A zoo in Tokyo decided to keep a panda couple far from the eyes of the spectators, in an effort to encourage the cute, but lethargic mammals to concentrate more on mating.
Starting from tomorrow, Shin Shin and her companion Ri Ri will be given a bit of alone time at Ueno Zoo after she began exhibiting signs that she was ready to procreate.
“Shin Shin is moving around more often and bleating like a sheep, a sign that it is mating season,” the zoo’s spokeswoman said.
“The two have good chemistry and we all hope the couple will bear a healthy new baby,” she added, according to the international press.
In 2012, Shin Shin gave birth to the first giant panda born in captivity in 24 years, an event that fascinated Japan.
However, in 2013, the mating season did not have any results, despite the huge public expectation.
Pandas, whose natural habitat lies in mountainous southwestern China, have a low reproductive rate and are under pressure from factors such as habitat loss.