Lin Hui shows pregnancy signs after artificial insemination
MAI, 13 May 2011 (NNT) – Mother panda Lin Hui might be pregnant again after going through an artificial insemination due to her display of pregnancy signs while officials are keeping a close observation during this period.
Mr Prasertsak Boontrakulpoonthawee, chief of the panda research project at Chiang Mai Zoo, indicated that after the second attempt to artificially inseminate Lin Hui, early signs of pregnancy had been detected. The mother panda is reportedly developing behavioral changes, such as sleeping and eating more than usual as well as being extra cautious in her movements. Physical and hormonal changes have also been discovered.
Mr Prasertsak assured that authorities would keep a close eye on Lin Hui, especially over the next two months when more indications of pregnancy were anticipated if any. As the mother carried her first cub Lin Ping for 97 days, the research chief projected that her next baby would take her a comparable amount of time before delivery.
On 27 May this year, Chiang Mai Zoo is scheduled to organize a celebration for Lin Ping on the occasion of her second birthday anniversary. The event will, at the same time, welcome China’s permission for the panda cub to stay in Thailand for two more years as well as the chance for Lin Hui to give birth to the new baby in the near future.
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