Update on giant pandas Xi Lan and Po
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Journey is going smoothly for China-bound bears
Giant pandas Xi Lan, 5, and Po, 3, are doing well as they continue their journey across the globe to their new home in China. The bears are expected to arrive at their first Asian destination – Inhon, South Korea – around 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 13.
Zoo Atlanta Associate Veterinarian Sam Rivera, DVM, and Kenn Harwood, the Zoo’s Lead Keeper of Carnivores, have accompanied Xi Lan and Po on the trip. Rivera and Harwood have reported that the giant pandas have been relatively unfazed by the long flight, and both are eating and drinking normally and behaving calmly.
The group is expected to depart Inhon around 9:15 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 14, arriving in Chengdu around 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time that same day.
Rivera and Harwood will remain with Xi Lan and Po long enough to help the bears get settled into their new environment at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Additional updates will be provided as they are available.