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Saturday 19 April 2014

Zoo finds pandas are a she not a he

Giant panda cub Po is found to be a she after genetic testing at Zoo Atlanta also found that twin panda cubs were female too.

Genetic testing has revealed that three young giant pandas born at a US zoo that were thought to be males are actually females.

Zoo Atlanta spokeswoman Keisha Hines says an examination that was part of the preparation to send Po to China revealed the three-year-old panda is female.

Hines says the zoo then decided to do DNA testing on Po and on twin cubs Mei Lun and Mei Huan. That revealed those cubs were also females, rather than males.

This is not the first case of mistaken gender for a panda born at Zoo Atlanta. Researchers in China determined in September 2011 that Atlanta-born Mei Lan, who was believed to be female, was actually male.

Ms Hines says gender is difficult to determine in young pandas.

Press Association

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