Edinburgh Zoo is delighted to announce that giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang met for the first time this morning.
Based on a combination of hormone testing and behavioural observation over several weeks, experts decided the time was now right for the panda pair to meet.
The footage here shows Tian Tian and Yang Guang just before their first meeting. Tian Tian can be heard calling out to Yang Guang and seen pressing her paws and nose up to the grate separating them. The meeting took place within the off-show den to ensure the animals safety and to allow the panda keepers a higher degree of control.
Yang Guang showed no aggression during their time together, which included him mounting Tian Tian and panda wrestling!
The pair will be introduced again this evening and we hope to have an update available in due course.