GIANT PANDAS SET OFF FOR EDINBURGH

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STORY: GIANT PANDAS SET OFF FOR EDINBURGHDATELINE: DEC 4, 2011LENGTH: 0:01:26LOCATION: CHENGDUINTRO Two giant pandas Yang Guang and Tian Tian, left South China's Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding Base and set off for Britain Saturday. They will spend their next ten years in Edinburgh zoo.LIFESTYLES has more.PKGAccording to a scientific research agreement signed by China and Britain this January, Yang Guang and Tian Tian will stay at Edinburgh zoo for ten years.Born in August of 2003, both Yang Guang and Tian Tian are healthy and had been through physical examination before departure. At present, Yang Guang is 126kg and Tian Tian is 98kg and they are in good shape for reproduction.SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) XIEHAO, BREEDER "We will hand over the work to Britain staff and help them to be familiar with the two giant pandas."It is said that Edinburgh zoo had already spent 250 thousand pounds to build a new house for the coming giant pandas and their staff have already been sent to study at Bifengxi
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