02 Feb '11, 2am

US pandas hold yearly romantic romp

US pandas hold yearly romantic romp

This combination of files images shows Giant Pandas Mei Xiang (left) and Tian Tian enjoying treats in their habitat at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington, DC. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - THE doors to the outside world were closed, the lights dimmed. Video cameras angled down from multiple locations, and a couple dozen onlookers watched intently. The two giant pandas at the National Zoo were about to have their first date in a year. And since the female, Mei Xiang, is only fertile for a couple of days annually, their mating ritual was closely monitored in the hopes that she and longtime mate Tian Tian would produce a cub come spring. 'That is the beauty of the panda breeding season. Everything happens in two or three days but it is always extremely intense,' said Pierre Comizzoli, a reproductive physiologist at the National Zoo in the US capital, Washin...

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