Spanish crowds await first sight of Chinese pandas
10 September 2007, MADRID - (EFE).- Bing Xing and Hua Zui Ba, the panda bear couple that the Chinese government gave to Queen Sofia in June, have arrived in Madrid and taken up residence at the Spanish capital's zoo.
10 September 2007
MADRID - (EFE).- Bing Xing and Hua Zui Ba, the panda bear couple that the Chinese government gave to Queen Sofia in June, have arrived in Madrid and taken up residence at the Spanish capital's zoo.
Madrid Zoo-Aquarium operations director Jesus Fernandez said the pandas arrived on Saturday "in good health," even though they suffered "much stress" during their more than 35-hour journey from Asia to Europe.
Fernandez said the male, Bing Xing, had been "calm" since leaving the Chinese panda reserve where he had lived until now, while the female, Hua Zui Ba, was acting more nervous and did not start eating until 12 hours before landing in Madrid, suffering from "hyperventilation" on arrival due to the heat in the Spanish capital.
"There is still some risk," Fernandez said, "especially in the case of the female, who is very young and has recently been separated from her group."
Fernandez, who accompanied the pandas on their journey from China, said the bears' fear diminished during the flight and they did not have to be sedated.
Bing Xing, 7, and Hua Zui Ba, 4, will be given some time to adapt to their new surroundings and will make their first public appearance around Sept. 19, Madrid Zoo-Aquarium director Ricardo Esteban said.
The Madrid zoo now has its first pandas since the death of Chu Lin in 1996. EFE
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Subject: Spanish news