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Photo Journal: Proud papa

(Mainichi)

Giant panda Eimei at Wakayama Adventure World in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, munches on bamboo on Sept. 15, 2016 to celebrate his birthday after turning 24 the previous day. Eimei was born at Beijing Zoo in 1992 and was moved to the Wakayama park in 1994, where he has fathered 13 of the 14 giant pandas born there. Though he may be the equivalent of 72 in human years, natural mating between Eimei and the 16-year-old Rauhin was confirmed in May this year, and a new addition to the big panda family is expected as early as the end of this month. (Mainichi)

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