Ja­pan baby panda healthy after 30 days

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

A baby panda in Ja­pan has sur­vived its cru­cial first 30 days, zoo of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day, as fresh video showed the cub at one month old. The fe­male panda was the first to be born at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo in five years. The rare birth de­lighted an­i­mal lovers and busi­nesses keen to cash in on the ex­cite­ment that the panda gen­er­ated. Footage re­leased by the zoo shows the cub be­ing weighed and mea­sured by zoo keep­ers. She is vis­i­bly big­ger and has clearer blackand-white col­or­ing com­pared to an ear­lier re­lease.

But the panda barely moved, ex­cept when yawn­ing and fall­ing asleep. At 30 days, she tipped the scales at 1,147.8 grams (2 pounds, 8 ounces) and mea­sured 29.5 cen­time­ters (11.6 inches) in length. “She’s steadily grow­ing,” zoo di­rec­tor Yu­taka Fukuda told re­porters. “The first month since birth is an un­sta­ble pe­riod. I think we were able to get through this dif­fi­cult phase.” The baby panda’s mother, Shin Shin, who mated with male Ri Ri in Feb­ru­ary, had given birth to an­other cub in 2012 — the first time at the zoo in 24 years but the baby died from pneu­mo­nia just six days later.

“We’ll re­main vig­i­lant and keep an eye on the baby panda,” Fukuda said. The zoo is mon­i­tor­ing her and mother Shin Shin 24 hours a day with an ex­pert vis­it­ing from China, of­fi­cials said. The Tokyo gov­ern­ment will on July 28 be­gin so­lic­it­ing ideas from the pub­lic to name the panda, the zoo said. It is es­ti­mated that fewer than 2,000 gi­ant pan­das re­main in the wild, in three prov­inces in south-cen­tral China.—AFP

TOKYO: This hand­out photo taken and re­leased yes­ter­day by the Tokyo Zo­o­log­i­cal Park So­ci­ety shows the 30-day-old fe­male panda cub of gi­ant panda Shin Shin at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo. —AFP

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