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China's notoriously sex-shy pandas are being put through a rigorous "sexercise" programme in a new effort to encourage them to mate, state media reported on Tuesday.
The Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre in the southwestern province of Sichuan is making male pandas walk on their two legs to strengthen their pelvic and hip muscles, to better prepare them for sex, the China Daily said.
The move, which is achieved by luring male pandas up with an apple, looks remarkably like a dance routine and is aimed to boost the animal's sexual stamina, the report said.
Giant pandas are known to be sexually inactive, but the new measure follows several other initiatives taken to try and encourage breeding, including panda pornography.
The quirky measures aim to ensure the survival of one of the world's most endangered animals.
There are worse forms of exercise out there (hello, spin class!) and, really, this sounds like something that could probably help a stale marriage or five. Well, that or a video camera in the bedroom. You could also try making your sex life spiritual, housework, or porn. Hey, 'porn' worked for the pandas!
Randy pandas are also showcased having sex in front of their inexperienced counterparts to show the latter how it's done.
More than 30 percent of pandas at the base in Chengdu can now have sex naturally, compared to just 10 percent a decade ago, according to the report.
Yes, this post is about pandas, but it's also about sex. So, do you have any tried and true tricks for the bedroom (or the pandas)? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.