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Pandas begin journey to Edinburgh Zoo

12-03-2011 19:50 BJT

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Two giant pandas from southwest China have begun their 8000 kilometre trip to their new home in Scotland.

The pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, started their journey from the Panda Base in Ya’an, Sichuan Province. They will arrive at Edinburgh Zoo on Sunday on a specially chartered flight, nicknamed the "FedEx Panda Express." It will be the first time for almost 20 years that pandas have lived in Britain.

The loan of the two pandas from China will cost the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland more than 600-thousand pounds a year, with another 70-thousand pounds for imported bamboo. It is hoped the change of scenery might encourage the pandas to produce a baby cub, potentially the first to be born in Britain.

Two giant pandas from Southwest China's Sichuan province are
preparing for an eight-thousand kilometre move to a new home.

Two giant pandas from Southwest China's Sichuan province are
preparing for an eight-thousand kilometre move to a new home.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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