WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Zoo officials are taking animal lovers behind the bars for the various stages of pregnancy of one of its giant pandas.
National Zoo announced it will be live-tweeting Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) as she follows the necessary steps in becoming pregnant. Employees will by live-tweeting the results of an ultrasound on Monday at 10 a.m. provided that Mei Xiang cooperates.
This isn’t the first time Twitter coverage granted inside zoo access. Followers watched on Twitter as veterinarians performed artificial insemination on Mei Xiang in April. Scientists and veterans determined artificial insemination was necessary after no competent natural breeding occurred between her and the zoo’s male giant panda, Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN).
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute confirmed the female panda has elevated hormone levels in her urine, suggesting she is either 40 to 50 days away from giving birth or experiencing a “pseudopregnancy.” A pseudopregnancy happens when a panda ovulates but does not conceive. The Mei Xiang has not given birth since 2005, when her only cub Tai Shan was born.
While we are waiting here's a photo of our male giant panda, Tian Tian. It's his birthday today! http://t.co/uzoDIofJ—
National Zoo (@NationalZoo) August 27, 2012