Star Panda Meets Media Before 2nd Birthday

Star panda meets media before 2nd birthday

A popular giant panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo has been shown to the media before she turns two on Wednesday.

Xiang Xiang was the first baby panda to be born at the zoo in five years. She now lives separately from her mother. On Monday, reporters watched her climbing a tree and eating bamboo shoots.

Zoo officials say Xiang Xiang weighed 61.6 kilograms as of last Wednesday.

The zoo's deputy head, Yasumasa Tomita, says he is grateful that Xiang Xiang has grown steadily. He says the zoo staff will continue to take good care of her as she approaches adulthood.

Xiang Xiang was supposed to be transferred to China before the age of two under an agreement between Tokyo and China. But her stay has been extended until the end of next year following negotiations between the two sides.

Ueno Zoo plans to hold an event on Wednesday to celebrate Xiang Xiang's second birthday.