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China reports 2 giant pandas in Tokyo safe after quake.

BEIJING, March 12 Kyodo

China's official media on Saturday reported that a giant panda pair living at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo survived Friday's catastrophic earthquake in Japan.

Xinhua News Agency, citing the Sichuan-based China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center, said female panda Xian Nu and male Bi Li ate, played and slept as usual even after strong shaking was felt in Tokyo.

The pair, both 5, arrived at the Ueno Zoo on Feb. 21 this year for a 10-year stay under a joint research agreement on the endangered species.

Xian Nu, whose Japanese name is Shin Shin, also survived the 8.1-magnitude Sichuan earthquake on May 12, 2008, which destroyed important panda habitat in the southwestern province.
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Date:Mar 14, 2011
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