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Mating window open for Adelaide pandas

AAP logoAAP 4/10/2016 Rick Goodman

The narrow mating window is open for Adelaide Zoo's giant pandas Fu Ni and Wang Wang and keepers are hard at work to give the beloved bears a cub.

With natural mating attempts unsuccessful last week, reproductive experts have stepped in to artificially inseminate Fu Ni - twice, thanks to her mate's top-notch sample.

"We were extremely pleased with the procedure, with results again confirming that Wang Wang's semen is of a high quality," Zoos SA veterinarian David McLelland said on Tuesday.

"With such a good sample obtained, our team were able to carry out two artificial insemination procedures on Fu Ni."

It is notoriously difficult to breed giant pandas and this is the third genuine attempt for Wang Wang and Fu Ni at Adelaide Zoo.

"Their complicated reproductive biology presents a number of challenges," Dr McLelland said.

Keepers are now treating Fu Ni as though she is pregnant, but they won't know whether she is or not until two weeks before she would be due to give birth.

The pair's enclosure, the Bamboo Forest, will remain closed over the coming days to give the pandas the best chance of success.

"At the moment it's essential that Fu Ni is not exposed to any potential stressors," panda keeper Lucy Catt said.

A reproductive specialist from the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda in Chengdu came to Adelaide to help oversee the breeding process.

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