Tokyo zoo’s new baby panda dies
Panda cub was first to be born at zoo in 24 years
A BABY giant panda died at a Tokyo zoo today, less than a week after becoming the first cub to be born at the facility in 24 years.
Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo said the male panda, who had not been named, died of pneumonia.
A keeper found the cub, which was born last Thursday, lying belly up and not breathing, on his seven-year-old mother’s chest.
He was pronounced dead an hour later, after resuscitation efforts failed.
The baby panda had been kept in an incubator for three days before being returned to Shin Shin yesterday.
“They peacefully spent the night and the baby was doing fine just this morning,” Mr Fukuda said with tears in his eyes. “It happened so suddenly, and it’s such a pity.”
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