After reading reports of an escaped panda on the streets of Tokyo, we headed out to find out what was going on.
Pandas are loved around the world, but here in Japan the panda love is truly next level. Here, you can hop on a panda train, hail a panda taxi, or even enjoy special limited-edition sweets featuring the cute, furry black-and-white mammal.
So when reports of a panda sighting on the streets of Tokyo began emerging on social media on 2 March, it caused a frenzy, with people trying to figure out the animal’s location so they could catch sight of it themselves.
Our reporter K. Nagahashi was one of those people frantically typing and tweeting on his phone, but even after checking news sites for more information, there were no reports of escaped pandas to be found.
Searching further online, he found that the panda was hanging out at Komazawa Olympic Park, located across Tokyo’s Setagaya and Meguro wards, so he made a mad dash to the park in the hopes of seeing the panda before it scampered away.
Sure enough, when he arrived, he saw a group of people huddled together, with many of them holding their phones out in front of them.
▼ Walking closer, he could see something furry in the middle of the crowd…
▼ There it was!
▼ A panda!
Nagahashi looked about,