Ling Ling the Panda Bear

LORELAI: I have to go call Patty and stop the forced mating process. I feel like Ling Ling the panda bear.

Ling Ling was a giant panda born at Beijing Zoo in China in 1985. In 1992 he was given to Japan and the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo in exchange for a panda born in Japan. He was paired with a female giant panda named Tong Tong, but they were unable to breed successfully and produced no offspring. Tong Tong died in 2000, and from 2001, the zoo began trying to breed him with other giant pandas, using artificial insemination, to no avail. This is the forced mating process that Lorelai refers to. Ling Ling died in 2008.

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