Friday, September 14, 2012

Giant Panda–Ying Ying & Le Le

On July 1, 2008, Hong Kong Post issued the special stamp set to commemorate the handover of the cub pair of giant panda from the Central People's Government (CPG)  to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) . The issue comprises of 4 postage stamps depicted the cub of giant panda, Ying Ying and Le Le.

The giant panda has a very distinctive black-and-white coat, and adults measure around 1.5m long and around 75cm tall at the shoulder. Giant pandas live in mountainous regions, such as Sichuan, Gansu, Shaanxi, and Tibet. The panda has a diet that is overwhelmingly herbivorous. The giant panda eats shoots and leaves, living almost entirely on bamboo. The following  links shown how they are look very like to eat bamboo,

HK026-08.The pair of giant pandas given by the Central People's Government (CPG) in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) arrived safely in Hong Kong on April 26 , 2007 from Wolong, Sichuan. At the handover ceremony , the "Name the Giant Pandas" were announced. The young male (No. 606) was officially named "Le Le" and the female (No. 610) "Ying Ying". The names were chosen from among 13,000 entries with 6,700 different pairs of names.

Ying Ying (female #610) August 16, 2005, at the Wolong Center for Giant Panda Research, China. Her mother is Xi Xi (born at Wolong) and father is Lu Lu (wild born). Ying Ying arrived at Ocean Park on April 26, 2007.

Le Le (male #606) August 8, 2005 at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center, China. His mother Hai Zi (wild born) and his father Ling Ling (born at Chongqing Zoo). Le Le arrived at Ocean Park on April 26, 2007.

Giant pandas reach sexual maturity between the ages of four and eight, and may be reproductive until age 20. The mating season is between March and May, when a female goes into her estrous cycle which lasts for two or three days and only occurs once a year. When mating, the female is in a crouching, head-down position as the male mounts her from behind. Copulation time is short, ranging from thirty seconds to five minutes, but the male may mount her repeatedly to ensure successful fertilization.
Therefore the Giant Panda House of the park suspended the  exhibit on one day  in a bid to encourage Ying Ying and Le Le to mate.

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