Baby Panda Dies After Less Than a Week in Tokyo (Video)

Very sad news from Tokyo: A baby panda, born on July 5 and the first born in the Ueno Zoo in 24 years, has died. The tiny white-haired cub was found motionless and without a heartbeat on the belly of its mother, 7-year-old Shin Shin.

You can just glimpse the little panda in some parts of this video.

Zoo officials placed the baby in an incubator to revive it, but these efforts were unsuccessful.

Wiping away tears and choking up, zoo director Toshimitsu Doi said to reporters that “It appears that when the baby was being breast-fed, it may have inhaled some milk, which caused pneumonia.”

Shin Shin and Ri Ri, her partner, arrived from China in February 2011 shortly after the devastating tsunami and earthquake. The two giant pandas became instantly popular and excitement grew when monitors revealed that they may have mated. Changes in Shin Shin’s appetite and activity level alerted zoo keepers to her being pregnant.

Visitors had amassed at the zoo after the little panda’s birth and local media had followed it closely, says the BBC. Yutaka Fukuda, the zoo’s deputy director, echoed Doi’s emotions, saying “We’re really saddened by this. That’s all we can say.”

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Screenshot of Shin Shin and her baby from a video uploaded by Kyodo News via YouTube

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65 comments

Marianne Forgo
Marianne Forgo2 years ago

Sad news.Thanks for sharing.

CHRISTINANICKI G.
.2 years ago

very sad story,rest in peace ,be an angel

Rhiannon Bloomfield

Aw this is so sad, RIP baby panda :(

Judy W.
Judy W.3 years ago

This is so heartbreaking......just very sad.

Mark Donners
Mark Donners3 years ago

The zookeeper is an exception, but I would expect most Japanese would be happy at the death, the way they torture and kill dolphins and whales

Emma Davey
Emma D.3 years ago

sad :(

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch3 years ago

Very sad news.......

Tucker T.
Tucker T.3 years ago

REST IN PEACE SWEET BABY PANDA,REST IN PEACE!!

HOW IS MAMA DOING?!?!?

Tucker T.
Tucker T.3 years ago

REST IN PEACE SWEET BABY PANDA BEAR,REST IN PEACE!! )))))))))))))-;

HOW IS MAMA DOING?!?!

Darla G.
Darla G.3 years ago

RIP baby panda.