Saturday, June 7, 2008

Panda Mating Habits Filmed

The mating rituals of the giant panda have finally been filmed in the wild and offer a glimpse into a rather surprising sex life.

In a first - and what may be an historic event for TV - the BBC was allowed to film the pandas with the Chinese government's blessing. Laying in wait in the Qinling mountains, photographers captured a sex life far removed from what has been recorded in the past and observed of pandas in captivity.

First, the female climbs a tree and refuses to come down. The male pandas (pandii?) surround the tree and begin "barking" - a sound very similar to that of Chewbacca's. Eventually, they begin to rough-house. The largest male generally wins-out, sending the others scrambling. He finally gets the girl when she decides to come out of the tree.

Photographers said the entire ritual stands in stark contrast to what we usually think of when it comes to pandas. Their sex life is far more aggressive and heated than their docile nature would lead one to believe.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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