Possible pregnancy Panda 'celebrity' cause frenzy in Taiwan
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Possible pregnancy Panda 'celebrity' cause frenzy in Taiwan

Taipei : Taiwan | May 14, 2011 at 9:41 AM PDT
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The possible pregnancy of a celebrity is causing a wave of speculation and frenzy in Taiwan. The celebrity in question is Yuan Yuan, a giant panda.

Yuan Yuan is one of two giant pandas to Taiwan gifted by China in 2008 to symbolize the improvement of relations between the two governments.

Zoo, Taipei, Taiwan's capital, said Yuan Yuan is showing signs of pregnancy - is sleeping more, eating less and shows an unusually bad mood.

Experts from the Chinese province of Sichaun, where the pandas were born, zoo veterinarians said that the mother of Yuan Yuan had shown the same signs when she became pregnant.

Yuan Yuan was artificially inseminated in February, because the pair of pandas at the zoo showed no interest in breeding the most common path.

Zoologists believe that they may simply be too young and inexperienced to have sex.

Good omen

The creators of Yuan Yuan will have to wait until June or July to find out for sure if she is pregnant - just two weeks before the possible birth of the calf.

This is because embryos are so small panda that does not appear in the exams early ultrasound.

Moreover, Yuan Yuan does not like being examined, then the zoo's veterinarians are avoiding to disturb her.

If the pregnancy is confirmed, the Chinese authorities will also have reason to celebrate. The birth of a new panda would be considered by China as a good omen for relations with Taiwan.

Taiwan is an independent government since the communist revolution in China in 1949, but the Chinese government considers a "renegade province" that is part of its territory.

It is no coincidence that the names of two gifted pandas to Taiwan, Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, when spoken together, mean "reunion"in Chinese

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Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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