Edinburgh Zoo say panda ‘still looks pregnant’

Tian Tian may or may not be about to give birth. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Tian Tian may or may not be about to give birth. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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EDINBURGH ZOO bosses insist Tian Tian is still showing signs of being pregnant, meaning hope of a panda cub this year may not be lost.

Simon Girling, Head of Veterinary Services for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said until they know for sure either way, they would continue to treat her as if she is about to give birth.

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“We know it seems hard to believe after all this time, but Tian Tian, our female giant panda, is still continuing to show signs of being in the late term of pregnancy. Her behaviour has mellowed out over the past few days, which is a very positive sign and she has also started to produce colostrum.

“As pandas experiencing a pseudo-pregnancy also produce colostrum and behave just as a pregnant panda would, these signs are still not 100 per cent indicative of pregnancy, but while Tian Tian continues to show signs of late term pregnancy, we will continue to treat her in that way, which means allowing her to enjoy time off show while keepers monitor her around the clock.”