1. PANDIPLOMACY

    Giant Pandas Come to Canada

    11 Feb 2012, Chongqing Municipality, China --- --FILE--Female giant panda Er Shun eats bamboo at Chongqing Zoo in Chongqing, China, 11 February 2012. The Toronto Zoo announced that, during a giant panda physical examination conducted in November 2012 in China, it was discovered that the panda Er Shun in Chongqing Zoo, previously thought to be a male is, in fact, a female. In preparation for the upcoming transport of the giant pandas to Canada testing was conducted with blood samples being collected and sent to Sichuan University and the Genetics Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for gene and chromosome sexing. In order to continue the positive cooperation of this important project between Canada and China, the Chinese Government has selected another male panda from Chengdu for the replacement of the originally scheduled female panda Ji Li. Toronto and Calgary Zoo will now be welcoming female Er Shu --- Image by © Imaginechina/Corbis

    Imaginechina/Corbis

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen, welcomed Er Shun and Da Mao—pandas from China—to Toronto. “It has been more than 20 years since Canadians have had the opportunity to see giant pandas in our zoos. And friends today, our wait is almost over,” said Harper. The pair of fuzzy ambassadors will spend the next ten years at two zoos in the nation fostering peace, making children say “wow,” and, you know, mating.

    Read it at The Telegraph