Psychics predict panda pregnancy

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — Lun Lun the giant panda may be pregnant.

That, at least, is the consensus of two psychics, enlisted Friday by Zoo Atlanta to predict the 8-year-old female panda’s pediatric prospects.

It was all done “in the spirit of good fun,” according to a news release from Zoo officials.

Atlanta-born psychic Helene Frisch said she telepathically connected with Lun Lun using “tone vibration,” the release said.

Frisch said she discerned that not only is Lun Lun pregnant, but she will likely bear a male cub by September 4.

Another psychic — Andy Liu, a native of China — used the ancient I Ching to calculate a 65 percent chance that Lun Lun is pregnant.

Zoo spokeswoman Jennifer Waller said officials have another reason to suspect that Lun Lun is expecting: The panda was artificially inseminated last March.

But panda pregnancies are notoriously difficult to diagnose.

Waller said officials should have definitive word on her condition this month.

Last July, Zoo Atlanta officials thought Lun Lun was pregnant but learned in August she was not.

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Aug. 5, 2006

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