November 5, 2015 10:04am CST
Scientists in China claim to have decoded the meaning of 13 different sounds made by giant Pandas. Apparently the males baa like a sheep when they are attempting to court a female and if the female is keen she responds with a bird-like twitter. Judging by the lack of success in getting pandas to reproduce in the world's zoos I'm guessing this isn't a sound which is heard very often. The scientists didn't reveal what the, presumably far more common, sounds were for "Not now love, Match of The Day is just starting" or "Not tonight darling, I've got a headache".
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• Boston, Massachusetts
5 Nov 15
Of course, they could have it all wrong and the reason that Panda couplings are rare and unsuccessful is that what they are really saying is: "No way am I getting romantic with all these stupid scientists watching, the perverts".
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6 Nov 15
@WorDazza OK Do you know the Greater Racket Tailed Drongo chirps like a cat and also chirps in many different ways. Its good that the pand has been studied and when it makes that baa sound people are told to run away . I am sure every kind of sound these animals make surely could be studied.
• Manchester, England
6 Nov 15
It's probably a good idea not to get too close to a panda, bleating, twittering or whatever noise it happens to be making. I suspect, despite their cuddly appearance, they could probably remove your head with a swipe of one of those paws.