Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Zoo Attempt to Breed Giant Pandas from China by Artificial Insemination

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Zoo Attempt to Breed Giant Pandas from China by Artificial Insemination

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Calgary Zoo hoping for pitter patter of little pandas

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CALGARY - The Calgary Zoo is hoping to hear the pitter patter of little pandas.

The zoo says it will attempt to breed giant pandas Er Shun and Da Mao in the coming weeks, but artificial insemination will be required as the pair have proven incompatible.

Members of the zoo's animal care and veterinary teams will begin monitoring Er Shun's hormone levels under the guidance of a panda reproductive specialist from China.

"Female pandas only ovulate for three days out of the year so it's a very small window we have to capture," Colleen Baird, a zoo spokeswoman said Wednesday.

"We will inseminate her two to three times."

Er Shun gave birth to cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue in October 2015 at the Toronto Zoo. …

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