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To tremendous pomp and circumstance, two giant pandas from China touched down on Canadian soil on Monday, marking the start of a decade-long visit that will be split between zoos in Toronto and Calgary.
The breeding pair, comprised of five-year-old female Er Shun and four-year-old male Da Mao, landed in a specially branded FedEx plane at a depot outside Toronto before being whisked off to customs inside plexiglas travelling containers. The bears had a police escort for the final leg of their journey, arriving by truck at the Toronto Zoo shortly after 1 p.m.
The pandas were to remain in quarantine for a minimum of 30 days before the exhibit opens on the May long weekend, said Maria Franke, the Toronto Zoo’s curator of mammals.
“We just want to give them time to get used to their new area and…
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