Giant panda insemination more fascinating than you might guess

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19 Responses to “Giant panda insemination more fascinating than you might guess”

  1. Antinous / Moderator says:

    My inability to fully distinguish pandas from juggaloes makes this post especially disturbing.

  2. Stefan Jones says:

    I read a long piece on artificially inseminating Mexican wolves a few years back. That was pretty complex too. (And the lady wolf ended up getting knocked up by her regular life-partner guy wolf anyway. Love wins over concerns about inbreeding . . .)

  3. Sabocat says:

    This is the best argument for not keeping them in Capitivity “captive males don’t seem to know, instinctively, how to have sex”

    • Danica Lawson says:

       Yes, because wild pandas are doing SO WELL.

    • Alexander Borsi says:

       Actually, it is more of a argument of, “Why are we keeping them artificially in existence with science when all evidence is pointing to them not being required on this planet anymore?”

      Why don’t let let them go extinct? No, seriously.

      1. They are apex preditors (bears) and they mainly eat bamboo so it isin’t like them going extinct is going to make some herbavore suddenly explode in population without them to ‘thin’ the herd.

      2. The bamboo will be fine without them eating it. No worries about that.

      3. Hunters won’t have them to hunt anymore so it will keep them from destroying the forest/bamboo to find them to kill them.

      So, I will ask once again: Why are we keeping them on life support when they seem so readily able to destroy themselves?

  4. pjcamp says:

    Apparently, one is supposed to high five afterwards?

  5. Dv Revolutionary says:

    Aren’t they supposed to do it like 300 times during the short window of fertility? Seriously 300 2-minute sessions of sex. I thought that was some compulsive ingrained behavior. It’s hard to imagine it’s learned.

  6. Vanwall Green says:

    Hmm. “Panda Jerker” must be an interesting job description. “Bull Jerkers” – they relieve bulls of sperm for artificial insemination of high-rated bloodlines – is a fairly skilled profession, I’m told. My favorite arti insem factoid is the “Rhino Jerker Device” a zoo had fabricated – an incredibly robust, large stainless steel device with a tight-fitting trough and a hydraulic ram to empty Rhino testicles neatly and cleanly. I saw it built, but never in action…still…Owie.  

  7. Danica Lawson says:

     Can they make “test-tube” panda babies? Then implant the embryos? Or is this a human-only procedure so far? (because of either cost or technological limitations…)

    • John Nickerson says:

      My best guess is that the egg harvesting would be a much more difficult and involved procedure on a panda than on a human.

  8. Jason Stahl says:

    We should just let pandas go extinct. Any animal THAT fragile deserves it.

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