Amid coronavirus lockdown, not only humans but seems like animals are also spending ‘too much’ quality time and it is absolutely true for pandas, Ying Ying and Le e, who are residents of Ocean Park in Hong Kong. After 10 years of attempt by zoo officials of naturally mating these two pandas through trials and learnings, they have finally succeeded during coronavirus lockdown. Looks like, all they needed was a little privacy with people not staring at them all the time. Also Read - Now Newborn Baby Boy Named 'Lockdown' in Madhya Pradesh to Hail Fight Against Coronavirus
Ocean Park released a press release which reads, “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. Since late March, Ying Ying began spending more time playing in the water, while Le Le has been leaving scent-markings around his habitat and searching the area for Ying Ying’s scent.” Also Read - Apple-Pineapple-Pen Guy is Back Again And This Time With 'Handy' Coronavirus Song | Watch
Due to coronavirus outbreak, the park has been closed since January and staff have noticed certain behaviour in two giant pandas that are usually common during the breeding period, March and May. Also Read - 'Corona Won't Have a Chance Bro'! Indian Railways Releases Anthem to Spread COVID-19 Awareness
However, the official states that it is too early to tell whether baby panda is on its way or not but they are closely monitoring Ying Ying’s body and behavioural changes.
Zoo’s official Boos said, “We hope to bear wonderful pregnancy news to Hong Kongers this year and make further contributions to the conservation of this vulnerable species.”
As per the latest data, only 1,899 giant pandas are there in the natural habitat, as per Ocean Park.