San Diego Zoo on Panda Pregnancy Watch

Giant panda Bai Yun could have a bun in the oven

By Monica Garske
|  Sunday, Mar 25, 2012  |  Updated 8:24 AM PDT
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There may be a newly-pregnant panda at the San Diego Zoo.

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It’s official: The San Diego Zoo is on panda pregnancy watch.

The zoo says resident giant pandas Bai Yun and Gao Gao mated over the weekend and tried to get together again on Tuesday.

Zookeepers are hoping that at least one of those times did the trick and a new baby panda will come of it.

The zoo will closely monitor Bai Yun over the next few months for signs of a possible pregnancy.

But they really won’t know for sure if Bai Yun has a bun in the oven until she actually delivers the baby, which would be born either late this summer or in the fall, according to the zoo.

If it does happen, the San Diego Zoo says Bai Yun would become the oldest giant panda known to give birth. She’s a ripe 20 years old, but the zoo says she’s in good health and has no age-related conditions that would prevent a pregnancy.

By the way, this isn’t Bai Yun’s first rodeo.

She has delivered five cubs at the San Diego Zoo since 2003, four of whom were with Gao Gao. This potential new cub would only add to their well-established furry family.

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