Stuck at home with no visitors and not much else to do, a pair of pandas in Hong Kong finally decided to give mating a go after a decade of dodging the issue.
Like half the planet, Ying Ying and Le Le have only really had each other for company since coronavirus-caused lockdowns shut off the flow of guests to their theme park pad.
And like couples everywhere, they’ve been making the best of the time on their own.
“Such behaviors are consistent with those common during breeding season, which occurs once every year between March to May,” it added.
Experts will now monitor Ying Ying for signs of pregnancy, but it may be quite some wait as the gestation period for giant pandas ranges from 72 to 324 days.
The park said confirmation of pregnancy can only be detected by an ultrasound scan some 14 to 17 days before birth.
But Ying Ying might exhibit hormonal fluctuations and behavioral changes as early as June if fertilization has occurred.
The announcement was a rare bit of good news as Hong Kong reels under a recession and movement restrictions caused by the coronavirus.