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Comic: Artificial Insemination

Panda Love

So the Smithsonian's giant panda Mei Xiang is knocked up. Maybe. Fingers crossed, anyway.

When Mei Xiang and her male counterpart Tian Tian didn’t manage to figure out how to translate the birds and the bees to pandaspeak, scientists at the National Zoo decided to inseminate her with sperm collected from Tian Tian. [No comment was available from either panda.]

Only about 1,600 giant pandas remain in the wild, and around 300 giant pandas live in zoos and breeding centers around the world.

Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.

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“We’re encouraged by all the behaviors and hormonal data we’ve seen so far.”

— Dave Wildt, head of the Center for Species Survival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

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