A pair of pandas have mated in a Hong Kong zoo due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bizarre on Female First

Bizarre on Female First

The resident animals, Ying Ying and Le Le successfully mated on Monday (06.04.20), after making the most of the privacy at Ocean Park amid the ongoing lockdown.

The zoo says the pandas have been together in their enclosure since 2010 and have managed to mate after ''years of trial and learning''.

Michael Boos, the executive director of conservation at Ocean Park revealed that staff are excited about the prospect of a baby panda.

He said in a statement: ''The chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination.''

Mating season for pandas happens between March and May and staff had been on the lookout for signs of mating.

In late March the pair began flirting in panda fashion - Le Le left his scent markings and sniffed for Ying Ying's scent, while Ying Ying began playing in water.