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Britain to welcome first giant pandas in nearly two decades

(Xinhua)

10:38, November 29, 2011

LONDON, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The arrival for Britain's first pair of breeding giant pandas in nearly two decade has been confirmed on Sunday, said Edinburgh Zoo on Monday.

Tian Tian and Yang Guang, the pair of giant pandas, are set to arrive in Edinburgh Zoo from the Giant Panda Conservation and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China.

The Britain public will have to wait a little longer, however, to catch the first glimpse of the new arrivals. Following a two-week "settling-in" period in their new enclosure, the giant pandas will be available for public viewing.

Born in 2003, Tian Tian and Yang Guang will be under custodianship of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), owners of Edinburgh Zoo.

Their arrival represents the culmination of five years of political and diplomatic negotiation at the highest level, spearheaded by the RZSS.

"We have been looking forward to this moment for five years now, since we first embarked on this epic journey to bring the giant pandas to Scotland," said Hugh Roberts, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Zoo.

"The arrival of Tian Tian and Yang Guang is an historic occasion for the Zoo, for Scotland, and for the UK as a whole. Our dedicated team at the Zoo has worked tirelessly to create a world-class enclosure to house our newest additions which will offer visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view these extraordinary animals." he said.

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