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Ueno Zoo’s giant panda might be pregnant

Courtesy of Tokyo Zoological Park Society

Shin Shin

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Giant panda Shin Shin at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo may be pregnant, the park told a press conference Thursday.

In February, the zoo confirmed for the first time in four years that the 11-year-old female panda and her male partner, Ri Ri, also 11, had mated.

Shin Shin has been showing signs of pregnancy since around Tuesday, including diminished appetite and increased rest, the zoo said.

The zoo will carry out further checks on Shin Shin’s condition because false pregnancy occurs in pandas.

Shin Shin gave birth to a baby in 2012, but the cub died six days later. The female panda had a false pregnancy in 2013.Speech

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