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National Zoo Panda Has Signs Of Possible Pregnancy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists at the National Zoo say they have detected a rise in hormone levels in the female giant panda, Mei Xiang that could indicate the panda may give birth or end a false pregnancy by early July.

The zoo says the hormone rise announced Tuesday aren’t enough to know whether Mei Xiang is pregnant. Zoo veterinarians have been conducting ultrasounds twice weekly, but they have not yet detected a fetus.

Scientists say panda fetuses don’t start developing until the final weeks of a gestation period.

A Chinese panda breeding expert helped zoo scientists artificially inseminate Mei Xiang in January. She and male panda Tian Tian had attempted to mate but weren’t successful.

Their only cub, Tai Shan, was born July 9, 2005.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Leah C says:

    I REALLY hope she’s pregnant this time! It was such a joy to watch little Tai Shan grow from that little pink blob into the bear we saw tumbling around the zoo yard.

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