What To Expect When Your Giant Panda Might Be Expecting

A team of scientists and veterinarians at the National Zoo artificially inseminated Mei Xiang on Thursday evening. Giant Pandas are only able to get pregnant for 24 to 72 hours each year.
Pierre Comizzoli (right), reproductive physiologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, performs an artificial insemination on giant panda Mei Xiang March 29, 2019. Don Neiffer (left), chief veterinarian at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, performs for the procedure. Source: (Roshan Patel/Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Scientists and veterinarians at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute are playing a game of chance.

On Thursday, they artificially inseminated a giant panda named Mei Xiang. Like all female giant pandas, she is only in estrus

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