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    In China, a unique baby has taken her first solo steps in the public eye.?

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    GV: Baby panda playing on ladder as crowds watch and walking across compound.
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    The first panda cub born in captivity was produced at Peking Zoo in 1963. In April last year, four females received artificial insemination, but only one - Chuan-chuan - conceived. Chuan-chuan had two previous pregnancies before giving birth Yuan Jing, but neither of her previous babies survived. Yuan Jing weighed 120 grams at birth and now weighs more than 20 kilograms. She learned to walk at three months of age, and received her distinctive black and white coat at five months old.




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    Background: In China, a unique baby has taken her first solo steps in the public eye. She is Yuan Jing - the world's first giant panda born of artificial insemination at Beijing (Peking) Zoo.

    SYNOPSIS: Yuan Jing is just nine months old (June 1979) and has only recently left her mother to start exploring her zoo home. Giant Pandas are rare animals found wild only in China and numbers have declined dramatically despite efforts to protect the species. Zoos in Britain Japan and the United States - the only nations outside China to own a pair of adult pandas - have tried unsuccessfully for some time to produce panda offspring. Beijing Zoo, however, has had ten naturally-born panda babies, and began artificial insemination experiments last year to further boost the birth rate. Thus Yuan Jing's shaky steps could mark a new path of hope for the future of her species...

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEQ53Y6O2D7FLI9JEQ4G20WDVR
    Media URN:
    VLVAEQ53Y6O2D7FLI9JEQ4G20WDVR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
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    N/A

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