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National Zoo completes 2 artificial inseminations of panda


WASHINGTON (AP)- Scientists at the National Zoo have artificially inseminated female giant panda Mei Xiang in an attempt to breed her with a panda in China.

The zoo said Monday that a team of reproductive scientists performed two artificial inseminations. The first one was completed Sunday, and the second procedure was done Monday morning.

For the first time, scientists used semen from a panda living in China named Hui Hui. Experts determined they would be a strong genetic match. Hui Hui has not sired any cubs.

Scientists also used semen from the National Zoo's male panda Tian Tian. But a cub from Tian Tian would not be as genetically valuable.

If Mei Xiang gives birth, scientists will use DNA testing to determine which male is the father.

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