Panda pornography - what the heck is that all about?
Giant Panda researchers in China recently decided to screen some steamy "panda porn" to get Ke Lin, a 5yo female giant panda, in the mood for love.
As the South China Morning Post notes, researchers at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province, China, had become concerned after Ke Lin repeatedly rejected attempts by her male companion Yong Yong to mate with her. They feared that she would miss her annual oestrus cycle, which only lasts for three days a year.
Panicked, the researchers decided to play a video of pandas mating in the wild to pique Ke Lin's interest.
Incredibly, the "panda porn" tactic appeared to work. According to ChinaNews.com, Ke Lin was "fascinated" by the sexy video. She is said to have watched it attentively, before finally allowing Yong Yong to mate with her. (Wonder if they shared a cigarette afterwards?)
"In the wild, Ke Lin would have seen lots of other pandas mating but in captivity, it's no wonder she needed help," a spokesman for the breeding centre said, according to the SCMP.
Researchers added this was the first time they had screened "panda porn" to encourage mating.
Due to the widespread destruction of their natural habitat, "most giant pandas are now bred in captivity," reports the SCMP. But unfortunately, many pandas are said to "lose sexual interest once domesticated."
"Where are the baboons?" my companion asked.
"Oh, they're inside" said the attendant "it's the mating season, you know" he added.
"Do you think they'll come out if we gave them a piece of banana?" she asked.
"Would you?" the attendant replied...
Interesting fact - Atoms have mass apparently. I didn't know they were Catholic!
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