Giant panda Jia Jia Received Artificial Insemination After Failed Mating Attempt With Kai Kai

Giant pandas Jia Jia (right) and Kai Kai attempting to mate. PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE


The Straits Times | Singapore | 15 Apr 2016

Artificial insemination was carried out on the River Safari’s giant panda Jia Jia on 13 April, following another failed attempt at natural mating with male panda Kai Kai. Giant pandas have delayed implantation during pregnancy and vets cannot confirm pregnancy until the later part of the panda’s gestation period. After last year’s unsuccessful attempt, the panda couple had started to show signs that they were entering mating season at the end of March, with Kai Kai scent-marking and chirping to get Jia Jia’s attention, while Jia Jia was sleeping more and would pace restlessly when awake.

Assisting the vets at River Safari was a team led by Prof Ng Soon Chye, an obstetrics and gynaecology specialist internationally renowned for his expertise in reproductive medicine.

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