Panda birth could be live online
Edinburgh Zoo is considering streaming the birth of its first baby panda live on the internet.
Giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang arrived in Scotland from Ya'an reserve in Chengdu, China, on December 4 last year.
They went on show to zoo visitors for the first time on December 16 after being acclimatised to their new surroundings.
Tian Tian, like all female pandas, is said to have only three days a year when she will be ready to mate and that breeding window is expected anytime from the end of this month until early May.
Iain Valentine, director of animal conservation and research at the zoo, told the Scotland on Sunday newspaper: "It could be that we would be able to give the world the view of the panda giving birth live. We are absolutely considering it. It has been recorded before, but nobody's ever given it to a live audience."
A spokeswoman for Edinburgh Zoo said: "It's not definite, but if they mate it is an option."
The pair are currently being kept apart, but daily tests on Tian Tian's urine will help the zoo pinpoint when to reintroduce them.
If she gets pregnant, Tian Tian's gestation period could be anything from 85 to 105 days.
The panda enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo already has a camera installed which allows people to watch the animals on a daily basis.
The zoo will be the animals' home for the next 10 years. Tian Tian and Yang Guang are the first giant pandas to live in the UK for 17 years.