In what is sure to be the strangest episode of Maury yet, any cub born to Edinburgh Zoo’s panda Tian Tian will require a paternity test, the Telegraph reports.
The zoo announced this week that nine year old Tian Tian is showing “changes in behaviour” that may indicate pregnancy. However, partner Yang Guang is not necessarily the father.
Like many of his species and gender, Yang Guang was unable to perform when the pressure was on, so keepers used artificial insemination in an attempt to impregnate Tian Tian. In order to increase the chance of conception, Yang Guang’s sperm was mixed with a frozen sample of another panda, Bao Bao, from a zoo in Germany.
The German interloper may prove to be the biological father of Tian Tian’s cub. If she gives birth to twins, they may have different fathers.
There will be no emotional reuniting with their estranged parent for any offspring of Tian Tian and Bao Bao, the German died in Berlin last year.
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