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