Ueno Zoo announced the birth of its first giant panda in five years on Monday.
Shin Shin, 11, gave birth to a cub at 11:52 a.m., and the mother was confirmed to be holding the cub later in the day, said Mikako Kaneko, a section chief at Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo.
She said both mother and cub appear to be healthy and that the cub cries out whenever Shin Shin shifts holding positions.
“I’m full of emotion. We are really happy about it,” Yutaka Fukuda, head of the zoo, said at a hastily convened news conference. “But we would like to carefully monitor them because the cub is still in a very early stage.”
The important thing for now is to monitor whether Shin Shin will properly look after the cub, Fukuda said.