Conservationists have used artificial insemination to help increase giant panda populations, but figures from decades of births show that panda mothers are less likely to care for cubs born this way
Giant pandas that become pregnant through artificial insemination are more likely to reject their newborn cubs than those that conceive by mating naturally. This finding could help conservationists further increase the number of giant pandas, which remain vulnerable.
As newborns, giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) are helpless. They require near-constant body contact to keep a steady temperature, don’t open their eyes for six to eight weeks and need to be licked to stimulate urination and defecation.
”A newborn panda cub …