Panda pornography (or panda porn) refers generally to movies depicting mating pandas, intended to promote sexual arousal in captive giant pandas. Under zoo conditions, the animals have in general proven unenthusiastic about mating, placing their species in danger of extinction.
The method was popularized following reports of an experiment performed by zoologists in Thailand, in which they showed several captive giant pandas at Chiang Mai Zoo a number of pornographic videos featuring other giant pandas. Though the researchers behind the project state that they believe there have been successful matings due to usage of pornographic movies for animals, such success so far has not been achieved outside of China, where 31 cubs were born over a ten-month period following commencement of the experiment. Other methods, including the use of Viagra to sexually stimulate pandas, have thus far been unsuccessful.
In popular culture
In 2007, singer/songwriter Josh Groban appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! performing a song entitled "Panda Love" which demonstrated the idea of pandas being encouraged to mate, this time with the music of Josh Groban.
Panda pornography was also discussed briefly in an episode of An Idiot Abroad: The Short Way Round.
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