Blue videos spark panda love, researchers say – CNN.com
CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — After years of painstaking research, scientists say they have unleashed a baby boom among one of the world’s most beloved but endangered animals, China’s giant panda.
A bit of panda porn has helped too, they say.
“It works,” enthuses Zhang Zhihe, a leading Chinese expert, about showing uninitiated males DVDs of fellow pandas mating.
It is one of many techniques tried over the decades to get captive pandas — notoriously poor breeders — to do it, and do it right. The efforts to understand and simulate conditions for mating and raising cubs have paid off in China, the panda’s native habitat. Now comes the next test: getting the magic to work outside China.
So if you’re a panda in the Asian jungle and you were struggling to make ends meet, but you knew that all you had to do was walk down to the local zoo, and bingo, all the bamboo shoots you could eat, free panda porn, and willing panda females… What would you do?
I think environmentalists should be outraged, this is clearly the biggest threat to pandas living their lives in the wild that I’ve seen yet.