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Tokyo's Baby Panda Makes First Appearance! See Cute Pictures...

Travel | Associated Press | December 19, 2017, 2:39 pm
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 A baby panda made a special appearance before Tokyo's governor, a group of local schoolchildren and the media one day ahead of its official public debut. (Image: AP)

A baby panda made a special appearance before Tokyo's governor, a group of local schoolchildren and the media one day ahead of its official public debut. (Image: AP)

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 Xiang Xiang, a 6-month-old female giant panda, made her debut on December 19 in a limited public viewing for avid fans who obtained tickets through a highly competitive lottery process. (Image: AP)

Xiang Xiang, a 6-month-old female giant panda, made her debut on December 19 in a limited public viewing for avid fans who obtained tickets through a highly competitive lottery process. (Image: AP)

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 Xiang Xiang, or

Xiang Xiang, or "Fragrance" in Chinese, was born June 12 to a resident panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo and now weighs more than 12 kilograms (26 pounds). (Image: AP)

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"The baby panda climbed a tree and even showed us her cute little back," Tokyo Governor told media. (Image: AP)

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"I was very anxious to see how she could come down," Koike added. (Image: AP)

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 Clinging to the tree trunk with her tiny but sharp claws, Xiang Xiang slowly came down to the ground. (Image: AP)

Clinging to the tree trunk with her tiny but sharp claws, Xiang Xiang slowly came down to the ground. (Image: AP)

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 Xiang Xiang then fell sound asleep, joined by her mother at her side. (Image: AP)

Xiang Xiang then fell sound asleep, joined by her mother at her side. (Image: AP)

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 Since October, dozens of zookeepers and officials have participated in Xiang Xiang's training so she gets used to the presence of people around her compartment. (Image: AP)

Since October, dozens of zookeepers and officials have participated in Xiang Xiang's training so she gets used to the presence of people around her compartment. (Image: AP)

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 Zoo officials said Xiang Xiang's public appearances will be limited to 2 1/2 hours a day for the time being to minimize stress. (Image: AP)

Zoo officials said Xiang Xiang's public appearances will be limited to 2 1/2 hours a day for the time being to minimize stress. (Image: AP)

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 Female giant panda cub Xiang Xiang walks in a cage during a press preview at the Ueno Zoological gardens in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

Female giant panda cub Xiang Xiang walks in a cage during a press preview at the Ueno Zoological gardens in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 Xiang Xiang climbs a tree during a press preview at the Ueno Zoological gardens in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

Xiang Xiang climbs a tree during a press preview at the Ueno Zoological gardens in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 Giant panda cub Xiang Xiang takes a nap in a cage at Ueno Zoo. (Image: AP)

Giant panda cub Xiang Xiang takes a nap in a cage at Ueno Zoo. (Image: AP)

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