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Edinburgh Zoo panda may give birth within weeks

By Lucy Christie

Giant panda Tian Tian is believed to be pregnant and may give birth by the end of the month.

Keepers at Edinburgh Zoo have been monitoring Tian Tian since she was artifically inseminated on April 13.

Iain Valentine, director of pandas at the zoo, said: "The latest scientific data suggests Tian Tian the giant panda is now pregnant and that implantation has taken place; therefore, she may give birth at the end of the month. This is all very new and complex science and we still have a bit of time to go yet."

Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine) are the first giant pandas to live in the UK for 17 years.

The animals, now aged 10, arrived on loan from China in December 2011 and will remain in Edinburgh for a decade. Last year, Tian Tian lost her cub at late term.

Experts said it will not be known for certain if she is pregnant until she gives birth.

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