given a bit of alone time at Ueno Zoo after she began exhibiting signs that she was ready to procreate.
"Shin Shin is moving around more often and bleating like a sheep, a sign that it is mating season," the spokesman said.
"The two have good chemistry and we all hope the couple will bear a healthy new baby," she said.
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