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Friday, 6th July 2012
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Giant panda gives birth at Tokyo zoo

Officials at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo have announced that giant panda Shin Shin has given birth, 102 days after conceiving.

The endangered animal became an international star when it was revealed in March that she and partner Ri Ri had mated and were expecting.

While the sex and weight of the newborn cub are yet to be determined, the birth is a major landmark as giant pandas so rarely reproduce in captivity.

Zoo officials have revealed that both mother and baby appear to be healthy but they are continuing to monitor Shin Shin because pandas frequently give birth to a second cub up to 24 hours after the first, the Japan Times reported.

"Shin Shin has been holding the cub to her chest," a spokesperson for the zoo told the news provider. She is also showing signs of feeding.

The pair of giant pandas entered the zoo, which is the oldest in Japan, in February last year on a ten-year loan from China. Under the terms of the deal, the cub belongs to China and will return there after two years.

Written by Mark Smith

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