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scmp - 9 days ago

Tokyo asks China if Xiang Xiang and parents can stay, as lease of pandas ends

Cute, clumsy and endlessly entertaining, giant pandas are by far the most popular animals at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoological Gardens – but there are growing concerns in Japan that their enclosures may soon be empty.The zoo has three pandas, with the most popular being Xiang Xiang, born in June 2017. She was due to be returned to China last year, but the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which manages the zoo, was able to negotiate an extension of her stay in Japan.That extension runs out in December,…


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