By Jiawei Liu
Er Shun and Da Mao, two giant pandas from China, arrived in Canada on Monday. They will spend ten years in Canada, with five year stints at the Toronto and Calgary zoos.
Last year Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper and China’s former President Hu Jintao reached an agreement on the loan of the two pandas.
This is the first time in 20 years that giant pandas have been loaned to a Canadian zoo, according to a FedEx press release.
Officials hope that Er Shun, who is female, and Da Mao, who is male, will mate during their five years in Toronto and five subsequent years in Calgary, Alberta, to produce the first Canadian-born panda cubs.
China has frequently loaned pandas to foreign zoos, in deals that can be lucrative to both sides. Fees paid by the host countries help fund panda research in China, but the zoos hope to recoup that in extra visitors.
Watch the pandas arrive in Toronto airport, where they were greeted by Prime Minister Harper: