Visitors line up to view female baby panda Xiang Xiang on the first day of her public debut at Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: REUTERS
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Quarter of a million Japanese are fans of a baby panda?

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“Quarter of a million Japanese are fans of a baby panda?”

That’s just the one who applied to visit. I know lots who would love to see Xiang Xiang in person but can’t make the trip to Tokyo.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m opposed to zoos and have never visited one. But all reason flies out the window when it come to videos of pandas, especially the babies. I’m afraid to check out the livestream for fear I’ll become addicted and not get any work done.

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Ever think they might want to be extinct, forcing them to reproduce when actually their time is over. Met many fans of this and that and 1 year latter they are fans of that and this. I would suggest 250,000 Disney Passport holders.

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I’m opposed to zoos and have never visited one

there are a few good ones like Austrialia zoo, where you can experience nature-like environments. It is great for kids to understand nature’s wonder.

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Has anyone been to Fuji Safari Parku or Tama Zoo? If so, what are they like please? I dislike the city zoos I've been to in this country but the children like to see the animals.

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I've been to Tama zoo and it's well worth a visit. There is much more space for the animals (and the humans!) and greenery than Ueno zoo, which I find an utterly depressing place. Because of the size (and hilliness) of Tama zoo it can be quite a gruelling day if you have small children with pushchairs. Kasai Rinkai Koen is also a good day out.

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@kniknak I've visited Fuji Safari Park. Went in mid summer, was baking hot and everything was asleep. Think I saw a pheasant on the way out.

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Goodlucktoyou,

I probably should have said that in general I’m opposed to zoos. I do realize some are better than others and some do some good work for conservation etc. But they e never been where I’ve lived. There was no zoo in my hometown but once when still very young, visiting my aunt and uncle in the big city, they offered to take me to the zoo. I refused and even burst into tears at the thought of animals cooped up and not free to roam. Aunt and uncle were dumbfounded. In the 1950s I think there was not much criticism of zoos.

But I can watch the same Xiang Xiang videos over and over. I don’t claim to always being logical, ha ha.

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Are panda of the bear family but why are people so crazy with the panda but not the bear, I don't understand.

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Are panda of the bear family but why are people so crazy with the panda but not the bear, I don't understand.

I agree. Bears are my favorite animals. Wouldn't mind dying fighting one (claws or jaws) of one either. Pandas, not so much. Lazy vegetarians that can't screw enough to save it'a own species.

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It is amazing how so many people are easily influenced by the media.

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I do not get this panda obsession.

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Personally, I think the Red or Lesser Panda is cuter than the Great Panda.

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Are panda of the bear family but why are people so crazy with the panda but not the bear, I don't understand.

where i live in Kansai, people hunt bears. their meat is fatty, so good for winter and costs about 10000 yen. i love all animals, so I'm shocked. i played with a pet bear a while ago. love em.

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