Tokyo's Popular Panda Xiang Xiang Turns Two

Tokyo's popular panda Xiang Xiang turns two

Many visitors celebrated the second birthday of Xiang Xiang, a popular giant panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, on Wednesday.

People formed long lines in front of the panda facility to see the female cub. Some had to wait as long as three hours.

The visitors were excited to see and take photos of the cub eating bamboo leaves and moving around. The zoo set up a corner for panda lovers to write messages to Xiang Xiang, and for selling mementos.

A woman in her 40s said the cub is a bit clumsy and yet cute, and she wants to continue to see Xiang Xiang grow up.

Another woman in her 30s with her 3-year-old daughter said the way the cub eats bamboo leaves was cute.

Xiang Xiang was initially to be transferred around her second birthday to China, which has the panda's ownership right. But her stay has been extended until the end of next year in response to requests from many people in Japan.