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Giant panda cub growing healthily in Wakayama Pref. as weight surges

An official weighs and measures a giant panda cub at the Adventure World theme park in the town of Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on Nov. 1, 2018. (Mainichi/Kenji Ikai)

SHIRAHAMA, Wakayama -- A giant panda baby girl born at the Adventure World theme park here in August has grown more than 40 times in weight in less than three months, according to her weight data measured on Nov. 1.

The yet-to-be-named cub, moving its limbs actively as she was carried by a zookeeper onto a scale, weighed in at 3,290 grams and measured 58 centimeters in length. It weighed just 75 grams and measured 15.5 centimeters long when she was born on Aug. 14.

Shortly after her birth, the then palm-sized cub was too weak to suckle on her own. Worried that she might not grow into an adult, her keepers placed the cub under round-the-clock watch.

Thanks to their tender loving care, the panda cub has since grown steadily, drinking her 18-year-old mother Rauhin's milk on her own a few times a day. She now makes movements like crawling and pushing up her torso on her paws.

"I would like people to come and see this cheerful girl grow further," said a park official.

Visitors are able to see the cub spending time with her mother in their enclosure through a glass window twice a day. The facility is also taking public suggestions for her name on its website until Nov. 16.

(Japanese original by Saiji Fujita, Tanabe Local Bureau)

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