Juan Juan, a female panda lent by China to the Beauval Zoo (Loir-et-Cher), is once again pregnant, the zoo told AFP on July 20th. “An ultrasound a few hours ago confirmed the presence of a panda embryo in our female Juan Huansaid a zoo spokesman.
Mating and artificial insemination
“Veterinary teams finally saw what they were hoping for: a tiny baby panda embryo“Measuring 1.74 cm in length. According to the zoo, childbirth should take place in late July or early August. Ultrasound should continue twice a week if Juan Huan works with veterinarians. At this stage of pregnancy, the female panda tries to sleep which is more possible by eating “less and less“until childbirth.
In late March 2021, two giant pandas, Huan Huan and Yuan Zi, one of the main attractions of the Beauval Zoo, tried to mate, under the watchful eye of a veterinarian and caregiver. Artificial insemination was also performed as a precaution, as the female panda is fertile only 24 to 48 hours a year. Thanks to this technique, Huan Huan was previously born Yuan Meng, August 4, 2017. At the age of 4, the first panda born in France now weighs more than a hundred kilograms.
Since 2016. giant pandas are no longer “in danger” of extinction on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. However, the species remains “vulnerable”. About 500 pandas live in captivity in China and 2,000 in the wild.