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10-mo.-old giant panda cub at west Japan zoo to go on outdoor display on Oct. 21

Giant panda Rauhin, left, nurses her cub Fuhin at Adventure World in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on Sept. 24, 2021. (Mainichi/Yukihiro Takeuchi)

SHIRAHAMA, Wakayama -- A 10-month-old giant panda at the Adventure World zoo in this western Japan town will make its outdoor display debut on Oct. 21.

    Visitors can expect to see the cub Fuhin and her 21-year-old mother Rauhin playing together on the large lawn of an outdoor playground.

    As giant pandas are vulnerable to the heat, Fuhin has spent much of her time in an air-conditioned indoor space, only coming out to soak up some sun during cooler hours. Adventure World decided to move her to the outdoor playground because temperatures have dropped recently. Moving around under the sun is said to improve bone growth and motion capability.

    To prevent coronavirus transmissions, Adventure World has been running a lottery for the opportunity to see Fuhin. With the cub's outdoor debut, the zoo will do away with the lottery and booking system, so that all visitors can see the pandas. However, it may issue numbered tickets on the day depending on crowding and other factors. The giant pandas will be on display outside from the zoo's 10 a.m. opening to 3 p.m.

    (Japanese original by Yukihiro Takeuchi, Tanabe Local Bureau)

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