Japanese Zoo Sees Birth of Giant Panda Cub by Artificial Insemination

August 28, 2008 / No Comments

pandajapan 260x300 Japanese Zoo Sees Birth of Giant Panda Cub by Artificial Insemination

A Giant Panda gave birth to a cub in Japan at the Oji Zoo. It was the first time in 20 years that a panda cub was successfully bred by artificial insemination. Two experts came from China’s Sichuan province to help with the procedure. Apparently the sexy panda videos didn’t work.

The last panda bred by artificial insemination in Japan was in 1988 at Ueno Zoo. The sex of the newcomer is not known. The little critter is just 25 cm long and weighs just 100 grams. (10″ 3.5 oz)

Parents are Dan Dan and Xing Xing. Panda’s in captivity often have low sex drive. I reckon I wouldn’t be too interested in doing “it” either if everyone was watching, would you?

China wants to lease two pandas to Japan’s Ueno Zoo since Ling Ling died but the doubters question China’s good will intention. Can’t have good intentions, now can we?

What do you think of helping animals to breed?