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Panda pair arrive in Toronto Canada

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Panda pair arrive in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks at one of two Panda bears that arrived at Pearson International airport in Toronto March 25, 2013. The two bears are on loan to Canada from China for 10 years. [Photo/Agencies

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-03/26/content_16344413_2.htm

 

I know a lot of people in Toronto and other places in North America will be excited about the return visit of Panda's in Toronto.  After the month long quarantine the lineups to get in to the Toronto Zoo will probably be longer than they have for quite some time.  I won't be in that line for several months because I will be back in China when it opens. I have seen Panda's in Beijing in 2010 and 2012 but I am planning a trip to Chengdu on my return to China.  Of course my trip to Chengdu is not just to see the panda bears but also to see the beautiful countryside in that part of China.

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Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-3-27 00:12
FedEx, which has handled transportation for Da Mao and Er Shun to Canada, packed plenty of bamboo, bamboo shoots and apples for their more than 15 hour, 12,875 km journey.

Veterinarians from the Chengdu panda base and the Chongqing and Toronto zoos traveled with them.

Li Mingxi, a panda expert from the Chengdu base, said he will stay in Canada for six months to help Da Mao adapt to the new environment.

"Initially, we had arranged for Ji Li, a female panda, to head for Canada because the Chengdu panda base had been asked to supply a female, and Chongqing Zoo to provide a male. But because Chongqing Zoo had mistaken Er Shun for a male and discovered her gender very late, we had to let Da Mao take the place of Ji Li,” Zhang said.

With younger pandas it is more difficult to determine their sex and this is confirmed through genetic testing techniques, said William Rapley, Toronto Zoo's executive director of conservation, education and wildlife.

Tang Jiagui, a panda expert at Chongqing Zoo, said of Er Shun, "We did not find she was a female until an all-round examination in late November.”

News of the pandas' 10-year stay in Canada was announced by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he visited China last year.

"It is a tremendous honor for Canada to be entrusted with two of China's national treasures," he said.

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Reply Report huaren2323 2013-3-29 23:33
Gentle and cuddly. They are classified as " bear " but I believe they have never been reported to attack people without provocation?
Reply Report fightforleaf 2013-4-21 18:05
welcom back to china.
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-4-21 23:05
fightforleaf: welcom back to china.
非常感谢。 Thank You very much,  however I have delayed my departure from Canada.  I will be buying my ticket in the next few days.  I have had a lot of catching up and some procrastinating. Unfortunately I will still be leaving Toronto area before the Panda's go on public display, their health and well being is of prime concern to both China and Canada.  As they will be in Canada for 10 years I will eventually see them either in Toronto or Calgary.
Reply Report fightforleaf 2013-4-24 00:51
RonJaDa: 非常感谢。 Thank You very much,  however I have delayed my departure from Canada.  I will be buying my ticket in the next few days.  I have had a lot  ...
After reading your reply, I realise you like panda so much. However, as the symbol of the friendship betwwen china and canada, I believe the panda will be taken carefully on canada. At last, I wish you have a happy trip in china.
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-5-20 21:22
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, May 18, 2013 6:26AM EDT  
Last Updated Saturday, May 18, 2013 1:36PM EDT  

TORONTO -- The Toronto Zoo's two new stars are finally meeting their fans.
An exhibit featuring giant pandas on loan from China officially opened to the public today after two days of private tours for media, politicians and select zoo members.

Da Mao and his prospective mate Er Shun arrived to great fanfare in March but have been hidden from view while quarantined.
Pandas are solitary creatures, so they're housed separately, but will be temporarily brought together for mating season each year.
The pair will remain at the zoo for five years before heading to the Calgary Zoo for another five.
Their stay is being touted by Canadian and Chinese officials as a sign that ties between the two countries are getting stronger.
PANDA CAM!!!! Posted By: Viral · 5/17/2013 10:00:00 AM. Starting tomorrow (May 18th), you can visit the newest residents at the Toronto Zoo, the giant pandas ...
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-5-20 21:30
Er Shun and Da Mao have settled in very well to their new habitat at the Toronto Zoo.

Here is an update by Maria Franke, Toronto Zoo’s Curator of Mammals:


They are eating a lot of bamboo and they both like the Aurea species. They are currently getting young bamboo growth and they both Love it! The keepers weight them regularly and Er Shun just out beats Da Mao weighing 100 kg and Da Mao weighs 99.8 Kg.

The official CFIA quarantine is over and staff are allowing both pandas the chance to explore all of their new habitat areas.
They are getting more and more curious with their new enrichment items and Da Mao loves to participate in his training sessions with the keepers. Er shun is slowly catching on to her training routine.

The Chinese giant panda experts, Guo Wei is visiting us from Chongqing Zoological Gardens, Chongqing and Li Mingxi is visiting us from Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu have been a tremendous help working alongside the Toronto Zoo keepers and their expertise has been invaluable.

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