They’ve been showing a lot of soap operas at the zoo lately.
Hopes of the first ever live broadcast of a panda cub delivery were ruined when Chinese experts found the panda they thought was pregnant for weeks, was not.
The panda was held at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre, and had been showing signs of pregnancy for quite some time. It was heavily watched by experts, who all believed that the panda was legitimately pregnant.
The breeding centre then moved the panda to it’s own, air conditioned room, with around the clock care and much more food to eat. Basically, they move all pregnant pandas from a cockroach infested motel room into the King Suite at the Hilton.
Researchers, and again, experts, were all dumbfounded when they realized that the panda had been faking pregnancy this whole time. These fake pregnancies are common at this research centre, as many of them are trying to improve their quality of life.
The reason there is so much excitement in the air when a panda is pregnant, is because the animal should basically have killed itself off because of how lazy it is when it comes to reproducing. If you haven’t already heard, pandas are rarely in the mood to mate, so those in captivity are shown videos of other pandas having sex in order to try and get them in the mood. Even then, pandas don’t want to put in the effort to get laid.