Monday, March 7, 2016

First giant pandas born in Canada named

The Toronto Zoo revealed the names of the first Canadian-born twin panda cubs Monday, in a high-profile ceremony attended by a several dignitaries including the prime minister.

The young male black-and-white bear is named Jia Panpan, which means Canadian Hope and his female counterpart is named Jia Yueyue, which means Canadian Joy, the zoo announced.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remarked during the "once in a lifetime" event that the panda is a symbol of peace and friendship, "which is fitting considering Canada's ever-growing relationship with China."

He noted that the Toronto Zoo is "an example of Canada's strong commitment to science, conservation, and cutting-edge ecological and biodiversity sustainability."

The cubs were born at the zoo on Oct. 13, 2015, to a female panda on loan from China to Canada for 10 years. Monday's event marked the cubs' first public appearance.

Their mother and another male adult panda are slated to move to the Calgary Zoo in 2018, where they will remain for five years.

Source: CTV News

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