What Happens at the Zoo Stays at the Zoo

What Happens at the Zoo Stays at the Zoo

Justine E. Hausheer
Published: 07/13/2012

There are less than 2,000 pandas left in the wild, due to the destruction of their bamboo forest habitat, so zookeepers are anxious to breed captive pandas and increase the population. Pandas are notorious for their reluctance to romance in captivity, but keepers at Thailand's Chiang Mai Zoo had an ingenious idea to inspiring their two bears.

Pandas Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui were great friends, but nothing more. To put them in the mood, keepers showed the male videos of other pandas in the act. A record number of panda cubs were born 2010, but it is unclear whether “panda porn” helped boost reproductive success. Other zoos have tried slipping male pandas some Viagra, in the hopes that the libido-booster will work in bears, too. Unfortunately, the little blue pills didn’t do the trick.

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