Belgium rolls out the red carpet for China's giant pandas
Giant pandas are an endangered species with only an estimate of 1,600 left in the wilderness and 300 in captivity around the world. While wild pandas are normally solitary by nature, two of China’s treasured, captive pandas, Hao Hao and Xing Hui, received the red carpet treatment when they arrived to their new home in Belgium.
Firetruck water streamed, kids with panda face paint cheered, and lights from photographers flashed as Belgium’s prime minister greeted China’s male panda, Hao Hao ,and female panda, Xing Hui, as they landed in Brussels, Belgium. The bears are meant to symbolize diplomacy and a continuation of trade agreements between the two nations.
Xing Hui feasting.
Hao Hao playing.
The two Chinese national treasures are being leased out to Belgium for the next 15 years for an estimated $1.35 million a year. Their new home is at the Pairi Daiza Zoo in Brugullette, and the zoo has spent about $13.5 million to get them.
Did I mention Hao Hao and Xing Hui have their own Twitter feed?