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Giant panda Shin Shin at Ueno Zoo appears to be pregnant, a zoo official said Tuesday, spurring hopes the Tokyo landmark might see its first cub since 1988.

If the male panda Ri Ri and Shin Shin produce a cub, it will be the first time the nation’s oldest zoo, established in 1882, has succeeded in the natural breeding of pandas. The pair were leased from China in February 2011.

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