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Edinburgh Zoo's giant panda Tian Tian 'no longer pregnant'

The UK's only female giant panda is no longer pregnant, it has been confirmed.

There had been fears earlier this month over complications in the pregnancy of Edinburgh Zoo's Tian Tian.

But according to reports, the panda is no longer pregnant.

The zoo had announced ago that Tian Tian was thought to be pregnant and could give birth by the end of August and she has been closely monitored ever since.

She was artifically inseminated on April 13 after she and her intended partner Yang Guang failed to mate naturally.

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

The animals, now both aged 10, arrived on loan from China in December 2011 and will remain at Edinburgh Zoo for a decade.

Tian Tian was successfully inseminated last year but lost her cub at late term.

The attempt was the first artificial insemination procedure to take place on a giant panda in the UK.

She was again inseminated in April and the zoo confirmed in July that she had conceived but was not yet technically pregnant.

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