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the Smithsonian national zoo will be on baby watch for the next few months , after veterinarians and scientists artificially inseminated may Zhong one of the zoos giant pandas Nicole McCorkle is this is giants panda keeper we'll have to wait and say certainly will continue to follow her behaviors and we'll do alter sounds odd as the time gets near the team perform the procedure Thursday night in Washington after Mays Johns behaviour and hormone reports indicated she was ovulating they then had to act quickly since breeding windows for giant pandas only last twenty four to seventy two hours each year but the difficulty doesn't end there zoo officials won't know right away whether the procedure succeeded since the female panda can sometimes act as if she's pregnant even if she isn't look to see if she's doing some nothing behaviors that so probably do either way whether it's true or false pregnancy but hopefully we'll have some clues as we get toward the end of the summer the only way to know whether she's pregnant is to see a fetus on an ultrasound but because the cub is so tiny compared to its mother officials say it can be difficult to detect even with the technology but there's reason to be optimistic maison intense hand her sperm donor have already parented three cubs