Friday, March 11, 2005
The National Zoo's giant pandas made several attempts to mate yesterday, even as animal care staff prepared to turn to artificial means to try to achieve a panda cub birth.
The celebrated panda pair were put together yesterday morning and afternoon, but their mating attempts were unsuccessful, according to zoo scientists. If 'effective mating' did not occur during the night, zoo officials said, they would resort to artificial insemination this morning.
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