China loans pan­das

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BER­LIN: Two panda bears would be trans­ported at the end of the month from Bei­jing to Ber­lin on a spe­cial di­rect cargo flight that al­lowed the an­i­mals to skip hav­ing to make a stress­ful stopover in Frank­furt, vet­eri­nar­ian An­dreas Ochs said yes­ter­day.

The pan­das, which will be on loan to the Ber­lin zoo for a pe­riod of 15 years, will spend the 12-hour flight in a cage with a wa­ter sup­ply, bam­boo and a spe­cial de­vice that serves as a toi­let.

Ochs will join the pan­das on the June 24 flight along­side sev­eral Chi­nese an­i­mal at­ten­dants.

Gi­ant pan­das are of­ten loaned to other coun­tries as a sign of good diplo­matic re­la­tions.

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