You really can’t make stuff like this up. Over the weekend,  Mei Xiang and Tian Tian had the chance to do things the ol’ fashioned way at the National Zoo. Apparently a little Barry White and a bottle of wine didn’t do the trick:

“They had a chance to breed naturally yesterday,” Renick-Mayer said. “They did not succeed.”

Sigh. Missed connections.

But all is not lost for Mei Xiang: today the zoo live tweeted her artificial insemination procedure.

https://twitter.com/#!/NationalZoo/status/197070752971890688

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The Twitterverse was fascinated and a little horrified, but above all, amused:

https://twitter.com/#!/GingrichIdeas/status/197071133655310337

https://twitter.com/#!/petersuderman/status/197074223380955137

https://twitter.com/#!/RebelliousVal/status/197076353818968066

https://twitter.com/#!/RachelSB/status/197068609288282112

https://twitter.com/#!/esreif/status/197072735745216512