Friday 15th of August 2014
There is hope from staff at Car Hire Edinburgh Airport that the female panda does give birth, as it would be a fantastic bonus for the zoo.
The female panda Tian Tian at Edinburgh Zoo may give birth at the end of the month according to keepers there. After being artificially inseminated earlier this year, new scientific tests had given ‘strong indications’ of pregnancy but were ‘to new’ to be definitive.
Iain Valentine, director of Giant Pandas for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said “The latest scientific data suggests Tian Tian the giant panda is now pregnant and that implantation has taken place, therefore she may give birth at the end of the month. This is all very new and complex science and we still have a bit of time to go yet. As like last year, the late loss of a cub remains entirely possible.”
The two pandas arrived in Scotland from China in 2011. Tian Tian has had cubs in the past in China, before she came on loan to Edinburgh. If she does have a successful delivery, it will be the first time a giant panda has been born in Britain. The panda enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo is due to close to visitors from Saturday ahead of a possible birth.