But while the press and the public continue to clamor for a baby panda, it seems Tian Tian will be subjected year-on-year to forced impregnation. If she does carry a baby to full-term, he or she will be shipped to China after two years and likely fielded out to another zoo as part of the country's ongoing "panda diplomacy". And so the sorry cycle will begin again with generation after generation of pandas being born to a life in captivity as the zoos profit and the Chinese government is paid handsomely in return for the loan of these living, breathing commodities.
Breeding pandas in captivity will not save the species. Yes, panda babies are adorable and the chance of seeing one of these bundles of joy in real life is unarguably appealing. But before jumping on the bandwagon to lament the second failed pregnancy and wish the zoo luck in its efforts in coming years, please spare a thought for Tian Tian.
Please, let her retain one of the lamentably few things that she has control over in her otherwise minutely-managed and wholly unnatural life. No-one, be they human or non-human animal, should have motherhood forcibly imposed upon them. Please, just leave her be.