Omni Brain

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It seems that perhaps pandas don’t have mirror sex neurons or something?

Chuang Chuang the panda has been spending his days in front of a big-screen television watching panda porn.

Authorities at the Chiang Mai Zoo in northern Thailand hope the images will encourage him to mate with his partner, Lin Hui, and serve as an instructional lesson in how to do it right.

So far, it’s been a tough sell, the zoo’s chief veterinarian, Kanika Limtrakul, said Tuesday.

“Chuang Chuang seems indifferent to the videos; he has no reaction to what he’s seeing on TV,” Kanika said. “But we’re continuing to show him videos and hoping they will leave an impression.”

Original Puff Piece with a few more details.

Comments

  1. #1 Flaky
    March 28, 2007

    Might this lack of interest have something to do with differences between human and panda vision? Perhaps they should’ve tried a black and white TV? I’ve seen cats and dogs spend time watching birds through a window, but not pay the slightest attention to animals appearing on the TV.

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