04 Dec '11, 11am

Pair of China pandas depart Chengdu for Edinburgh

Pair of China pandas depart Chengdu for Edinburgh

Giant panda Yang Guang eats bamboo prior to a journey to Edinburgh on Dec 3, 2011. -- PHOTO: AP BEIJING (AFP) - A pair of giant pandas departed from southwest China on Sunday for Scotland where they will become the first of the endangered animals to live in Britain for 17 years. Yang Guang and Tian Tian (Sunshine and Sweetie) were due to land at 1300 GMT (9pm Singapore time) in Edinburgh where they are expected to spend the next 10 years, Xinhua news agency reported. The pair of eight-year-old pandas are being accompanied on their flight from Chengdu by two Chinese researchers who will help look after them until they adapt to their new life at Edinburgh Zoo, where it is hoped they will breed. They will spend a couple of weeks settling in before being put on public display, and the zoo has already reported a huge spike in ticket sales. Please enable JavaScript to view the c...

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