teaches Thai panda how to mate
BANGKOK, Saturday (Reuters) - A Thai zoo, which
has hosted a couple of pandas for four years, will play “porn”
videos for the male next month to encourage them to breed in captivity,
the project manager said today.
The pair -- living chastely together at the zoo
in the northern city of Chiang Mai since arriving from China in
2003 -- would be separated in December, but stay close enough for
occasional glimpses of each other, said panda project chief Prasertsak
Buntrakoonpoontawee. “They don't know how to mate so we need
to show the male how, through videos,” Prasertsak told Reuters.
He said Chuang Chuang, the six-year-old male, would be shown the
videos on a large screen when he might be feeling amorous. “We'll
play the video at the most comfortable and intimate time for him,
perhaps after dinner,” Prasertsak said, hoping Chuang Chuang
would then use the techniques on Lin Hui, a five-year-old female.
The zoo is hosting a four-day international panda
conference that starts on Monday, drawing 200 wildlife and panda
specialists from around the world.