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Monday, February 22, 2010

Of pandas and people ... and porn!

Animals in the zoo don't necessarily have it so good. Sure, they get food, water, shelter, candy and attention, but they're usually crowded, don't feel quite at home, and people stare at them most of the time.

And one activity that gets especially closely monitored is mating. Not nice.

For a lot of animals though, it's actually very important that they are closely followed when it comes to mating. Many animals in zoos are endangered in the wild, and zoo populations can actually be used to restore wild populations, or introduce som much needed genetic variance to small populations that might otherwise die out. Naturally, this is no replacement for healthy, stable populations in the wild, but it is a form of conservation.



So, back to mating. In captivity, many animals are reluctant to mate. This especially goes for pandas. But now, some researchers have managed to solve this panda-problem in a manner I don't think I would have thought of.

They show the pandas panda-porn. NSFW.

Also, I can tell you that pandas are a species in the order Carnivora, which generally consists of meat-eaters. Pandas eat mostly bamboo. It's strange. And since bamboo is harder to digest, pandas have to eat pretty much all their waking time. About 16 hours a day. It's a panda's life.

And while we're talking about getting inspired by dirty thoughts;

New research suggests that thinking about sex may sharpen your analytical skills.

So. Good luck to the pandas, with their newfound amour. And good luck with your critical thinking skills to all our non-panda readers.



1 comment:

  1. My analytical skills must be awesome then :p

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