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    In Japan, there's growing optimism that one of the giant pandas in Tokyo Zoo is going to give birth.

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    In Japan, there's growing optimism that one of the giant pandas in Tokyo Zoo is going to give birth.

    SYNOPSIS: The news is causing considerable interest in Japan. If the panda gives birth it will be the first time that a baby panda has been born in captivity outside of China. Last year Japanese audiences were treated to a televised view of what might have been the beginning of an increase in the panda population. The broadcast met with mixed reactions from viewers. Some progressive parents thought it excellent sex education, others said they didn't mind seeing the result but they could do without the preliminaries. Japanese zoo officials then said that a birth was on the way, but this proved not to be. Now there are encouraging signs that Lan Lan the lady panda may indeed be pregnant.

    One of the hopeful signs is the way that Lan Lan is behaving.

    Like most pregnant females, she has become choosy about her food and doesn't feel much like running around. When she's sitting down breathing heavily she certainly looks pregnant. Her mate, Kang Kang, seems to be carrying out the role of a nervous father-to-be, pacing up and down outside the placid Lan Lan's cage.

    Although Zoo officials say appearances can be deceptive this time they are more hopeful than the last occasion, when they had to make hasty apologies for their premature announcement. It's not expected to be known more definitely whether Lan Lan is pregnant until the end of October -and whether she goes into the record books.

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