China Accuses Panda Of Faking Pregnancies To Get Treats

When pandas have symptoms of pregnancy, keepers put them in private rooms and feed them extra food. When it's clear the pandas aren't pregnant, some maintain the act to keep the better accommodations.

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Pandas are cute, but also clever. China's state news agency reports pandas in captivity are accused of faking pregnancies. It starts innocently; some pandas have false symptoms of pregnancy like reduced appetite and less mobility. Excited keepers put the pandas into private rooms and feed them extra buns and bamboo, but even after it's clear the pandas are not pregnant, some go on acting pregnant to keep the five-star accommodations. It's MORNING EDITION.

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