Growing Panda Put on Diet for Mating Season

Zoo officials in Thailand are putting their male panda on a diet in hopes that it will enhance his ability to mate.

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Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui are having intimacy problems and much of the world knows. This week, authorities at the Chiang Mai Zoo in northern Thailand announced they are putting Chuang Chuang, a panda, on a diet because he now weighs 330 pounds, has become too heavy to have relations with his partner.

The zoo is counting on the panda couple to produce offspring, which is to say tourist attractions, while they're being rented from a Chinese zoo. The Thai zoo already sells paper souvenirs made from their excretions. Keep that in mind the next time you have to buy a gift for a man who has everything.

The zoo is cutting bamboo shoots from Chuang Chuang's diet and feeding him only the leaves, which take longer to chew and could be a little exercise. When Lin Hui approaches her fertile period in February, zoo officials plan to show Chuang Chuang some videos of pandas mating. But if he's that heavy, he just might just want to watch the Super Bowl on February 4 and order in a lot of chicken sate.

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