Since its birth almost six months ago, the famous panda named Xiang Xiang finally made its press debut yesterday, before being debuted to the adoring public. Xiang Xiang first started a viewing frenzy back during its birth on July 12 at the Tokyo Ueno Zoo.
The press debut allowed a certain amount press and local school children to view this majestic creature, in what is Tokyo’s first panda exhibit since 1988. The panda cub weighs 12.3 kilos (27 pounds) and is the size of a medium-sized dog, zoo officials said, adding that it is in good health. In order to reduce stress on the panda and avoid crowds, the zoo will limit the maximum number of visitors to 2,000 a day for a one- to the two-minute slot until the end of January.
Visitors aiming to get a first look at Xiang Xiang has to go through a lottery system first, and thus far, the zoo had received over 200,000 lottery applicants. But for those who missed out, hardcore panda fans can view the panda via Livestream on the zoo’s page every Tuesday.
Pandas are considered an endangered species and they are only numbered at only 2,000 left that remains in the wild within three provinces in China. So, are you excited on the reveal of Xiang Xiang.