10:48 2 March 2017
Pandas back on display at Tokyo zoo after mating
TOKYO, March 2, Kyodo
A Tokyo zoo put a pair of pandas back on display Thursday after they mated for the first time in four years earlier this week, raising hopes for the birth of a baby panda.
The Ueno Zoological Gardens said the male panda Ri Ri and female panda Shin Shin, both aged 11, mated three times Monday and began to lose interest in each other afterwards.
The zoo in Tokyo's Taito Ward pulled the pandas from public viewing Feb. 22 after they came into heat.
It said it will monitor Shin Shin for changes in behavior and appetite to see if she has become pregnant.
The pair had a cub in 2012 but it died six days after birth due to pneumonia. In 2013, Shin Shin showed signs of being pregnant, but later proved not to be.