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Scotland Paying China $10 Million For Two Giant Pandas – VIDEO

Scotland Paying China $10 Million For Two Giant Pandas – VIDEO

Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunlight), the two giant pandas I wrote about here last month arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland, this weekend from their home in China.

Edinburgh Zoo’s newest residents arrived in freezing, snowy weather and settled into their new home – the first giant pandas to live in the UK for 17 years.

Years Of Diplomacy And Planning

From the BBC:

The arrival follows years of diplomacy and consultation with conservationists. But first came the not inconsiderable task of moving the creatures 5,000 miles (8,050km) from the Ya’an reserve in Chengdu, China.

Dave Lange, managing director of aircraft charters for FedEx Express, which transported the pandas, said the nine-hour flight required 21 months of co-ordination with three teams of specialists in three countries.

As with any operation to move rare animals, he said logistics was everything. “It takes a great deal of planning,” he said.
The enclosures in which the bears were carried were flown out from Memphis to China in advance of the trip and the animals were gradually introduced to them in the lead-up to their departure.

(….)

On-board, in addition to the flight crew, there was a load master – who had responsibility for ensuring the animals were safe and secure – two attendants and a veterinarian to monitor the animals during the flight.

A Good Plan To Have Scotland Pay China Almost $10 Million?

It’s good to know that great care was taken in transporting Tian Tian and Yang Guang, but is it really fair to move these amazing creatures 5,000 miles from their home, to live in a cold, damp environment, in separate enclosures of the zoo for most of the year?

And is it a good idea for Scotland to pay China almost $10 million in loan fees? Something is very wrong here.

Watch this video and see what you think:

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5:50PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

What bothers me about this, is the cost. If they want to promote the protection of these animals, it shouldn't be at such an extreme cost. It seems as if China frankly views these animals as commodities rather then living, breathing creatures.

I don't know of any other creature in exsistance that demands a high price tag. Even animals that normally only exist in one part of the world and are exceptionally endangered. I mean the perswalkie horses were wiped out in the wild, as were the Arabian Horned Oryx. Yet you see zoos working together to protect these animals, not exploit them. And it's hard to say it's not explotation when you look at the yearly fees China charges for just having the bears visit a zoo.

7:58AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

thanks for sharing

12:32AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Debbie, they're BEARS! Almost, if not ALL species of bears live very isolated lives as far as gender separation, except when it's time to mate. Polar Bears, Grizzlies, Black Bears...........all females spend time with their cubs until the cubs are old enough to make it on their own, and then the females will come into season, be receptive to a male, breed and then the two will go their separate ways again. In the wild, males will kill young cubs, to bring the female into estrus sooner so he can breed her and perpetuate HIS genes. Pandas are no exception, just because they appear "cute" like stuff animals. They're still bears. Chances are, if introduced before the female is receptive, they will injure each other, as they would in the wild if they encountered each other, but in the wild, chances are, the female wouldn't allow the male to get close enough to her until she WAS receptive.

11:54AM PST on Dec 10, 2011

Horrible manipulation of animals yet again , hoping to raise the zoo's income ...The pandas will be separated only to unite to mate .....poor poor animals ...but it is the people who are to blame that make all this fan fare ..in the streets ...and spending these amounts of money that can be put for a better use ..

5:38PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

i don't think getting countries to clean up acts, and fly right will be easy. did we try to save our Condors, or did Nepal tell us to?

if wild lands cannot be protected for what ever reason (they are not my people, should I care about another's progress? or say they would have more resources if they stop having to many kids?)

some animals are extinct in the wild. is it best they just go extinct all together? or live a comprimised life? if they were domesticated breeds, what differances is it having them captive, and having a livestock rescue sanctuary where people can visit, and if they wish donate to keep it running?

domestic speciese have a differnt lifestyle, wild animals don't seek us out untill you throw food for them.

3:10AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Shame on you Scotland! China is cruel and greedy- in as much as selling these Pandas and getting them out of there for 10 million!! This large chunk of change surely could go to STOPPING all the other mistreatment of animals in your country. Now that should count just as much as the Giant Pandas!!!!

6:37AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Animals are nothing more than a commodity to China. So sad that they just treat them so bad and sell them off for money.

6:10PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

I am ashamed of Scotland. Just to be 'in' with the chinese. And the pandas, far from showing any feeling for animals on the part of the chinese, are BIG MONEY for them, that's why they breed and breed them.

2:40PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

China should get absolutely nothing till they stop skinning cats and dogs alive for their furs, dumping them in a pile to slowly die, and eat them!!!!! China should get NOTHING!!!!!!!!
China should NOT be selling the Pandas out of their own natural born habitat, and the fact that China IS selling them, is an indication of their moral corruption!!!!!!!! This will not help their billions to survive, and they are just helping to destroy this planet, because we, NONE OF US, should be killing ANYTHING anymore!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE WAY WELL INTO THE 6TH MASS WORLD EXTINCTION!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE LOSING YET ANOTHER WHOLE, ENTIRE SPECIES EVERT 20 - - - - - - - TWENTY MINUTES WITHOUT FAIL NOW!!!!!!!!!!
AND CHINA IS KILLING CATS AND DOGS, AND ANYTHING ELSE THEY CAN GET THEIR BLOODY DAMNED HANDS ON AS FAST AS THEY CAN SKIN THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THEY NEED TO BE STOPPED - - - PERIOD!!!!! THEY MUST BE STOPPED - - - PERIOD!!!!!

2:19PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

China shouldn't get any money until they stop eating and selling cats and dogs.

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