I don’t drink, but I was drunk on euphoria.’ Much of his knowledge for the TV series was gleaned from the Chengdu ‘panda base’, where a team of experts is striving to make the sight of pandas padding about in the bamboo forests less of a rarity.For scientists know much more now than they did in the Sixties, when no one could fathom why Chi Chi refused to mate with Moscow Zoo’s An An and concluded that either their failure was a symptom of the Cold War or that pandas simply didn’t like sex.Dating is a stage of romantic relationships in humans whereby two people meet socially with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in an intimate relationship or marriage.
In six months’ time he will stop suckling and munch his first bamboo shoots.
By this time next year, his luxuriant black-and-white coat will have grown and he will be recognisable as the cuddly — if slightly melancholy — bear that melts our hearts.
With an estimated 1,800 giant pandas still in their natural habitat — the bamboo-covered mountains of Western China — and fewer than 300 in zoos and preserves, they remain on the critically-endangered list.
For long-standing cultural reasons, however (and because they can rent pandas to foreign zoos for up to £1million a year), the Communist authorities are determined to preserve their prized natural symbol.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.