Tokyo Zoo seeks names for star giant panda cub

Tokyo is seeking name ideas for a new giant panda cub born at its Ueno zoo.

Tuesday, 25th July 2017, 11:40 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:33 pm
The giant panda cub at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo
The giant panda cub at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo

The zoo, Japan's oldest, has not yet shown off the cub to the public.

A video of the cub, born on June 12, showed the squeaky baby snuggling with its mother ShinShin.

The roly-poly female cub already has the characteristic black and white giant panda pattern in its fur and its eyes have opened.

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The giant panda cub at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo

ShinShin's last cub was born in 2012, but survived only six days. The newcomer appears to be thriving, and is sure to draw huge crowds once it goes on display.

About 420 giant pandas live in captivity, mostly in their native China, with about 1,860 in the wild.

Weigh-in: the roly-poly female cub
The giant panda cub at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo
Weigh-in: the roly-poly female cub