Saturday, May 5, 2007

Does Ya Ya Have a Stick of Butter in the Oven?

Posted on Sat, May 5, 2007 at 4:00 AM

On Friday, officials from the Memphis Zoo announced they were conducting a 24-hour watch to determine whether or not the giant panda Ya Ya is pregnant. The watch began on Thursday, and as of Saturday, there is still no word.

According to a release sent out by the zoo, Ya Ya was artificially inseminated in January, 112 days ago. Gestation periods for pandas average 133 days. Because of the cub's small size — around the size of a "stick of butter" at birth — pregnancies are hard to determine.

Ya Ya has been showing signs that she may be pregnant, according to the release. Those signs include lack of appetite and irritability.

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