Sweetie and Sunshine land in Scotland

2011-12-04 19:04

London - Two giant pandas from China have landed in Scotland, where they will become the first pandas to live in Britain in nearly two decades.

The 8-year-old pair, named Tian Tian and Yang Guang - or Sweetie and Sunshine - arrived at Edinburgh Airport on Sunday on a specially-chartered Boeing flight.

The pandas are to stay for 10 years at Edinburgh Zoo, where officials hope they will breed.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland will pay more than £600 000 a year to China for the loan of Sweetie and Sunshine, not including the expense of imported bamboo.

Britain's last giant panda lived in the London Zoo until 1994, when it was returned to China.