Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Thai Zoo to Teach Panda to Mate with 'Videos'

A Thai zoo, which has hosted a couple of pandas for four years, will play ahem, "adult" videos for the male next month to encourage them to breed in captivity.

The pair - living chastely together at the zoo in the northern city of Chiang Mai since arriving from China in 2003 - would be separated in December, but stay close enough for occasional glimpses of each other, said panda project chief Prasertsak Buntrakoonpoontawee. "They don't know how to mate so we need to show the male how, through videos," Prasertsak told Reuters.

Too much TV for this tired little panda

He said Chuang Chuang, the six-year-old male, would be shown the videos on a large screen when he might be feeling amorous. "We'll play the video at the most comfortable and intimate time for him, perhaps after dinner," Prasertsak said, hoping Chuang Chuang would then use the techniques on Lin Hui, a five-year-old female.

I wonder if the videos in question feature human or panda "actors"...

1 comment:

kuba said...

I actually saw this on Daily Planet on Discovery. They use videos of pandas who can get the job done.

They say it works, but I cannot help feeling that some pandas will feel inadequate.