Panda gives birth in Japan five years after previous cub died

A female panda gave birth at a Tokyo zoo on Monday, June 12th, zoo officials said, five years after her first cub was found dead just days having just been born.

Shin Shin, Ueno Zoo's 11-year-old giant panda, began pacing around her cage and showing other signs of agitation late on Saturday, June 10th.

This prompted keepers to watch around the clock before cries from a cub were heard shortly before noon and verified on a monitor.

The sex of the cub has yet to be determined but its weight was estimated to be around 5.3 ounces, and both mother and cub appeared in good health.

The news was greeted by Japan's top government spokesman as great news for the nation and a renewed symbol of Sino-Japanese friendship.