By Jamie Rivera Published 03/24/2016 13:05:00 | Views: 2829
GIANT pandas Yang Yang and Long Hui had zoo staff wild with excitement yesterday as they mated several times - a rare event in captivity.

The mating season comes just once every 12 months, so the love-in at Vienna's Schonbrunn Zoo - where three cubs have been born since 2007 - left keepers hoping this year's breeding session will be a success.

If it is, a cub could arrive at the end of August.

Pandas are usually loners and staff at the Austrian zoo were alerted when Yang Yang and Long Hui showed interest in each other last week.

With gestation taking up to 163 days, they will now be waiting to see if the mating was successful.

Three panda cubs have been born at Schoenbrunn zoo since 2007 and, at the age of two, were taken to China, where most of the species lives in mountain ranges.

There are fewer than 2,000 pandas left in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund, which has the bear as its logo.

By Jamie Rivera 03/24/2016 13:05:00

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