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Giant panda cub at Ueno zoo growing healthily

The giant panda cub is seen after turning 80 days old, at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens in the capital's Taito Ward on Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo courtesy of the Tokyo Zoological Park Society)

With the giant panda cub at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens turning 80 days old on Aug. 31, the zoo released data on the cub's body length and weight on Sept. 1.

The cub's weight has increased by 737 grams since Aug. 21 to 4,493 grams, and she is now 55.5 centimeters long from nose to tail, up 7.6 centimeters.

According to the zoo, the panda is now able to use her back paws, and lift her stomach off the ground by standing on all four limbs. Furthermore, her upper canine teeth are now apparently visible.

Regarding the cub's name, a selection committee that includes actress and honorary Panda Protection Institute of Japan Chairwoman Tetsuko Kuroyanagi has whittled down the top 100 names to a shortlist of eight. It is expected that the chosen name will be announced at the end of September, when the cub turns 100 days old.

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