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Panda Express delivers cuddly ambassadors

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 01:13

March 26 - A pair of pandas makes the journey from China to their new home at the Toronto Zoo in Canada by air. Elly Park reports.

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A very special FedEx delivery is about to be made from China to Canada. These two crates contain two VIP's or Very Important Pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, and they are starting their 10-year-loan to two Canadian zoos. After a 15-hour flight on the Panda Express the cuddly pair finally arrived in Toronto where they will spend their first five years. The next five years will find the pair at a zoo in Calgary. Upon arrival they even got an official welcome from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper who signed for the delivery. SOUNDBITE: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, saying (English) "Well that was quite a moment. It's not every day in your life you get to sign for pandas." Hopes are high that the pair will produce the first Canadian-born panda cubs during their 10 year stay, although the cubs would still be property of China. But deals like these can be lucrative to both China and the host country, as fees paid for the loan help fund panda research, while the receiving zoos hope to recoup that money and more by attracting extra visitors.

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Panda Express delivers cuddly ambassadors

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 01:13