Taiwan Panda Keepers Seek Love Doc's Advice

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, expert counsels

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 8, 2009 2:51 PM CST

(Newser) – Ahead of breeding season in February, the Taipei Zoo is soliciting expert advice for getting its two giant pandas in the mood. A researcher dispatched from their native China found Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan—presented last year as a symbol of thawing relations between the countries—just a little too chummy, reports the AP. His prescription: some alone time.

"They may have more interest toward each other after a brief separation," he said.

A vendor sells panda hats on the first day of the Chinese lunar New Year in Taipei, Taiwan, on Jan. 26, 2009, the day the Taipei Zoo officially opened its doors to the public to view its two pandas.
A vendor sells panda hats on the first day of the Chinese lunar New Year in Taipei, Taiwan, on Jan. 26, 2009, the day the Taipei Zoo officially opened its doors to the public to view its two pandas.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
 Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, giant pandas from China, in their enclosure at the Taipei City Zoo in Taiwan, Jan. 24, 2009.
Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, giant pandas from China, in their enclosure at the Taipei City Zoo in Taiwan, Jan. 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Guo Ru-hsiao, Pool, File)
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