Zookeepers are using sex videos to teach a panda how to mate. Panda breeding in captivity is notoriously difficult. A Thai zoo plans to play "porn" on a big screen for a young male in the hope that he'll try the techniques on the female next door. Panda supervisor's explanation: "They don't know how to mate, so we need to show the male how." Cynical view: Any species that needs videos to mate is beyond salvation.
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