Initial tests show that Huan Huan was indeed impregnated during an insemination three weeks ago, but the gestation of pandas remains a fragile process.
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The artificial insemination of Huan Huan, the female panda from Beauval Zoo in Loir-et-Cher, is a success, reports Friday April 9, France Blue Berry. A first pregnancy test turned out positive, but the zoo vets did not claim victory.
The first hormonal tests reveal that Huan Huan was indeed impregnated during the annual insemination carried out three weeks ago. But the gestation of pandas remains a fragile and complex process. Once fertilized, the female panda slows down the development of her embryo, this is called diapause.
In order for gestation to truly begin, the female panda must feel comfortable, with specific food and temperature and light conditions. Beauval teams will perform regular ultrasounds to monitor the development of the future baby panda.
Huan Huan already had a first baby in August 2017: Yuan Meng was the first panda born in France, the result of artificial insemination. He is due to return to China in 2021.