Thursday, 28 August 2014

Giant panda fakes pregnancy to get more food

A giant panda is believed to have faked her pregnancy in order to get better food, The Independent has reported.

Six-year-old panda Ai Hin began to show signs of being pregnant, which included reduced appetite and mobility, in July, but after two months of observation, experts have told state news agency Xinhua that she wisn't pregnant as her behaviour and physiological tests showed her to be normal

Her keepers at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre in China’s Sichuan province believe she has learned that exhibiting this behaviour will earn her better food. This is because captive pandas have difficulty in successfully giving birth and are therefore treated to round the clock care and attention.

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