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Trying to Boost Population of the Giant Panda
Giant pandas in captivity are difficult to breed, so a zoo in Mexico is resorting to artificial insemination.
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Giant panda Shuan Shuan eats bamboo in her inclosure at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City, Thursday, July 5, 2012. Shuan Shuan is the aunt of giant panda Xin Xin, who was selected to be be artificially inseminated next year in hopes of adding to the zoo's panda family, Mexico City Environment Secretary Martha Delgado announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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Giant panda Xin Xin sleeps at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City, Thursday, July 5, 2012. Xin Xin will be artificially inseminated next year in hopes of adding to the zoo's panda family Mexico City Environment Secretary Martha Delgado announced Thursday. The 22-year-old female panda is expected to be inseminated next April. Xin Xin, whose name means Hope, is the third generation born from a pair of pandas given to Mexico by China in 1975 as a symbol of friendship between the countries. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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Giant panda Shuan Shuan eats bamboo in her inclosure at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City, Thursday, July 5, 2012. Shuan Shuan is the aunt of giant panda Xin Xin, who was selected to be be artificially inseminated next year in hopes of adding to the zoo's panda family, Mexico City Environment Secretary Martha Delgado announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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In this image made from video by the Ueno Zoological Garden and released via Kyodo News, seven-year-old female giant panda Shin Shin cuddles a newly born baby in her cage at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Friday, July 6, 2012. The panda was born Thursday but the baby's gender was not immediately known. (AP Photo/Ueno Zoological Garden via Kyodo News) 

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Visitors watch male giant panda Ri Ri at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The zoo announced Monday his female partner Shin Shin, who arrived from China with him in Feb, 2011, has shown signs of pregnancy. The zoo plans to suspend public viewing of Shin Shin from July 3 to monitor her closely. A zoo official said the status won't be confirmed until the birth of a baby because there are many cases that end in false pregnancy. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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A guard requests visitors not to use flash to take photos of male giant panda Ri Ri at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The zoo announced Monday his female partner Shin Shin, who arrived from China with Ri Ri in Feb, 2011, has shown signs of pregnancy. The zoo plans to suspend public viewing of Shin Shin from July 3 to monitor her closely. A zoo official said the status won't be confirmed until the birth of a baby because there are many cases that end in false pregnancy. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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In this image made from video released by the Ueno Zoological Gardens, seven-year-old female giant panda Shin Shin lays in her cage after giving birth to a baby, unseen, at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo Thursday, July 5, 2012. It was the first time in 24 years that a panda has been born at the Tokyo zoo. The 7-year-old mother was brought to Japan from China just before the March 11, 2011 devastating earthquake and tsunami. The baby's gender was not immediately known. (AP Photo/Ueno Zoological Gardens) 

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Female giant panda Shin Shin eats lunch at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The zoo announced Monday that Shin Shin, who arrived from China with a male partner in Feb, 2011, has shown signs of pregnancy. The zoo plans to suspend public viewing from July 3 to monitor her closely. A zoo official said the status won't be confirmed until the birth of a baby because there are many cases that end in false pregnancy. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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In this image made from video by the Ueno Zoological Garden and released via Kyodo News, seven-year-old female giant panda Shin Shin cuddles her newly born baby in her cage at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Friday, July 6, 2012. The panda was born Thursday but the baby's gender was not immediately known. (AP Photo/Ueno Zoological Garden via Kyodo News)

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Female giant panda Shin Shin eats lunch at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The zoo announced Monday that Shin Shin, who arrived from China with a male partner in Feb, 2011, has shown signs of pregnancy. The zoo plans to suspend public viewing from July 3 to monitor her closely. A zoo official said the status won't be confirmed until the birth of a baby because there are many cases that end in false pregnancy. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Female giant panda Shin Shin rests at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The zoo announced Monday that Shin Shin, who arrived from China with a male partner in Feb, 2011, has shown signs of pregnancy. The zoo plans to suspend public viewing from July 3 to monitor her closely. A zoo official said the status won't be confirmed until the birth of a baby because there are many cases that end in false pregnancy. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Trying to Boost Population of the Giant Panda

Giant pandas in captivity are difficult to breed, so a zoo in Mexico is resorting to artificial insemination.

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