Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia to get their privacy as they enter mating season

Kai Kai and Jia Jia in a courtship ‘dance’ before coming together to mate.
Kai Kai and Jia Jia in a courtship ‘dance’ before coming together to mate. PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Kai Kai cheekily puts on a show for Jia Jia.
Kai Kai cheekily puts on a show for Jia Jia.PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Jia Jia (behind the gate) and Kai Kai enjoying each other's company.
Jia Jia (behind the gate) and Kai Kai enjoying each other's company. PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - The public will not be able to see giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia in their River Safari exhibit from Friday (March 31) to Sunday, but for a perfectly understandable reason: privacy.

The two pandas were brought together in their dens for natural mating on Thursday, after Jia Jia's hormonal levels indicated she was in the mood for love.

Artificial insemination will be carried out after natural mating to maximise the chances of a successful insemination, the River Safari said in a press release.

Assisting the veterinary team at River Safari will be a team led by Prof Ng Soon Chye, an obstetrics and gynaecology specialist internationally renowned for his expertise in reproductive medicine.

This will be the giant pandas' third attempt at natural mating. Their previous attempts in 2015 and 2016 proved fruitless, while attempts at artificial insemination also failed.

 

Veterinarians had previously given both pandas a clean bill of health during their annual check-up, which included collecting urine samples, dental and eye checks, as well as X-rays of female Jia Jia's abdomen.