Tuesday 21 November 2017

Japan's baby panda given sweet-smelling name

A screen shows an image of Japan's female baby giant panda held by her mother as Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike announces the cub's name (AP/Koji Sasahara)
A screen shows an image of Japan's female baby giant panda held by her mother as Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike announces the cub's name (AP/Koji Sasahara)

Japan's baby panda has been named Xiang Xiang, or fragrance.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike announced Monday that the three-month-old giant panda is called Shan Shan in Japanese, or Xiang Xiang in Chinese.

The name, whose Chinese characters mean fragrance, was chosen from more than 320,000 suggestions and was approved by Chinese authorities.

The Ueno Zoo in Tokyo said the panda is healthy and growing rapidly.

She now weighs 6kg (13lbs) and measures 65 centimetres (26ins) long, nearly twice as big as she was a month ago, according to the latest measurement marking the 100th day since her birth.

Videos released last week showed the fluffy black-and-white cub crawling, and some teeth coming in.

Xiang Xiang was born on June 12 to the zoo's resident giant panda, Shin Shin.

AP

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