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Mainland panda pair ready to leave for Taiwan

YA`AN, Sichuan - A pair of giant pandas offered by the Chinese mainland are going to leave Ya`an Tuesday for Taiwan.

The 4-year-old pandas, Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, have been living at a breeding base in Ya`an, Sichuan Province, since the May 12 strong earthquake which damaged their former home in Wolong.

The pair will be brought to Taiwan on a Taiwan flight which arrived in Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, on Monday.

After having their breakfast - carrot and steamed corn buns, the pair were caged and carried to an enclosed truck, which will carry them to the Shuangliu Airport in Chengdu.

Keepers said the pandas were in good condition.


Breeder You Xueyin from Taiwan feeds giant pandas Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan at a panda breeding base in Ya`an City in southeast China`s Sichuan Province on December 22, 2008, one day ahead of their scheduled departure. The panda pair will take a charter flight to go to Taiwan on Tuesday if the weather condition is ok. [Xinhua] 

A person holds a panda key chain in the gift shop in Taipei zoo in Muzha December 22, 2008. A pair of giant pandas offered by the Chinese mainland are going to leave Ya`an Tuesday for Taiwan. [Agencies]

People pick panda plush toys in the gift shop in Taipei zoo in Muzha December 22, 2008. A pair of giant pandas offered by the Chinese mainland are going to leave Ya`an Tuesday for Taiwan. [Agencies]

Giant pandas Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan get food from breeders at a panda breeding base in Ya`an City in southeast China`s Sichuan Province on Dec. 22, 2008, one day ahead of their scheduled departure. The panda pair will take a charter flight to go to Taiwan on Tuesday if the weather condition is ok. [Xinhua]

Giant pandas Tuan Tuan and Yuan Tuan play at a panda breeding base in Ya`an City in southeast China`s Sichuan Province on Dec. 22, 2008, one day ahead of their scheduled departure. The panda pair will take a charter flight to go to Taiwan on Tuesday if the weather condition is ok. [Xinhua]

 
Date:2008-12-23 8:26:00     
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