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Tokyo zoo celebrates birth of first panda in 24 years

07-07-2012 00:23 BJT

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Tokyo zoo is celebrating the birth of its first panda in 24 years. The cub was born to 7-year-old Shin Shin on Thursday. Proud mum, and her mate Ri Ri, were brought to Japan from China just before last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The baby’s gender is not immediately known. Zoo officials say the pair appears to be in good health, but would be monitored around the clock. The panda cub hasn’t been named yet. But as part of the loan agreement, the name of the baby must be approved by Beijing.

The cub was conceived naturally. Giant pandas have a low birth rate and artificial insemination has been common in captive breeding programs.

A male panda Bili, named Ri Ri in Japan, is seen eating bamboo through a window
glass as visitors are reflected on the window, at Ueno Zoological Park in Tokyo
June 28, 2012.

Shin Shin eats bamboo at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo in April 2011. Shin Shin has given birth
to a baby panda, in a rare success for Japan's captive breeding programme.

Female giant panda Shin Shin lies in her cage after giving birth to a baby (unseen)
at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo July 5, 2012, in this handout image released by Tokyo
Zoological Park Society.

Female giant panda Shin Shin and her new baby are seen at Ueno Zoo
in Tokyo July 6, 2012, in this handout image released by the Tokyo
Zoological Park Society.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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