Porn for Pandas!

"The males often prefer eating to mating."

Apparently, giant panda dudes (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in captivity would rather sit around and munch on bamboo than get it on with the females. And this is a problem at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, where scientists are urging the pandas to breed, for conservation purposes.

What's the answer to this important problem? Panda porn, of course!

Pandas are known to be isolated creatures and poor breeders, and in captivity the problem may be exacerbated. Zhihe and his team have tried a number of measures to try to cure the male panda of his woefully low libido -- including showing videos of fellow pandas making love.

In the privacy of their own cages, captive male pandas watch the sights and sounds of love-making on TV. Hopefully, Zhihe says, they'll be aroused.

"We're sure the sound of the video will stimulate the panda and the males' interest," Zhihe said.

Along with watching porn, pandas are doing "sexercises," or specialized exercises to strengthen the males' hind legs and increase their stamina.

Scientists have found that the combination of porn, exercises, and the occasional menage a trois -- to get young male pandas curious about sex -- have proved successful.

Zhihe says that more than 60 percent of his pandas are now capable of having sex on their own -- up from just 25 percent twenty years ago.

Information from ABC News

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What they are decribing is not porn Jason and it's not in the slightest hi-larious to name it such. Actually (in light of the recent [redacted]-kicking you were on the receiving end of over said subject) it seems like pure [redacted]-ness.

By Sargassosea (not verified) on 06 Jul 2010 #permalink

Sargassosea @ 3:

What they are decribing is not porn

Quote from researcher:

the sound of the video will stimulate the panda and the males' interest

[ad hominem argument redacted]

Hmm.. Why is it just the "sound of the video" that will arouse them? Are they visually impaired?

By Escherichia coli (not verified) on 06 Jul 2010 #permalink

Yeah, tempting fate much, Goldman?

In a related but less controversial vein, a common thought from pundits and comedians is that pandas really aren't helping their cause by being such apathetic maters (usually phrased more coarsely).

That always made sense to me, until I saw a video recently (was it an old Douglas Adams thing on the kakapo, posted on Youtube? don't recall) which mentioned the role natural selection would play in making some species less fecund than others. At which point, the pandas start to look quite reasonable. As large animals without many natural predators, overpopulation is a risk they managed by becoming crappy lovers.

So now I'm back to humans getting all the blame for the panda's potential extinction from the wild... No more blaming it on their own laziness.

By CS Shelton (not verified) on 07 Jul 2010 #permalink