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Courtship is bearly romantic
15th July 2021

By Karen Pickwick

After three years tracking pandas through China’s Qinling Mountains, filmmakers caught two male bears vying for the attention of a female.

It is the first time this courtship behaviour has been captured on film, and anyone expecting something ‘cute and cuddly’ would be sorely mistaken, according to LiveScience.

The two males squared off at the foot of a tree, fighting and bellowing while the female sat in the branches above. The older of the males won this initial skirmish, but when the female clambered down, she managed to slip away. Both males continued to trail the female for several weeks until, finally, the younger male won out.