Adelaide Zoo has announced its giant panda, Fu Ni, could be pregnant after the close of her 36-hour breeding window.
The zoo said attempts at natural mating with companion, Wang Wang, were not successful, so the decision was made to proceed with two artificial inseminations.
“Both of the procedures went well, with one completed on Monday evening and the second on Tuesday morning,” senior veterinarian Ian Smith said.
Adelaide Zoo’s giant panda Fu Ni could be pregnant after a series of artificial inseminations. (Supplied)
Staff, along with an expert from China, have worked around the clock over the past four days to support the giant pandas. It is the fifth genuine attempt at breeding the pair.
“The complicated reproductive biology presents a number of challenges, but ongoing research continues to improve our understanding of panda reproduction and improve our chances of succeeding.” Mr Smith said.
Adelaide Zoo’s Bamboo Forest will be closed until Monday to maximise the chance of success.
Natural attempts at mating with companion Wang Wang failed, forcing staff to attempt another method of getting Fu Ni to fall pregnant. (Supplied)
“Following the reproductive window, it’s essential that Fu Ni is not exposed to any potential stressors,” Zoos SA chief executive Elaine Bensted said.