Berlin Zoo’s panda is preggers

Source:AFP Published: 2019/8/28 17:38:41

Berlin Zoo panda Meng Meng is pregnant, with her cub expected to be born within two weeks, it was announced Tuesday.

Meng Meng, which means "Little Dream," and her mate Jiao Qing, "Little Treasure," have been living in Berlin Zoo since 2017.

Their arrival in the German capital was greeted by both Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

They are the only pandas currently in Germany, housed in an enclosure that cost nine million euros ($10 million).

Meng Meng was artificially inseminated, to increase the chances of conceiving, after the pandas mated.

Under China's "panda diplomacy," the animals, considered national treasures, are effectively on loan to other countries.

Any panda cubs born abroad must be returned to China within four years, after they have been weaned.


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