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Two pandas finally mated after a decade amid COVID-19

I guess they needed that privacy.

Amid the global pandemic, news of these pandas successfully mating after a decade of waiting and failed attempts surely brightens up the world a little bit.

The giant pandas Ying Ying (female) and Le Le (male), both 14 years old successfully did the deed last April 6, 2020 at the Ocean Park in Hongkong.

With the park being closed for viewing, that privacy and peace may have been an advantage to the mating process.

Giant pandas were considered “endangered” and were recently categorized as “vulnerable” by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This is why the ones who are held in captivity take part in breeding programs.

The zoo officials hope that Ying Ying would be pregnant. Honestly, we should all pray for this. Giant pandas are too cute and special to be extinct.

“The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination,”

– Michael Boos, Ocean Park’s executive director

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