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Giant panda cub at Ueno zoo surpasses 10-kg mark

Giant panda cub Xiang Xiang is seen climbing a tree at Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo's Taito Ward, on Nov. 19, 2017. (Photo courtesy of the Tokyo Zoological Park Society)

Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo has revealed that its giant panda cub Xiang Xiang has surpassed the 10-kilogram mark, as she turned 160 days old on Nov. 19.

The new milestone was made public by the zoo on Nov. 20, as part of an announcement on her latest physical exam results, which were carried out the previous day. Her weight was 10.6 kilograms, an increase of 0.7 kilograms compared to a measurement taken 10 days earlier.

According to sources such as senior officials within the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Xiang Xiang will be put on public display, possibly from Dec. 19. However, taking into account her physical condition, it is understood that a restricted viewing period of 2 to 3 hours each day is being considered.

The zoo has also announced that the cub has started running gently and standing on top of logs.

Currently, the zoo is helping Xiang Xiang acclimatize to public viewing by raising and lowering shutters in her enclosure before the zoo opens, and also on days when the zoo is closed.

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