It now seems that two giant pandas are due to fly to Britain this week. Apparently, these two pandas, named Tian Tian and Yang Guang, are going to arrive by FedEx. They will arrive in Edinburgh from the Ya’an reserve in China on Sunday.
They were born back in 2003 and will be cared for in Britain by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland at Edinburgh Zoo. The couple will be staying in Scotland for the next 10 years. This marks the first time in 17 years that the UK has had giant pandas.
Alex Salmond, who is the Scottish First Minister, said that although he will be in China to sign a cultural exchange deal on the day the pandas arrive, he is sure all of Scotland will be thrilled to welcome them. It is a considerable honor to have pandas live at Edinburgh Zoo. This will be a big attraction for foreigners and locals alike. The pandas themselves are a symbol of the great and growing friendship between Scotland and China. It is also a testament to the world-class reputation of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
Hug Roberts, who is the Edinburgh Zoo chief executive, said that they are excited about the arrival of these two pandas. They have been looking forward to this moment for five years now. They have a dedicated team that has tirelessly worked to create a world-class home for their newest guests. This will offer visitors a once in a lifetime chance to see these amazing animals. He added that he is hopeful that these two pandas will give birth to a cub. This would be a first ever for Scotland.