Funi's third phantom pregnancy is going full steam ahead. She is now spending almost her entire time, day and night, in her den which she has decked out nicely with a nest of shredded bamboo. The nest is growing daily and can be seen on the monitor out the front of the day room.
The most exciting thing is that she is once again showing amazing maternal instincts and has adopted another toy as her 'cub'. This year we were ready for her interest in a cub-like object and decided to purchase a large Kong toy to give her in place of the piece of fire hose that she used last year.
On Wednesday 19 February she was showing interest in a large piece of bamboo so we quickly put in the Kong and soon after she was seen picking it up in her mouth, carrying it around the den and finally settling down with it tucked just under one arm, with her head resting low to keep it safe and warm. Panda cam caught the moment on tape. She is now spending all her time looking after it, with it always resting on her or very nearby.