Zoo visitors say goodbye, offer prayers for panda cub
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Jul 13
Visitors bid farewell to a panda cub Thursday at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo after the days-old baby died of pneumonia.
Visitors placed flowers on a table and prayed for the panda, the first cub born at the zoo in 24 years. They also wrote farewell messages on paper strips.
Satoshi Matsushima from Katsushika Ward, Tokyo, was the first to enter the zoo after it opened at 9:30 a.m. After praying in front of the cub's photo to express his condolences, Matsushima, 74, said: "I can't find words to describe my sadness. I was looking forward to seeing the cub grow up."
The photo, placed above the flower table, showed the cub suckling from its mother, Shin Shin.
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