William Hill close book on Panda pregnancy

While Edinburgh Zoo officials cannot confirm she is pregnant, bookmakers William Hill have stopped taking bets on Giant Panda Tian Tian giving birth this year.  Pic Ian Rutherford
While Edinburgh Zoo officials cannot confirm she is pregnant, bookmakers William Hill have stopped taking bets on Giant Panda Tian Tian giving birth this year. Pic Ian Rutherford
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A BOOKIES has closed their betting on a baby Giant Panda being born at Edinburgh Zoo this year after a surge of interest.

While staff at the Zoo are still unable to say with complete confidence that Tian Tian is definitely pregnant, all the signs from hormone testing, as well as her recent behaviour, suggest she is about to give birth to the first Giant Panda cub ever born in Scotland.

And bookmakers William Hill have had so many bets in recent days that they have now closed their betting on the birth.

The flurry of bets also points towards Tian Tian having twins, a bet which was originally quoted at 25/1 and is now just even money.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “The Panda betting has been very quiet for a fortnight and we thought that it was probably a false alarm. But we have had a number of enquires today from the Edinburgh area and we could see a baby Tian Tian any time now.”

And while still taking bets, fellow bookmakers Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on Tian Tian giving birth this week.

The bookies are offering just 2/1 that Tian Tian gives birth to a panda cub this week, or 4/1 that she will go into labour from Sunday onwards.

One loyal Scottish punter has placed £100 on Tian Tian giving birth to a male cub any day now at even money.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Tian Tian’s kept us waiting but punters are convinced the week has finally arrived for her to give birth.”