Was it only last year we were in Japan? I guess it was. We stayed in the area of Ueno in Tokyo. We took a lap of Ueno Park one day and heard blood curdling noises coming from behind wire fences and shrubbery. It sounded like an animal being tortured. No one about us took a scrap of notice, so we took their lead. Later we worked out we had been at the outer edge of Tokyo Zoo.
Had there been a panda in the zoo, I doubt we could have resisted. They have one there now. More of the story is told in The Age.