01 Apr '11, 8am

Thousands of visitors flocked to Tokyo's Ueno Zoo on Fri to catch a first glimpse of a pair of pandas on loan from China

Thousands of visitors flocked to Tokyo's Ueno Zoo on Fri to catch a first glimpse of a pair of pandas on loan from China

Visitors and photographers gather at the enclosure of female giant panda Xiannu as it eats bamboo at Ueno Zoological Park in Tokyo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS View more photos TOKYO - THOUSANDS of visitors flocked to Tokyo's Ueno Zoo on Friday to catch a first glimpse of a pair of pandas on loan from China, in a welcome respite from the gloom over last month's earthquake and tsunami. The fluffy animals, who arrived at the zoo from China in February, had been scheduled to appear before the public from March 22, but power cuts and fears of aftershocks had caused the zoo to be closed since the disaster. According to the zoo, about 2,000 to 3,000 people had already lined up outside the zoo gate when it opened, and the queue remained long throughout the morning. 'The children looked very happy to see the pandas,' said Yumi Suzuki, an official of the zoo. 'The pandas looked cheerful, too...

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