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.

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Ueno Zoological Gardens official Mikako Kaneko shows images of the birth of a baby panda during a press conference in Tokyo on June 12, 2017. The Japanese zoo celebrated the first birth of a baby panda in five years on June 12, with the tiny cub small enough to fit in the palm of a human hand. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
Media crowd reporting a female giant panda named Shin Shin which zoo officials say may be pregnant at Ueno Zoological Park in Tokyo, Japan May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Ueno Zoo staff points an image of giant panda Shin Shin holding her newborn cub in her mouth, during a news conference at the zoo in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on June 12, 2017. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT.
A female giant panda named Shin Shin which zoo officials say may be pregnant is seen through a window glass at Ueno Zoological Park in Tokyo, Japan May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato
A female giant panda named Shin Shin which zoo officials say may be pregnant is seen through a window glass at Ueno Zoological Park in Tokyo, Japan May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Ueno Zoological Gardens official Mikako Kaneko shows images of the birth of a baby panda during a press conference in Tokyo on June 12, 2017. The Japanese zoo celebrated the first birth of a baby panda in five years on June 12, with the tiny cub small enough to fit in the palm of a human hand. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
Ueno Zoological Gardens official Mikako Kaneko (R) introduces the birth of a baby panda during a press conference in Tokyo on June 12, 2017, while zoo director Yutaka Fukuda (L) looks on. A Japanese zoo celebrated the first birth of a baby panda in five years Monday, with the tiny cub small enough to fit in the palm of a human hand. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
An employee of a department store in Tokyo's Ueno shopping district distributes paper masks showing a baby panda to celebrate the birth of a baby panda at the nearby zoo on June 12, 2017. A Japanese zoo celebrated the first birth of a baby panda in five years on June 12, with the tiny cub small enough to fit in the palm of a human hand. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk past banners reading 'Happy birthday baby panda' displayed on a street of Tokyo's Ueno shopping district on June 13, 2017. The first baby panda born in five years at a Japanese zoo appears to be in good health, it said on June 13, a day after the cub's birth delighted the nation. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
Eleven-year-old female giant panda Shin Shin takes a rest in her cage at Tokyo's Ueno zoo on May 24, 2017. Shin Shin, who was brought to Ueno Zoo from China, has been showing signs of pregnancy since last week after mating with male Ri Ri in February, according to zoo officials. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

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