Scientists from China and the US have released their findings from a study of the mating rituals of giant pandas today and the results are quite extraordinary and very romantic.
The study, conducted over the course of two years, found that giant pandas have the best and possibly only, sex of their lives when their partners sing them a love song beforehand.
These love songs are even whispered into the panda’s fluffy ears during intercourse, which is just extremely romantic in my opinion.
I mean, who doesn’t love a good serenading every now and then?
Lurking scientists then recorded these sexy panda vocalizations and analyzed them back in their lab, concluding that the sweet songs are “crucial for achieving behavioral synchrony and signaling intention to mate.”
The study examined 23 adult giant pandas during the 2016 and 2018 breeding seasons in Sichuan, China. Their findings were published in Royal Society Open Science.
All the subjects were sexually active, responsible adult pandas. The scientists clearly had no time for bedroom rookies.
The subjects were kept in a sort of tawdry sex enclosure, where they were introduced to their one night stand and observed by researchers from afar.
Each session recorded sounds that were described in the study as “bleats, chirps, moans, barks and roars.”
Apparently, some of these sounds indicate that sex is about to get violent and could leave one of the pandas with serious or life-threatening injuries.
As a result, the study recommended that animal caretakers should be trained to recognize the different vocal behaviors of their pandas in order to predict “successful copulation versus…likely failure.”
“This could also provide a valuable tool for breeding programs,” the study found.
The more you know, right?