Thursday, September 6, 2007

¡ Los pandas! ¡ Los pandas!

España has been panda-less for eleven years, ever since the death of Chu Lin (Treasure amidst the Bamboos), the first panda born in captivity in Europe. But, the long national wait is almost over. On Saturday, the 7-year old male Bing Xing (Star of the Night) and the 4-year old female Hua Zui Ba (Colored Mouth) will arrive at Terminal 1 in Barajas, to be greeted by a reception committee befitting a foreign head of state. Following their 35-hour journey from China, they will be whisked, with full police escort, in a refrigerated van to the Madrid Zoo, where they will take up residence for the next two years.

OK, fine. I'm not ashamed to admit it. The only reason for this particular entry is that it is a thinly veiled excuse to include cute panda photos.

Because everything, blogs included, is better with pandas!

Disclaimer : pandas depicted in this entry are not the actual pandas who are, even now, winging their way Madrid-wards.

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