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Britain's love-shy panda Tian Tian artificially inseminated

Published on Apr 15, 2014 8:10 PM
 
Tian Tian ('sweetie') the female giant panda relaxes in her compound at Edinburgh Zoo on Aug 9, 2013. Britain's only female giant panda, Tian Tian, has been artificially inseminated after failing to mate with her male partner Yang Guang, Edinburgh Zoo said on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's only female giant panda, Tian Tian, has been artificially inseminated after failing to mate with her male partner Yang Guang, Edinburgh Zoo said on Tuesday.

Experts had been hopeful the pair, donated by China in 2011, would mate this breeding season but Tian Tian's hormone levels plummeted before they had the chance.

"Time restrictions meant we needed to move quickly to artificial insemination," said Mr Iain Valentine, director of giant pandas for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

The procedure took place on Sunday but it will not be clear whether Tian Tian is pregnant until she gives birth, which could be in August or September.

 
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