Australian zoo hoping for first panda birth Down Under
SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian zoo said on Wednesday that it was hoping for the first successful panda birth in the southern hemisphere as it prepares one of its giant animals for artificial insemination.
Adelaide Zoo's pandas Wang Wang and Funi have failed to conceive naturally in the previous two seasons and the zoo's veterinarian David McLelland is not taking any chances this time given the very short window of opportunity.
"We are hoping for a natural mating as it is clear our pair are compatible," he said. "However, young age and inexperience has prevented a successful mating in the two previous breeding seasons.
"Artificial insemination will be used alongside natural breeding attempts and is a vital breeding technique due to pandas' unique reproductive biology with a very short reproductive window of 48-72 hours."