Lockdown spurs Hong Kong pandas to finally mate after a decade
09 April 2020 | 12:16 pm
We look at reactions in China as the city of Wuhan, the Covid-19 epicentre, reopens after a 76-day lockdown. Also, a pair of pandas take advantage of a deserted theme park to mate for the first time in a decade!
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