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Baby panda, a New Year's present for Thailand

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A new panda baby could come any day now. The Chiang Mai Zoo's Lin Hui is pregnant. 

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An ultrasound image shows Lin Hui's womb is expanding, indicating she is pregnant after she was inseminated artificially in September. CHEEWIN SATTHA

Baby panda, a New Year's present for Thailand

This 2009 scene of Lin Hui and baby Lin Ping is about to be repeated. EPA photo

There were a few tears earlier this year when four-year-old panda cub Lin Ping left the Chiang Mai zoo for China on September 28 to find a mate.

She, of course, is the only panda ever born in Thailand.

Now people are smiling again. Lin Hui, Lin Ping's mother, is pregnant. Her baby is 91 days old and could be born any minute now – although sometime in January is most likely.

"The delivery of a panda could be anytime. We have to watch her 24 hours a day ," Baripat Siriarunrat, the chief researcher of the panda project, said.

Once again the pregnancy is the result of artificial insemination, carried out the same day that Ling Ping left.

There is one possible problem, however. Lin Ping is expected to return to Thailand in May with her mate. If that happens, the Chiang Mai zoo will have five pandas: Lin Ping, her mate, her parents and the new baby panda. But China only allows Thailand to have four. Will one of them have to leave?

Adapted from a story by Cheewin Sattha. You can read the full story here:

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allow: to let somebody/something do something; to let something happen or be done - อนุญาต, ยอมรับ

artificial: made by people instead of being something natural - ที่ประดิษฐ์ขึ้น

artificial insemination: the process of making a woman or female animal pregnant by an artificial method of putting male sperm inside her, and not by sexual activity - การผสมเทียม

delivery: a birth - การคลอดลูก

expand: to make or become larger - ขยาย

image: the picture that you see on a computer or television screen, or in a cinema - ภาพ, ภาพบนจอ

indicate: to show that something is true, exists or will happen - แสดง, ทำให้รู้

inseminate: to put sperm into a woman or female animal in order to make her pregnant - ผสมเทียม, เพาะเชื้อ

mate: an animal's sexual partner - ผสมพันธุ์ (สัตว์)

pregnant: having a baby developing inside the body - ท้อง ตั้งครรภ์

researcher: a person who carriers out a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it - นักวิจัย

tears: drops of water that come from your eyes when you cry or when something (dust, gas, etc.) has entered your eyes - น้ำตา

ultrasound: sound that is higher than humans can hear; a process that produces an image of what is inside something - คลื่นเหนือเสียง, คลื่นเสียงที่มีความถี่มากกว่า 20,000 เฮิรตซ์

womb: the organ in women and female animals in which babies develop before they are born - มดลูก

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