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This handout picture taken by Tokyo Zoological Park Society on March 11, 2013 and released on March 12 shows a pair of giant pandas, Ri Ri (L) and Shin Shin (R) mating at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo. Last year, Shin Shin and Ri Ri mated in late March, with the cub born in July — the first giant panda cub at the zoo in 24 years. However, it died of pneumonia about a week later, with the news stopping regular television programming and bringing the zoo director to tears. AFP PHOTO / TOKYO ZOOLOGICAL PARK SOCIETY —EDITORS NOTE—HANDOUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT „AFP PHOTO /TOKYO ZOOLOGICAL PARK SOCIETY“ – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS