WASHINGTON, April 24,China Daily - This year, the National Zoo in Washington will be celebrating giant panda breeding season in a very special way.
"This is the first time we've imported semen from China for panda breeding," said Dennis Kelly, director of the zoo.
Caitlin Burrell, a research scientist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), arrived at Dulles International Airport on April 20 with frozen panda semen from China.
"Getting the sperm here was a huge endeavor," said Dr Copper Aitken-Palmer, a veterinarian at SCBI. "It sets a nice precedent, because it really has never happened here in the United States before. It opens up a lot of possibilities."
Mei Xiang, a female giant panda at the National Zoo in Washington, is expected to be artificially inseminated in the next two weeks with frozen semen transported from China. Connor Mallon / Smithsonian's National Zoo
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