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Baby panda at Ueno zoo growing up at steady pace

A baby giant panda is seen at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens on June 17, 2017. (Photo courtesy of the Tokyo Zoological Park Society)

A baby giant panda recently born at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens is growing up steadily, weighing 178.9 grams and measuring 16.4 centimeters long in the latest measurement, the zoo announced on June 18.

According to the Ueno Zoological Gardens, the baby panda went through its second measurement in the evening of June 17. Zoo keepers removed the baby, born on June 12, from the bosom of its 11-year-old mother, Shin Shin, for roughly 20 minutes to carry out a health checkup. They confirmed that the baby, whose sex has yet to be determined, had gained about 32 grams and grew roughly 2.1 centimeters -- from nose to the base of its tail -- in three days.

In addition, the panda cub's ears and areas around its eyes, as well as its shoulders are reportedly turning greyish in color.

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