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Confirmation: Memphis Panda is Pregnant

MEMPHIS, TN - A young panda is pregant at the Memphis Zoo.

Officials said the pregnancy was confirmed through an ultrasound.

The six-year-old, giant panda Ya Ya was artificially inseminated in January after she and a male companion failed at mating the old-fashioned way.

The zoo has been closely monitoring her for weeks as the potential due date drew near.  She could deliver in 30 to 45 days, and Ya Ya and the cub will be off exhibit for three months.

She and male eight-year-old Le Le are on loan to the zoo from China.

Giant pandas are an endangered species.

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