GIANT Panda Tian Tian has been attacking her new hammock in a bid to shed “excess” weight put on during her unsuccessful pregnancy.
Edinburgh Zoo released video footage showing the Giant panda attacking, biting and playing with the large hammock recently installed in her indoor enclosure.
Bosses took the opportunity to refurbish Yang Guang and Tian Tian’s “on show” dens while the pair were taken off display to visitors due to the panda pregnancy. Tian Tian eventually lost the cub she was carrying.
Iain Valentine, Director of Giant Pandas, revealed in a blog that she was believed to be working off excess weight.
He said: “As of last week Tian Tian was given access back into her on-show den and after an initial bout of shyness towards her new hammock she seems to have finally made friends with it and over last weekend seems to have thrown herself well and truly into the spirit of things and was quite often caught either attacking-in a friendly way-the hammock or doing somersaults on the floor underneath it (who says that pandas sleep most of the time).
“Tian Tian is still picking her way at bamboo and hasn’t fully returned to eating her “normal“ amounts but she is still above her baseline weight of around the 95kgs so she has some ”spare” weight which she has obviously decided needs her attention before winter.”
The zoo also said Yang Guang, who has been off-show due to suffering a metabolic illness, was making good progress - but had become a fussy eater, insisting only on fresh cut bamboo being harvested from sites around the zoo itself.
Mr Valentine said: “Yang Guang continues to improve but we are giving both him and us more time off show in order to make sure he is fully back to health before he makes his appearance again. He is eating very well but annoyingly, for our gardens team, has decided that only fresh cut bamboo is suitable for him at this time hence the reason why the supply of bamboo around the zoo is slowly being cut down… but then again that’s why we have planted so much of it!”