Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
World

Hopes Soar in Scotland: Edinburgh Zoo Panda May be Pregnant

Tian Tian and male panda Yang Guang, who are both 14, arrived in Edinburgh on a decade-long loan from China in 2011 and are the only giant pandas in Britain

Tian Tian, the United Kingdom's at Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland, photo: PA/Danny Lawson, via AP
4 months ago

LONDON – The only female giant panda in Britain is believed to be pregnant, Edinburgh Zoo said Thursday.

The zoo said Tian Tian “is being closely monitored,” but it’s unclear when she will give birth. The zoo said “it’s hard to predict precisely and the panda breeding season can last until late September.”

Tian Tian and male panda Yang Guang, who are both 14, arrived in Edinburgh on a decade-long loan from China in 2011 and are the only giant pandas in Britain.

Tian Tian, or Sweetie, has been pregnant several times before in the U.K. but has never given birth. She had twin cubs in China in 2009.

Giant pandas have difficulty breeding and their pregnancies are notoriously difficult to follow. Their fetuses are tiny and hard to detect, and the animals also experience “pseudo-pregnancies” during which behavior and hormonal changes indicate they are pregnant even when they are not.

The zoo’s statement came after the Edinburgh Evening News used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain correspondence between the zoo and Scottish government disclosing that Tian Tian had been artificially inseminated and could give birth as early as this week.

In a July 25 email, Iain Valentine, panda director at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said he thought Tian Tian was about 30 days away from giving birth.

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
Latest News

Israeli, French leaders tangle over US J ...

3 days ago
Entertainment

Queens of the Stone Age singer apologize ...

3 days ago
Latest News

US Nobel laureate worries politics could ...

3 days ago
Latest News

Shelby bucks Alabama GOP leaders in voti ...

3 days ago
Most Popular

Up to 90 Million More Takata Airbag Infl ...

By The Associated Press
Business

Mexico's Industries seek U.S. Partner Co ...

By Rosalba Amezcua
Business

Empowering Women's Financial Stability

By Rosalba Amezcua
Business

Scandal-plagued Toshiba Sells Medical Un ...

By The Associated Press
Business

South Korean Export Bank to Give $200 mi ...

By Notimex
Business