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Calgary Zoo optimistic pandas can return to China soon

Last Updated Sep 25, 2020 at 11:38 am MDT

Female giant panda Er Shun is shown in a Calgary Zoo handout photo. Time and food supplies are running out for two giant pandas at the Calgary Zoo. Er Shun and Da Mao arrived in Calgary in 2018 after spending five years at the Toronto Zoo and were to remain in the Alberta city until 2023.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Calgary Zoo MANDATORY CREDIT

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.