Giant Pandas Arrive at Adelaide Zoo in Australia

ADELAIDE, Australia, Nov. 28 (UPI) — After a 12-hour flight from China, giant pandas Wang Wang and Funi settled in Saturday at their new $8 million home at the Adelaide Zoo in Australia.

Wang Wang, a 4-year-old male, and Funi, a 3-year-old female, were greeted at the airport by a crowd of about 100 people after their long trip from a panda breeding center in Chengdu, China.

The pandas were to be quarantined for 30 days before being released into the outdoor portion of their specially built enclosure, said Chris West, the zoo’s chief executive officer.

In the meantime, the pandas were to be closely monitored by zoo staff.

“We’ve got sleeping accommodation in the facility, and I’m quite sure we’ve got two or three staff who’ll be there overnight making sure they’re fine,” West told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“We’ve also got lots of cameras, so we’ll be watching them to make sure everything is fine.”

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