Panda-monium in Germany as Chinese visitors arrive


Germany is falling in love with two giant pandas that have just arrived from China for new homes in Berlin's zoo. China sent the black-and-white ambassadors as a symbol of closer economic ties, and they will be formally introduced to the public by Chancellor Angela Merkel  and  Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping later this  month.

The pair, a female named Meng Meng and her mate, Jiao Ling, arrived on a special Lufthansa flight, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the chief veterinarian of the Berlin zoo, and a tonne of bamboo, their main diet. 

They may seem cute and cuddly, but they have powerful jaws and teeth. There was a bit of  excitement at the arrival as the Chinese ambassador got a little too close to the plexiglass cages. Jiao Ling, the male, stood up, roared, and beat his paws on the  walls of the cage.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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I was surprised to learn that the Chinese rent the Pandas to zoos.

And any offspring remain their property too.

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