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Romance blooms as spring arrives at Panda House

Ling-Ling the giant panda got into the spring of things Monday and mated with her partner, Hsing-Hsing. It was the second time the roly-poly pandas, the Washington zoo's most popular attractions, mated naturally since they arrived from the People's Republic of China in 1972.

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Giant pandas are solitary and pair only for breeding. Ling-Ling and her mate live in separate quarters at the zoo's Panda House, but occasionally play on a slope behind their quarters.

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