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Giant panda loaned to France by China is pregnant again: zoo

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Female panda Huan Huan (left) and male panda Huan Zi meet during an attempt to mate the pair in their enclosure at the Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan, Central France, on March 20. AFP

Giant panda loaned to France by China is pregnant again: zoo

Huan Huan, a giant panda on loan to France by Beijing since 2012, is pregnant again and could soon grace the country with her second cub, the Beauval zoo in central France said on Tuesday.

“An ultrasound a few hours ago confirmed the presence of a panda embryo,” a spokesman said, adding that birth could occur late this month or in early August.

Panda reproduction, in captivity or in the wild, is notoriously difficult because the female panda is in heat only once a year for about 48 hours.

Huan Huan and her partner Yuan Zi – the star attractions at Beauval – thrilled zoo officials in March when they managed to make “contact”, as they put it, eight times in a weekend.

Veterinarians also carried out an artificial insemination, just to be sure.

That technique was used on Huan Huan for the birth of her first cub, Yuan Meng, in 2017, the first panda ever born in France.

Now grown to around his mother’s size, he is to be sent this year to China, where around 2,000 pandas live in the wild and a further 500 are in captivity.

The number of pandas worldwide has rebounded since the black-and-white bear was declared an endangered animal in the 1980s, thanks to efforts to protect it and its habitat.

The gestation period varies from three to five months.

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