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Indonesia promises a happy home for Chinese pandas

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 29, 2017   /  07:12 am
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Indonesia is bracing for panda fever as the furry envoys from China, Cai Tao and Hu Chun, landed safely at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, on Thursday with a celebrity welcome from the government and representatives from the Chinese Embassy. The 7-year-old pandas, Cai Tao and Hu Chun, were greeted by Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya and the Chinese Embassy’s chargé d’affaires, Sun Weide, after a five-hour flight from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Sichuan, China, on Garuda Indonesia Airbus 330-200. Siti said Indonesia has been preparing to host pandas since 2008 by readying a habitat similar to their country of origin in Taman Safari Indonesia zoo in Cisarua, West Java. China agreed to bring the pandas in 2013 during a visit by President Xi Jinping to Jakarta. The government has committed to making the pandas happy...