Bashful Tokyo pandas mate after four-year hiatus

Bashful Tokyo pandas mate after four-year hiatusTwo giant pandas at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo mated for the first time in four years Monday — a 52-second effort that boosted hopes for a baby as well as shares in a nearby Chinese restaurant. Public viewing of pandas at the zoo has been halted since last week as the mating season got into full swing for the mammals, which are notoriously difficult to arouse. “We let the two be together at 8:06am (2306 GMT Sunday) and confirmed they mated for 52 seconds from 8:48am,” Ueno Zoo announced in a statement.



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