LONDON — Already exhausted by one media-hyped birth, can Britain survive another?
A month after a new heir to the throne was born to Prince William and his wife, the media here are on Baby Watch yet again, hoping for a bundle of joy that even the most ardently republican Brit would find hard to resist. Tian Tian, the female panda at the Edinburgh Zoo, might be pregnant.
Her handlers can’t know for sure. But the black-and-white crowd-pleaser is showing positive signs, such as nesting behavior, and hormone levels in her urine are encouraging. Any birth is likely to take place within the next two weeks.
A perfectly adorable panda cub would be another boon to the zoo, which took delivery of Tian Tian and a male panda, Yang Guang, in December 2011 on a 10-year loan from China. The two bamboo-chewers were shipped to the Scottish capital by FedEx in separate crates, each of which bore a label declaring its contents: “One panda.”