How do you get a Giant Panda to go to the doctor?

You just ask her!
Giant panda Mei Xiang has voluntarily cooperated during ultrasound procedures because of special training from animal keepers. However, she changed her mind early in August, so veterinary staff were unable to detect her fetus until she gave birth to a cub on August 23.

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Posted: 26 August 2013
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