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From Sichuan to Scotland

Haggis and deep-fried Mars bars won’t be on the menu for two of Scotland’s most recently-arrived guests – who will prefer a lower-cholesterol diet of bamboo. This week two giant pandas arrived for a spell at Edinburgh Zoo, the first time that members of the rare species have been resident in the UK since 1994. Tian Tian and Yang Guang – Sweetie and Sunshine – were flown in from Chengdu on Sunday. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland will pay more than £600,000 ($935,000) a year for the loan of the animals, although The Wall Street Journal points out that this doesn’t include the cost of importing bamboo for their diet.

The hope is that the duo will breed during their 10 year stay in Britain (although persuading pandas to do so has proved notoriously difficult).


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