Special Treatment Anyone?

How can you accuse a panda of deception? Look at her face.

This undated handout photograph released by the Taipei City Zoo on August 15, 2013 shows giant panda Yuan Yuan hugging her baby while sleeping at the Taipei Zoo.  Taiwan's first new-born panda stayed overnight for the first time with her doting mother, zoo-keepers said on August 15, 2013, following a heartwarming reunion that took place in the international limelight.  Photo: Taipei City Zoo, AFP/Getty Images
This undated handout photograph released by the Taipei City Zoo on August 15, 2013 shows giant panda Yuan Yuan hugging her baby while sleeping at the Taipei Zoo. Taiwan’s first new-born panda stayed overnight for the first time with her doting mother, zoo-keepers said on August 15, 2013, following a heartwarming reunion that took place in the international limelight.  Photo: Taipei City Zoo, AFP/Getty Images

Chinese panda specialists accused this mother panda, Yuan Yuan, of lying about being pregnant to get special treatment.  I copied and pasted this short article from the SF Gate.  Go to the source of additional cute pictures! Warning: you might not be able to handle all the cuteness.

Sneaky panda fakes pregnancy to get better treatment

In this Aug. 6, 2013 photo and released on Aug. 12, 2013 by the Taipei Zoo, female giant panda named "Yuan Yuan," one of a pair presented by China four years ago to mark warming ties with Taiwan, is reacquainted to her female cub by a staff member at the Taipei Zoo, in Taiwan. The 9-year-old "Yuan Yuan" delivered the cub on July 6, following artificial insemination given in March. (AP Photo/Taipei Zoo) Photo: Associated Press
In this Aug. 6, 2013 photo and released on Aug. 12, 2013 by the Taipei Zoo, female giant panda named “Yuan Yuan,” one of a pair presented by China four years ago to mark warming ties with Taiwan, is reacquainted to her female cub by a staff member at the Taipei Zoo, in Taiwan. The 9-year-old “Yuan Yuan” delivered the cub on July 6, following artificial insemination given in March. (AP Photo/Taipei Zoo) Photo: Associated Press

Their cuddliness belies their craftiness.

A panda named Yuan Yuan who lives at the Taipei Zoo has apparently been busted for scamming zookeepers into believing she was pregnant — all for sweet, sweet air conditioning, fruit and bamboo.

Experts believe Yuan Yuan figured out that she got the royal treatment while pregnant and actually manifested physical signs of pregnancy such as decreased appetite, uterine lining thickening and increased progesterone production. She’d been artificially inseminated in March so zookeepers were hopeful a panda baby was on the way.

To prep for a possible baby, Yuan Yuan was given a special room with 24/7 air conditioning and extra rations of the best food. Don’t take the high ground and say you wouldn’t do the same if you lived in a zoo.

Panda experts from mainland China were flown to Taiwan to give Yuan Yuan an ultrasound and determined she was living a lie. Her “pregnancy” symptoms have already begun to subside, according to officials.

Yuan Yuan was pregnant once before; in 2013, she gave birth to Yuan Zai. Hopefully the Taipei Zoo has comprehensive panda counseling for when Yuan Zai needs to talk through her issues with mom’s compulsive lying problem.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Sneaky-panda-fakes-pregnancy-to-get-better-6417408.php#photo-5048682

The last comment wasn’t necessary, in my opinion.  This one-time incident doesn’t show a history of lying and it doesn’t mean Yuan Yuan has a lying problem.  Maybe zookeepers should give an ultrasound before giving out all those “special treatments.”

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I began writing Elle's Adventure in China (EACh) in June 2014 as a fun summer project, but as obstacles kept interfering with my plans, I forked and forked more options. I took writing this novel much more seriously in mid-July, and want to have it officially published someday in my lifetime. As many artists put their hearts into their projects, so do I. I did not start out liking to read, but a professor suggested a book for me for homework a few years ago, and it was an amazing book. Since then, I read for pleasure, and I hope my novel, Elle's Adventure in China, does the same for as many of you as possible. The same thing goes to writing. I did not like to write until I took a course where the professor and papers made me love to write. I hope every one of you find what makes you happy and dedicated to work. In May 2015, I started my other blog, Read and Write Here (R&WH), as a place to post other things that aren't China- and Chinese culture-related and not EACh. I share some of my memories and experiences from student teaching, irregular participation in Daily Prompts, etc. I'd like to have regular people and bloggers to write book reviews and post it on R&WH someday. Keep reading and writing!

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