Edinburgh Zoo panda ‘still behaves as if pregnant’

Tian Tian is said to be still giving indications of a pregnancy. Picture:Neil Hanna
Tian Tian is said to be still giving indications of a pregnancy. Picture:Neil Hanna
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EDINBURGH’s giant panda is still behaving as though she is pregnant, zoo bosses said as their wait goes on for the arrival of a cub.

The zoo said they are still within the time-frame for a possible birth, but stressed that Tian Tian is “definitely not a textbook panda”.

Panda breeding is not an exact science and it remains “really difficult” to tell if a female panda is expecting a cub, the zoo said in a statement.

Tian Tian (Sweetie) has been keeping her keepers, and the public, guessing over her possible pregnancy since she was artificially inseminated in April.

In August, Edinburgh Zoo said she is showing encouraging signs of pregnancy. Tian Tian was later placed on 24-hour surveillance, with early expectations that she could give birth in late August or September. Now no-one can say for sure whether the panda is pregnant, or, if she is, when she might give birth.