April 21, 2013

Panda-ing To The Lowest Common Denominator

From Scotsman.com: Edinburgh zoo panda artificially inseminated
THE UK’s only female giant panda has been artificially inseminated in the hope of making her pregnant.
That is generally why you would do it, yes.
Natural mating was not attempted between Tian Tian (Sweetie) and male Yang Guang (Sunshine) as scientists who have been monitoring them at Edinburgh Zoo decided that Tian Tian was showing signs that were not “conducive to mating”.
1. "I have a headache."
2. "I'm not in the mood."
3. "I have too much self respect to sleep with someone named Sunshine."
4. [Insert any number of other gender stereotypes here.]

A spokesperson for Edinburgh Zoo said that natural mating had not been attempted based on the advice of their panda mating expert. What was his name again?
“Natural mating was not attempted. Yang Guang had been interested and shown consistently encouraging behaviour, however based on his many years’ experience, our Chinese colleague Professor Wang felt that...she would not be conducive to mating."

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