Hopes for panda mating fades

Edinburgh Zoo has warned that the chances of Britain's only pandas successfully mating this year "have decreased." Yang Guang and Tian Tian may be given one last opportunity tomorrow morning. Female pandas only ovulate once a year.

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Pandas fail to mate

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Tian Tian and Yang Guang had a window of just 36 hours to mate Credit: PA

Britain's only pandas have run out of time to mate as their limited breeding season drew to a close.

Tian Tian and Yang Guang had a window of just 36 hours to mate and despite "natural sparks" flying between them, the pair did not do the deed.

Keepers at Edinburgh Zoo hoped for one final chance to put them together today but test results late last night showed a drop in the female bear's hormone levels.

They met five times on Tuesday and several times again yesterday and had shown signs of attraction to each other. However, the zoo said the level of interest had passed and limited breeding behaviour was seen in both pandas this morning.

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Last chance for Edinburgh pandas to mate

Britain's only pandas have just one more chance to breed successfully, as time runs out.

On Wednesday "natural sparks" flew between Yang Guang and Tian Tian, but the pair failed to mate, as the female bear's limited window of fertility draws to a close.

Pandas Tian Tian (left) and Yang Guang in their enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo.
Pandas Tian Tian (left) and Yang Guang in their enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo. Credit: Press Association

Keepers at Edinburgh Zoo opened a "love tunnel" between their enclosures after tests showed Tian Tian had ovulated.

They met five times on Tuesday and "several times" on Wednesday but failed to ignite the "spark".

The pandas will have a final chance to mate on Thursday but keepers are losing hope that Tian Tian will get pregnant this year.

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Edinburgh Zoo: No panda mating yet

Edinburgh Zoo says the chances of pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang producing babies this year has "decreased."

Although the furry pair have hit it off and have a definite attraction, no full mating has been seen to date.

The pandas will have one or two final meetings later this afternoon and potentially early this evening, however chances of the panda pair achieving a successful mating this year have decreased.

– Edinburgh Zoo