Japan's pandas back on display after mating season: Zoo
TOKYO (AFP) - A Tokyo zoo put its pandas back on display Friday after keepers decided mating season was over, with well wishers hoping their two attempts would bear fruit.
Shin Shin and her companion Ri Ri were given privacy earlier this week after they started showing signs of being in season, with managers at Ueno Zoo saying the notoriously shy animals would have more success away from prying eyes.
Two successful couplings - one on Monday evening and one the following morning - raised hopes that Shin Shin might have conceived.
Footage of one episode was put on the zoo's website and was also broadcast on mainstream news programmes "We will continue monitoring her to see whether she is pregnant," said the zoo on its website.