A panda cub has died in a zoo in Japan, three days after its celebrated birth following a rare success in artificial insemination.
The baby giant panda, which had not yet been named, was pronounced dead yesterday of an unknown cause.
The cub's 12-year-old mother was the first giant panda since 1988 to conceive through artificial insemination in Japan.
Only about 1,600 pandas live in the wild, mostly in China's south-western Sichuan province.
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