INTRODUCTION: The world's only performing giant panda has been delighting Japanese children at the Osaka International Exposition Grounds.
SV EXTERIOR Panda Wei Wei romping with children at Osaka International Fairgrounds
GV Children trooping into panda show
GV INTERIOR Troupe of women jugglers with plates on poles
GV Eight acrobats balancing around cycle rider
SV Monkey wearing panda mask walking with buckets on ends of pole
GV Panda pushing pram containing toy panda and trainer guiding
SV Wei Wei astride rocking horse
GV Panda on couch balancing large ball and spinning it (2 shots)
Sv Wei Wei eating with knife and fork at table (bananas, apple and cakes on plates)
GV Panda playing trumpet being pulled along in cart pulled by dog
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The world's only performing giant panda has been delighting Japanese children at the Osaka International Exposition Grounds. the eight-year old male panda Wei Wei meaning "Great Great" in Chinese arrived in Osaka on Tuesday (6 January). He came by a special Japan Air Lines (JAL) plane from China with 80 members of a circus troupe. The trope is based in Shanghai.
SYNOPSIS: There's no doubting who's the star of the show. Wei Wei loves children, and the children certainly love the lumbering panda. Queues form early at the fair ground.
It's not often audiences get a chance to see Chinese circus acts. After performances finish at Osaka, the company moves on to Yokohama for another series of shows from 24 January to 2 February.
No, it's not Wei Wei, but a monkey heavily disguised wearing a panda mask.
But there's no mistaking the real thing. Like a figure from the nursery come to life, Wei Wei can do any number of tricks. He certainly lives up to his name of being the greatest.
Generally, he prefers bamboo grass before a performance. But when he's in the ring, he does not have to dress for dinner. He looks naturally elegant as he tucks into a meal.
He's also top dog in any situation. Wei Wei and the troupe will be touring Japan until May.