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Zoo in Wakayama marks 15th panda birth

Kyodo

A giant panda at a zoo in Wakayama Prefecture gave birth to a female cub early Sunday, the zoo operator said, bringing the total number of pandas born there to 15.

The 24-cm-long baby panda weighed 197 grams, and both the cub and mother Rauhin, 16, are in good health, the Adventure World zoo amusement park said in a statement.

The mother picked up the cub immediately after giving birth, according to a zoo official.

Rauhin was born at the zoo in the resort town of Shirahama in September 2000. The newborn cub is her eighth. The cub’s father is Eimei, 24.

Twin cubs were last born at the zoo in December 2014 and were born to the same couple.

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