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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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.