A baby giant panda, which was born in June, and its mother Shin Shin are pictured on August 11, 2017, in a handout photo provided by Tokyo Zoological Park Society in Tokyo, Japan August 14, 2017. Tokyo Zoological Park Society/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT
A 2-month-old panda, the first cub born at Ueno Zoo in five years, is growing well and has become “fluffy,” the Tokyo zoo said Monday as it released fresh footage of the animal.
The footage showed the unnamed cub being weighed and measured. Other scenes showed the cub napping, crawling and playing with her mother, Shin Shin.
“The baby panda is now fluffy with increasing body hair,” zoo director Yutaka Fukuda said at a news conference. “She will grow even cuter as more panda-like characteristics begin to emerge.”
In June, the rare panda birth triggered a frenzy of media and public excitement, with businesses keen to cash in.
The zoo has invited the public to name the cub and said it had received some 250,000 submissions. The panda’s name will be announced in September.
The cub, which turned 60 days old on Friday, weighed 3,010.4 grams (6.6 pounds) — nearly three times heavier than last month, according to the zoo. She was 43.9 cm (17.3 inches) long, up from 29.5 cm at 30 days, the zoo added.
In the video footage, the panda is shown crawling around, using her front paws to drag her body across the floor. It will take another month before she is able to support her full body weight on all four paws, zoo officials said.
Although the panda’s eyes are now open, she can so far only sense light and can’t yet see objects, they said.
Kyodo — A female panda cub born last month at a Tokyo zoo is growing well and can now crawl, as well as move its head from side to side, zoo officials said Sunday.
The giant panda cub has drawn public attention since its birth at the Ueno Zoological Gardens on June 12. It is the first panda cub born there since 2012. The zoo has been closely monitoring the growth of the cub, whose birth was celebrated in Japan as well as China.
The cub weighed 1,656.5 grams and was 34.1 centimeters long in a checkup on Saturday, which marked 40 days since its birth, the zoo said, adding the cub can also slightly open its eyes.
The zoo also said the cub was seen crawling from July 17 and two days later, and has hair growing from its limbs.
The cub was born to mother Shin Shin and father Ri Ri.
According to the zoo, the 12-year-old mother panda is breastfeeding the cub and helping it discharge waste.
“The mother appears to be stable in rearing its cub,” said Mikako Kaneko, a zoo official. The zoo will continue monitoring the mother and cub round the clock.