The Ueno Zoo in Kyodo, Japan has confirmed that the two pandas under its care—Ri Ri and Shin Shin—have started mating in their outdoor enclosure this past weekend. Zoo officials closed the exhibit to the public to give the pandas their privacy although it may re-open as early as today.
So two pandas get it on at a zoo—why is this news?
Apparently, it is extremely difficult to get pandas to mate. Either they’re never in the mood or they’re just really picky.
I think I dated women who were pandas in their previous lives. So when they knock boots paws, it’s cause for excitement.
In fact, a mini-industry has arisen to help pandas get in the mood…yup, it’s panda porn. What better way to put pandas in a randy state of mind than by showing them videos of other pandas doing the nasty. But even this isn’t a foolproof plan and success isn’t always guaranteed–apparently, the female pandas often complain that the panda porn videos have weak plots and non-existent character development.
But if you want a sure-fire way to get pandas all hot and bothered, I give you…Mr. Josh Groban:
All the best to Ri Ri and Shin Shin!