Edinburgh Zoo panda set for ultrasound test

Pic Ian Rutherford
Pic Ian Rutherford
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EDINBURGH Zoo’s female giant panda is set to have an ultrasound scan within weeks to see if she is pregnant.

To carry out the test safely and successfully staff are rewarding her with regular bits of food while she is encouraged to lie still as colleagues test the ultrasound machine.

The Zoo has been waiting for months to find out if she is pregnant since she was artificially inseminated in April.

Gestation times for pandas vary greatly, between 95 days and 160 days.

Zoo sources said this week that an ultrasound test was scheduled for early next month.

Asked about the ultrasound test, a zoo spokeswoman said: “We are still training Tian Tian.”

Tian Tian was artificially inseminated in April after she failed to mate with Edinburgh’s male panda Yang Guang.