Aquarium chief dolphins' best friend

Oct 29, 2013

Aquarium chief dolphins' best friend

Right after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck in March 2011, Junichi Jingu, manager of exhibits at Marinepia Matsushima Aquarium, feared that he would never see its rare Commerson’s dolphins again. “The shaking was so strong that I thought the floors would collapse,” Jingu, ...

Shin Shin had a phantom pregnancy: Ueno panda experts

Aug 5, 2013

Shin Shin had a phantom pregnancy: Ueno panda experts

Specialists at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo have concluded that giant panda Shin Shin, 8, experienced a phantom pregnancy, the zoo said Monday. According to the zoo, Shin Shin is back to normal after showing signs of pregnancy, including a lack of appetite and reduced activity, ...

Shin Shin the panda unlikely to be pregnant

Jun 26, 2013

Shin Shin the panda unlikely to be pregnant

by Masaaki Kameda

Shin Shin, the female giant panda at Ueno Zoo, is highly unlikely to be pregnant, officials at the Tokyo facility said Tuesday, saying she isn’t showing the conditions usually observed before pandas give birth. Shin Shin has been removed from public viewing since June ...

Ueno Zoo to draw curtain on pandas angling to mate

Mar 7, 2013

Ueno Zoo to draw curtain on pandas angling to mate

Two giant pandas will be removed from public view Thursday because they appear to have entered the mating season, Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo said Wednesday. The zoo added that it will decide within about two weeks whether to start showing the 7-year-old mammals again. On ...