Panda Tian Tian Miscarries at Zoo After Artificial Insemination

Image: Panda Tian Tian Miscarries at Zoo After Artificial Insemination

Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 08:09 AM

By Michael Mullins

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Panda Tian Tian has miscarried at the Edinburgh Zoo following artificial insemination, officials announced on Tuesday.

Scotland's Tian Tian nicknamed "Sweetie," not to be confused with the 275-pound male giant panda with the same name at the National Zoo in Washington D.C, had reportedly been exhibiting behavior for weeks that was consistent with her being in late-term pregnancy, according to Edinburgh Zoo officials.

"All of her hormonal and behavioral signs now indicate that she had conceived and carried a fetus until late term, but then lost it," the Edinburgh Zoo said in a statement, Britain's Daily Express reported.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

"We are all saddened by this turn of events after so many weeks of waiting," Chris West, CEO for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said in a statement. "Timings are difficult to pinpoint at this moment, but we had a meeting this morning where Tian Tian's behavior and hormone results were reviewed, and have come to the conclusion that it is very likely she has lost the pregnancy."

Panda pregnancies are difficult to determine, considering that females are known to exhibit signs that they are pregnant, such as hormonal surges, loss of appetite, longer sleep periods and nest building, when in fact they are not, NBC News noted.

Also, giant panda fetuses begin developing in the last few weeks of gestation.

"Up until now, Tian Tian has consistently shown signs of pregnancy – she passed a mucus plug around mid-September and began producing colostrum. She also experienced a prolonged secondary rise in progesterone," West said. "However, the veterinary team has noticed a significant decline in the amount of colostrum being produced, and over the last few days she has returned to the normal eating and behavioral patterns of a non-pregnant panda."

Zoo officials had artificially inseminated Tian Tian during her 36-hour fertile window this past spring.

Officials reportedly used sperm from two different giant pandas, Yang Guang, also known as "Sunshine," which arrived at the zoo from China in December 2011, and another male giant panda named Bao Bao.

According to NBC News, the process involved mixing frozen semen from Bao Bao and fresh semen from Yang Guang before Tian Tian was artificially inseminated with it.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

"The panda enclosure will remain closed until the end of the week, in order to give Tian Tian time to get back into her routine and provide her keepers with the chance to recuperate after this long period of waiting," West added in the statement.

An estimated 1,600 pandas are believed to still live in the wild, while another 300 live in captivity around the world.

Related stories:

Giant Panda Born Last Week at Tokyo Zoo Dies

Twin Giant Pandas Born at China Conservation Center – First of 2013

National Zoo Panda Cam Goes Dark, a Victim of Government Shutdown

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

'Tip-Bombed' Waitress Gets $1,200 Tip the Week Before Christmas

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:08 PM

A Virginia waitress was surprised and overwhelmed by a "tip bomb," a $1,200 tip from a group of people who wished to rem . . .

Kentucky Infant Found Safe After Carjacking, Amber Alert

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 16:09 PM

A 20-day-old infant who was stolen during a Kentucky carjacking was found safe a little more than two hours after the ca . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved