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Giant pandas may finally be introduced into the wild

Although the giant panda is an endangered species, it looks as though much progress has been made with introducing more of these adorable creatures into the world.

Thanks to the work at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre, 168 baby pandas have been born under their roof since its inception in 1987, BBC News reports. The organization said it believes that these large numbers may soon lead to reintroducing the animals into the wild.

The news source reports that the center's achievements didn't come easy. Experts estimate that giant pandas are in heat for only three days a year and can become pregnant for only 12 to 24 hours. The animals are also lack certain skills when it comes to mating abilities.

To tackle this problem, researchers attempted to entice males with bamboo poles, which mimics scent-marking behavior. They also gave the creatures Viagra and showed them sex education videos.

In the end, scientists relied mostly on artificial insemination in order to generate more pregnancies.

According to the Smithsonian Zoological Park, giant pandas live on a diet comprised mostly of bamboo and can weigh up to 250 pounds in the wild.
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