Filmmakers for the PBS series Nature captured what is believed to be the first courtship ritual and mating of giant pandas in the wild.
As the two males thrash around on the ground, a female watches from a tree. Pandas are only fertile for a few days, so competition between males is intense
A week later the camera finds the female again, this time mating with the younger challenger. ‘He sniffs, licks the ground, and drools. She’s come into estrus and is finally ready,’ the narrator announces
Pandas are typically solitary creatures, sticking to one area. But during their mating season, between the end of winter and the beginning of spring, they’ll travel for miles a day in search of a mate
In April, Le Le and Ying Ying, residents of Hong Kong’s Ocean Park Zoo ‘succeeded in natural mating’ for the first time ever,’ the zoo said in a statement.
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Four-month-old baby giant panda Xiang Xiang is pictured getting a physical examination at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on October 10, 2017