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    • Japan's Sweet Baby Panda Makes Public Debut
    • Japan's Sweet Baby Panda Makes Public Debut
    • Japan's Sweet Baby Panda Makes Public Debut
    • Japan's Sweet Baby Panda Makes Public Debut
    • Japan's Sweet Baby Panda Makes Public Debut
    • Japan's Sweet Baby Panda Makes Public Debut
    • Japan's Sweet Baby Panda Makes Public Debut
    • Japan's Sweet Baby Panda Makes Public Debut
    • Japan's Sweet Baby Panda Makes Public Debut
    • Japan's Sweet Baby Panda Makes Public Debut
    • Japan's Sweet Baby Panda Makes Public Debut
    • Japan's Sweet Baby Panda Makes Public Debut
    © AFP 2018 / Toshifumi Kitamura
    Elementary schoolchildren enter the panda house to see giant panda cub Xiang Xiang at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on December 18, 2017.

    A giant, female panda cub called Xiang Xiang has just made its first official public appearance at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, where crowds of fans gathered to see the six-month-old animal. The young panda is so popular that the zoo had to set up a lottery to select guests from a quarter million applicants.

    Hundreds of lucky lottery winners, many wearing panda-themed clothes, flocked to the Ueno Zoological Gardens on December 19 for a chance to see Xiang Xiang, born six month ago. It is the zoo's first baby panda exhibition since 1988. The star panda also posed for cameras during a press briefing the day before.

     

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