CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Calgary Zoo said it’s cautiously optimistic it will be getting a flight soon for its two giant pandas.
In May, the zoo said it needed to get the panda’s back to China because the supply of fresh bamboo in Canada had dried up and they need fresh food in order to survive.
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Zoo officials have been sourcing bamboo from different sources across North America but admit it is an expensive process.
Er Shun and Da Mao are said to be healthy, but getting the paperwork to send them overseas has been a challenge.
Regardless, the zoo said international permit approvals are underway and they hope to have the pandas enroute to China very soon.
Giant Panda Update: We're pleased to share that international permit approvals are underway. We're cautiously optimistic that we’ll have a flight confirmed to get our beloved giant pandas home to China, where bamboo is abundant & local, very soon. Read on: https://t.co/7pEwkqPi2A pic.twitter.com/gx4kK0ICaW
— Calgary Zoo (@calgaryzoo) September 25, 2020