Giant Pandas Arrive in Scotland

Dec 4, 2011 1:17pm
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David Fu, The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland/AP Photo

Two giant pandas from China have landed in their new home in Scotland today.

The pandas, named Tian Tian and Yang Guang (also known as Sweetie and Sunshine) are on loan for the next 10 years to the Edinburgh Zoo in hopes they will breed.

They arrived this morning after a chartered flight.

Pipers, drummers and kids in panda suits lined the route taken by bears as they were taken to their new habitat.

Each panda eats 60 pounds of bamboo a day and they will be kept in separate enclosures for the first several months, according to officials.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland will pay more than $935,000 yearly to China, according The Associated Press.

The bears also marked the start of a U.K.-China research program.

“It shows that we can cooperate closely not only on commerce, but on a broad range of environmental and cultural issues as well,” British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told The AP.

ABC News Radio’s Linda Albin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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