Ueno Zoo Issues Update on Baby Giant Panda


Tokyo, Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said Tuesday that the female cub born to the zoo's giant panda, Shin Shin, moves her head to follow objects in motion near her, suggesting she can recognize things in front of her.

According to the zoo, Monday's body measurement showed that the cub is growing steadily, weighing 3,756.4 grams and reaching 47.9 centimeters long, up from 3,010.4 grams and 43.9 centimeters in the previous check on August 11.

During the measurement, the cub moved her head back and forth, probably following the movements of the staff. Meanwhile, she has yet to stand on all four legs, as her back legs are still weak.

More than 320,000 suggestions have been submitted by the public for the cub's name. The name will be announced in late September.

The baby was born to 11-year-old Shin Shin and her same-age partner, Ri Ri, on June 12.

Ueno Zoo's baby giant panda at 70 days old on August 21, 2017. Photograph courtesy of Tokyo Zoological Park Society. (© Jiji)

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