Baby panda's death in Tokyo sparks grief
Japan Today -- Jul 12
The death of a baby panda in Japan stopped regular television programming and brought a Tokyo zoo director to tears on Wednesday, a week after its birth sent ripples of excitement across the nation.
Newscasts had dedicated a nightly segment to the male cub's daily activities since his birth on July 5, with retailers unveiling a host of panda-themed products in celebration.
The unnamed cub was initially hailed as a rare success for Japan's captive breeding program as it was the zoo's first panda born in 24 years and the only one conceived from natural sexual intercourse.
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