Edinburgh Zoo staff believe giant panda Tian Tian is pregnant, after the release of emails suggesting a cub could be born as early as tomorrow.
Scottish Government officials and staff at Edinburgh Zoo discussed in late July that Tian Tian was definitely pregnant and that her expected date, at the time, was August 25.
A spokesperson for Edinburgh Zoo said: “Giant panda breeding is a very complicated process but we believe that Tian Tian is pregnant.
“Although a specific date was suggested, like all babies, it’s hard to predict precisely and the panda breeding season can last until late September.
“Tian Tian is being closely monitored by our expert team and we will be the first to share any news as soon as we can.”
If the pregnancy has progressed as expected since the exchange of emails, the birth of the UK’s first panda cub is imminent.
• READ MORE ON SCOTSMAN.COM – Edinburgh Zoo confirms …