Giant panda born in Tokyo zoo, survival uncertain

In this image made from a video released by Tokyo Zoological Park Society giant panda Shin Shin holds her newborn cub in her mouth at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo Monday

In this image made from a video released by Tokyo Zoological Park Society giant panda Shin Shin holds her newborn cub in her mouth at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo Monday

He suggested that the new panda cub could attract some 5,657,000 people to the zoo in fiscal 2017, up over 1.8 million from the previous year, by drawing analogy to the increased visitor rates at the zoo in 1972 when giant pandas were exhibited in Japan for the first time.

The first giant panda cub in five years was born at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on Monday.

The zoo in Taito Ward will carefully observe the 11-year-old female panda and her baby, both of whom are doing fine, it said.

For the time being the zoo will monitor the cub around the clock, since the health of newborns is unstable in the days following birth.

As a result, zoo keepers closely observed Shin Shin's behavior.

"Let's visit the zoo again when the cub is in public view", she told her son.

When the panda cub will be put on public display is yet to be determined.

A urine test had also indicated the panda was pregnant, the zoo said. "We are really happy about it", Yutaka Fukuda, head of the zoo, said at the conference.

"(The cub) cries vigorously and we saw it suckling the mother panda's breasts four or five times last night", an official at Ueno Zoological Gardens said.

They had a panda cub together in July 2012 but it died just six days after birth.

Shin Shin and her partner, Ri Ri, arrived from China in February 2011 and went on view shortly after a devastating natural disaster and tsunami the next month, providing some welcome good news for the reeling nation.

"Panda is a very hard animal to breed and there are still many things we don't know", Fukuda said.

Let us explain. Two local restaurants located close to the zoo saw their shares soar following the cub's birth. The new addition at the Ueno Zoo is said to be even more remarkable because it was born naturally.

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