Pandas finally mated after 10 years when zoo was closed for visitors

Because of the rampant spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, many establishments were forced to close and stop its operations. One of these is the zoo which is home to many species of animals.

As for this pair of Pandas in Hong Kong, the closure of the zoo they are in is their rare chance to multiply their own kind.

According to Shanghaiist, the zookeepers at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park have been repeatedly trying to make 14-year-old pandas Ying Ying and Le Le mate naturally for the past 10 years. Unfortunately, their efforts were all in vain.

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What they did not expect was the zoo being closed to visitors since late January will be the key for the pair to finally have a change in their behavior toward each other.

“Since late March, Ying Ying began spending more time playing in the water, while Le Le has been leaving scent-markings around his habitat and searching the area for Ying Ying’s scent,” reads a statement from the zoo.

After announcing this, Ocean Park proudly confirmed that the two pandas had succeeded in natural mating on Monday morning.

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“The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination,” said the zoo which promises to keep us all updated about this momentous occasion.

Although this pandemic has a negative effect to the majority of the world, it is good to know that it also has some indirect positive effect to our environment just like this rare mating of pandas.