Two Giant Pandas Travel 8,000 Km From China To Belgium

Two Giant Pandas Travel 8,000 Km From China To Belgium

Two giant pandas from China safely arrive in Europe after travelling over 8,000 kilometres for a breeding and scientific research program in Belgium aimed to help avert the future extinction of this endangered species.

The female, Hao Hao, and the male, Xing Hui, both aged four, were successfully delivered via DHL's global transportation network to their new home at the Pairi Daiza animal sanctuary in Brugelette, Belgium on February 23.

'Hao Hao and Xing Hui's Pandastic Journey' started at the China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda in Chengdu, China on February 22. A traditional "farewell to pandas" ceremony was held at their home before they departed that evening from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China.

The two VIPs - or Very Important Pandas - were flown from China to Belgium on a dedicated DHL Boeing 767 freighter aircraft, accompanied by a team of two animal handlers and a veterinary physician to monitor the comfort and safety of the animals. The two pandas were transported in two customized cages with good ventilation to ensure their comfort and safety.

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