WHEN YOUR FAMILY CAN’T BE EX-PANDA-ED

Written by Uyen Le-Khuc

According to Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), the fourth attempt to help Jia Jia, a 10-year-old female panda and her 11-year-old mate, Kai Kai, conceive a baby through artificial insemination has failed. Sadly, even though artificial insemination helps secure the best quality of semen from Kai Kai and increase Jia Jia’s chance of conception, signs of Jia Jia’s possible pregnancy (increased moodiness and longer naps) prove to be only a display of pseudo-pregnancy. Any hope of mating or having another insemination is only possible in the next mating season, as Jia Jia ovulates once a year and has a fertility window span of just 24 to 36 hours. The chance of conception is also very low, given how pandas tend to lack experience in mating, or have never seen how it is done. Well, I guess unless Kai Kai and Jia Jia pick up the slack, the future of cute fluffy panda babies is still far away (sobs).

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