Giant panda born in Tokyo zoo, survival uncertain

2017-06-12 09:01
In this image made from a video released by Tokyo Zoological Park Society, giant panda ShinShin holds her newborn cub in her mouth at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. (Tokyo Zoological Park Society via AP)

In this image made from a video released by Tokyo Zoological Park Society, giant panda ShinShin holds her newborn cub in her mouth at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. (Tokyo Zoological Park Society via AP)

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Tokyo - A giant panda has been born in a Tokyo zoo, but its gender, weight and even whether it will survive are uncertain.

Ueno Zoo said ShinShin gave birth on Monday. The zoo's statement said she was holding her cub in her paw, but whether the baby is nursing was not clear.

ShinShin's first cub was born in 2012, but died six days later. But other pandas born at the zoo have survived.

The father of the newborn is another panda in the zoo called RiRi, whose name means "power".

ShinShin's name means "truth".

About 420 pandas live in captivity, mostly in China, while about 1 860 live in the wild.

China for decades has given or lent its unofficial national mascot abroad as "panda diplomacy".

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