Panda Bears

Panda Bears

Family Ursidae

Subfamily Ailuropodinae

Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca Dwarf Panda, Ailuropoda minor (extinct)

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Baby boom among sex-shy giant pandas in captivity

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BEIJING – Giant pandas show little interest in sex behind bars, but China nevertheless is looking forward to a baby boom this year with 10 females already pregnant and 23 in heat.

‘China expects a record number of baby giant pandas to be born this year,’ the official Xinhua news agency said of the animals kept at two breeding and research centres in the south-western province of Sichuan.