Giant Panda Xiang Xiang's Stay in Tokyo Extended

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Tokyo, May 31 (Jiji Press)--Popular giant panda Xiang Xiang's stay at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo has been extended until the end of December 2020, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Friday.

The female giant panda was originally due to be handed over to China in June this year.

"I'm grateful about the extension," Koike said at a press conference. "I want Xiang Xiang to be loved by people in Tokyo and elsewhere. I also hope the cub will thrive."

The extension came after talks with the China Wildlife Conservation Association on possible stress on Xiang Xiang during transportation and the cub's adjustment to a new environment in China.

Xiang Xiang, weighing 59.2 kilograms as of Saturday, was born to Shin Shin, a female, and her partner, Ri Ri, at the zoo on June 12, 2017.

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