January 24, 2021

Coronavirus: Pandas mate in lockdown at Hong Kong zoo after ten years trying

A baby panda may have been conceived at Ocean Park in Hong Kong while the zoo is in lockdown due to coronavirus.

Two resident pandas, Ying Ying and Le Le, managed to successfully mate on Monday morning – and they’ve been struggling for a while.

The zoo says the pandas have been making attempts since 2010 with little success, but managed to succeed through “years of trial and learning”.

With Ocean Park closed to the public, the pair made the most of the privacy.

Michael Boos, the executive director of conservation at Ocean Park says staff at the park are excited by the prospect of a baby panda.

“The chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination,” he says in a statement.

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