China’s panda pair to leave for South Korea

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Beijing, March 1 (IANS) A pair of giant pandas will leave China for their new home in South Korea on Thursday on a 15-year lease, the media reported on Tuesday.

Yuan Xin and Hua Ni will be shipped on a Korean Air flight from Chengdu city, China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda said.

Their new home will be an area of 3,300-square-metres at Everland, South Korea’s largest theme park, the Global Times reported.

The pair’s lease was put on the agenda after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to South Korea in 2014, during which the two countries pledged cooperation in panda research, and the loan was agreed during Premier Li Keqiang’s visit last year.

The centre describes Yuan Xin, a three-year-old male, as being lively and outgoing, and two-year-old Hua Ni as a “good girl” with a slightly introverted and docile disposition.

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The pair has undergone many health tests during one month of quarantine, and are both in good condition.

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