China shows panda papa and 2 offspring back from Japan

A giant panda and two of his offspring that have spent years at a Japanese theme park made their first appearance in a video after they left for China in February.

The papa panda, named Eimei, and female twins Ouhin and Touhin are now kept at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan Province. They had spent years at a theme park in the town of Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, in western Japan before they were returned to China.

The research center released a video which is said to have been filmed on Friday showing the three pandas rolling on the ground and munching bamboo leaves.

The video was accompanied by a message that said the pandas heard people are thinking of them and that they want them to see their daily life.

Another giant panda Xiang Xiang which had been born at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo was returned to China in February this year.

So far no announcement has been made about when any of them will be put on public display.