Aircraft noises ‘may cause panda to lose cub’

It is feared that aircraft noises could disturb Tian Tian. Picture: Jane Barlow

It is feared that aircraft noises could disturb Tian Tian. Picture: Jane Barlow

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AIRCRAFT are being urged to observe an informal no-fly zone over Edinburgh Zoo to avoid disturbing Tian Tian while she is pregnant.

Bosses at the zoo fear noise from low-flying planes and helicopters could risk the panda losing her cub. Now they have asked the Civil Aviation Authority to issue a Notice To Airmen, known as a NOTAM, usually used to flag up unexpected hazards such as cranes or changed communication procedures.

A zoo spokeswoman said: “Edinburgh Zoo has a NOTAM in place over its airspace to prevent disturbance to all animals in its collection.”

She said there were concerns about the breeding penguins as well. She added: “It is particularly relevant this time of year due to the regular increased activity of low-flying aircraft as a result of the festival.”