These shy pandas were seen mating for the first time in 10 years after coronavirus left their zoo empty

These shy pandas were seen mating for the first time in 10 years after coronavirus left their zoo empty
Ocean Park Zoo

Coronavirus isolation has had a big impact on many of our sex lives...

For some people, it’s been… a while. But for others who are isolating with a partner they’re finally getting down to it.

Two creatures to fall into the latter category are a couple of pandas in a Hong Kong zoo, who have finally done the deed successfully after *10 years* together.

Ten. Years.

According to an announcement by Ocean Park Zoo, the pair were caught mating at 9.00am local time on 6 April after showing signs that they had entered their mating cycle in late March.

Pandas are notoriously shy when it comes to the act of banging. With the mass global shutdown leaving the zoo deserted and diverting everyone’s attention, it was finally the moment for this pair to finally get down to some good old-fashioned "mating".

Ying Ying and Le Le were first introduced at the zoo in 2011. While there were some initial attempts to mate, none were successful. So here’s hoping that the peace and quiet will have provided the perfect backdrop for a successful pregnancy. The zoo hopes to confirm the pregnancy with an in the coming weeks.

Ocean Park Zoo

Michael Boos, Executive Director in Zoological Operations and Conservation at Ocean Park, said in a statement.

Male and female giant pandas are sexually mature starting at ages of seven and five respectively. Since Ying Ying and Le Le’s arrival in Hong Kong in 2007 and attempts at natural mating since 2010, they, unfortunately, have yet to succeed until this year upon years of trial and learning.

The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination.

It’s not just pandas that are having more fun in the sex department lately. Sales of sex toys have skyrocketed and Google searches for “how to make sex more interesting” have soared by 5,000 per cent.

But it’s very good that these pandas have finally got around to mating, because pandas are endangered and breeding them is notoriously difficult as they’re very shy and female pandas only ovulate once a year.

Pictures of the two lovebears getting some action obviously went viral, because they’re kind of amazing, we can’t lie.

There’s definitely an irony in pandas being the ones to have lots of sex, for the first time in TEN YEARS, when all of us are trapped inside. Maybe they’re taunting us?

But at least someone’s getting some.

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