Thursday 10th of July 2014
It would be a fantastic time for the city, according to Car Hire Edinburgh Airport staff if another panda is brought into the world.
It is a potentially exciting time at Edinburgh Zoo as keepers have told visitors they are confident panda Tian Tian is pregnant. They hope this will be third time lucky after disappointment in 2012 and 2013 for the zoo.
Tests carried out have revealed she has successfully conceived, a major hurdle has been cleared in the bid to add to the panda family. All being well a baby panda could arrive as early as August.
Iain Valentine, director of Giant Pandas for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said “A technique called a CP test – ceruloplasmin to give it the proper name – was performed using urine samples at seven to ten days after artificial insemination in April and this indicates that Tian Tian has conceived. It is important to stress that this test tells us only that she has conceived, not that implantation has occurred, as pandas practise delayed implantation. At this stage the embryo is still in diapause or rest, so technically pregnancy has not occurred yet. There are many more significant developments still to happen. Tian Tian is in great health – very relaxed, at a great weight and eating well and keepers and scientists continue to monitor her.”
While everyone wants to remain positive, there is still an element of keeping the fingers crossed as it will only be until she gives birth to know for certain. The giant pandas are on loan from China until 2021.