The latest news involving the sexual antics of China’s most prized creatures comes from the Yan’an Bifengxia Base at the Sichuan Giant Panda Research Center, where two pairs of giant pandas were recently brought together to mate.
One of the pairs included Yi Bao (male) and Jin Xin (female), who were recorded mating for one minute and 20 seconds. The duo were put to shame by one Lu Lu (male) and Zhen Zhen (female) who mated for a grand total of seven minutes and 45 seconds, a new record for this year (and longer than the average man in Cuba), according to breeders at the center.
While it may seem bizarre for breeders to intensively observe pandas mounting one another for minutes on end (well, not in Yi Bao’s case), it’s actually crucial for them to better understand the mating habits of the animals and help coax them into reproducing. The creatures are more often than not completely uninterested in doing it.
The breeders told reporters that they can tell when the pandas are in heat based on changes in their diet and behavior. Female pandas in heat tend to make loud, strange sounds and male pandas leave traces of their odor to attract the opposite gender. Breeders use bamboo poles to guide the pandas to one another, encouraging them to “get it on”.
The mating season for pandas typically begins in March and lasts through May. Copulation time for the animals is usually short, ranging from 30 seconds to five minutes. Looks like Lu Lu has set the bar a tad bit higher.
This year, a total of nine pandas out of the 27 at the center have successfully engaged in the “act of love”.
By Lucy Liu and Katie Nelson
[Images via Weibo]