Edinburgh Zoo panda enclosure closed

It's not known for sure if Tian Tian is pregnant. Pic: Ian Georgeson
It's not known for sure if Tian Tian is pregnant. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Edinburgh Zoo’s panda enclosure has been closed to give Tian Tian some peace and quiet while the world waits for news of a possible panda birth.

Tian Tian is said to have developed a sensitivity to noise over the weekend which may or may not be related to pregnancy.

A spokeswoman for the zoo said the decision to reopen the viewing area to the public would be reassessed on a daily basis.

She said: “Tian Tian is still showing all the right signs that indicate pregnancy and has recently become fairly sensitive to noise, so with this in mind we are closing the panda enclosure so she can enjoy peace and quiet.”

It is still not known if Tian Tian is actually pregnant. She was artificially inseminated in April using semen from male panda Yang Guang and from a deceased panda named Bao Bao from Berlin Zoo.

Bookies have however stopped taking bets on a panda cub being born at Edinburgh Zoo after a “surge of interest” from punters.

William Hill closed betting yesterday after a flurry of bets convinced them a delivery was imminent.