One of the prized jewels of the Zoo Berlin are the two giant Chinese Panda’s on display, but their latest addition of Meng Meng, who was lent to the zoo earlier this year by China, hasn’t quite lived up to the zoo’s expectations and zookeepers are under the belief that a little sexual rendezvous may be all it takes to get things running again.
Believed to be the result of poor adaptation to the new surroundings, Meng Meng has gotten into the habit of always walking in reverse. While not completely unusual, the bear’s persistence has been concerning. It could be a continued itch to get out of captivity, but Berlin Zoo director Andreas Knieriem has another theory.
“The reverse walk is a protest against things she dislikes, be it the food or the carers,” Knieriem told the Berliner Zeitung. But more importantly, “Meng Meng is in puberty.”
With mating season around the corner — February to May — the zookeepers feel it is time to introduce Meng Meng to the zoo’s other Chinese Panda, Jiao Qing, with the hope that a little sexual play will release any built up frustrations she is having. Now they just hope the attraction is there.