The two giant pandas from Edinburgh Zoo have missed their chance: the window of 36 hours during which the female Tian Tian was ovulating, giving hope of a coupling, was closed Thursday morning and we must now wait next year.
The test results show a fall night in hormone levels ofTian Tian, and behavior of the two pandas on Thursday morning showed little interest in reproduction, "hesoberly commented Edinburgh Zoo in a statementThursday.
"Accordingly, Tian Tian (girl) and Yang Guang(Sunlight) were not met again today," the zoo, whichnotes that "the breeding season for 2012 is over."
Interludes during their love, pandas, usually in separate sheds, were gathered through a "tunnel of love" andremoved from the sight of visitors and the webcam thatusually follows their evolution.
The zoo announced Tuesday by Scottish band the start of the mating season for its two stars, lent by China in December for ten years.
The zoo director Iain Valentine, undeterred so far, saidit was "a fantastic test," and that the pandas had shown "great eagerness and mutual attraction." Unfortunately, attempts at reconciliation "did not go to the end".
The two stars of the Edinburgh Zoo have beenreproduced with other partners but "relativelyinexperienced", he said.
In addition, they barely had time to acclimatise since arriving in December.