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Panda breeding is in the air | National Zoo says Mei Xiang shows signs breeding season is approaching

This is good news for panda lovers!

WASHINGTON — Panda breeding season will be soon, according to the Smithsonian National Zoo. 

That means there could potentially be another panda cub for the D.C. area to fall in love with, if Mei Xiang and Tian Tian decide to breed. 

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The zoo announced that Mei Xiang started showing signs that breeding season is approaching on March 15. 

The zoo said the giant panda's hormones are on the rise and she's been playing more frequently and scent-marking around her habitat. These are behavioral signs that lead zookeepers to believe breeding season is soon. 

In 2013, Mei Xiang gave birth to Bao Bao who departed for China in Feburary 2017. 

In 2015, Mei Xaing gave birth to Bei Bei who currently remains at the National Zoo.