The giant panda Meng Meng in the Berlin Zoo is pregnant. On Tuesday (August 27, 2019), the zoo published an ultrasound of an embryo on Twitter and Facebook.
If all goes well, it would be the first panda birth in the capital after earlier unsuccessful attempts with other couples. Panda Meng Meng (6) and male Jiao Qing (9) have been living in Berlin Zoo since summer 2017. They are on loan from China. On Facebook there were already dozens of congratulations in the first minutes after the publication.
The long wait has come to an end
Meng Meng has been artificially inseminated. Panda females only have 72 hours in which to conceive within a whole year. Despite extensive controls and tests, it was not clear for a long time whether Meng Meng is actually pregnant. A false pregnancy would also have been possible. For days, experts from China have been in Berlin to advise the Berlin Zoo.
Panda babies are very small
Panda babies are born after four months, usually between 90 and 130 grams. A panda baby only gets its typical black and white coat colour after one month. The young only eat solid food after about six months.
One of Berlin's most prominent landmarks, the Berlin Zoological Garden is Germany's oldest zoo. It is considered to contain the most comprehensive collection of species in the world.
Source: dpa, translation DeepL.com, BerlinOnline
Last edited: Tuesday, 27. August 2019 10:50 Uhr