When the tags of an email attachment are “sex”, “amateur” and “HD”, it’s probably best just to send it straight to the trash; but this is a photo slideshow you can (and are apparently encouraged to) open up at work. Yes, more images of panda baby-making.
The Straits Times published these photos captured from the first sexual encounter between Kai Kai and Jia Jia, both gifts from China to Singapore, at the River Safari last week.
“Like a dog?”
This was the first time the pandas had come together for a mating session, yet it wasn’t betrayed by their enthusiasm and stamina. Putting many of us to shame, China’s national treasures were in the throes of passion for 40 minutes, bettering the record set by their Sichuan counterparts…well, sort of.
Wildlife keepers were ecstatic that the besotted beasts were getting it on. Not only are pandas notoriously sexually apathetic, but their friskiness vindicated the keepers’ efforts to mimic the seasonal transition of the panda’s native climate which elicits the requisite hormonal response. These are the first pandas to live so close to the equator, so special measures were needed to put them in an amorous mood.
Of course, only pandas could manage to make something erotic appear so endearing.
Panada reproduction is a particularly fickle process, as the female ovulates only once a year with a brief fertility period of 24-36 hours. When keepers found that Kai Kai had failed to plant his seed in his mate (it’s normal buddy, don’t worry) and Jia Jia’s window to conceive was closing, they decided on electro-ejaculation (artificial insemination). If the panda does indeed become pregnant, any offspring would be returned to China once they are two years old as per panda-leasing convention.
For those interested in the mechanics of it all, here is some totally NSFW panda porn we posted earlier.
Recently in the bizarrely fascinating world of panda sex, infrared cameras discovered the esoteric mating ritual of urinating while doing a handstand, while Chengdu breeders could think of no better way to educate a “clueless and unenthusiastic” panda than screening videos of other pandas doing the deed.
By Liam Bourke