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Mating Calls

Giant pandas
(Jessie Cohen / NZP, SI)
Giant pandas live rather solitary lives. When it's time to mate, males and females locate one another through scent. Then the female makes chirping noises. Now researchers in China have found the chirps are longer and harsher when the females are most fertile. Males may have an ear for such bleats and time mating attempts accordingly.

Learn more about the giant panda at the Encyclopedia of Life.


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