106.7 The Fan All News 99.1 WNEW CBS Sports Radio 1580

National Zoo Performs Insemination On Giant Panda

View Comments
Tian Tian, the 275-pound male giant panda at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, moves around in his outdoor enclosure the day after the death of a six-day-old panda cub at the zoo.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Tian Tian, the 275-pound male giant panda at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, moves around in his outdoor enclosure the day after the death of a six-day-old panda cub at the zoo. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Latest News

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

WASHINGTON — A Chinese veterinarian has performed an artificial insemination on the National Zoo’s female giant panda, Mei Xiang.

Animal keepers detected a rise in panda hormone levels and breeding behaviors this week. A team of scientists performed the artificial insemination Saturday morning after animal keepers determined there was no natural breeding overnight between Mei Xiang and male panda Tian Tian.

Veterinarian Tang Chunxiang traveled from China’s Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda to assist with the breeding. The zoo says a second procedure will likely be performed later Saturday.

Photos: Mei Xiang Wants a Baby

Mei Xiang delivered a cub last year, but the tiny female died six days later. Her only surviving offspring, Tai Shan was born in 2005.

The panda house has been closed since Tuesday but reopens Sunday.

Follow WNEW on Twitter.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,548 other followers

Select a Live Stream