Fedex was expected on Monday to ship two pandas from China to Canada as part of an agreement signed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and China’s former President Hu Jintao.
Er Shun, a 5-year-old female, and Da Mao, a 4-year-old male, will spend five years at the Toronto Zoo and then five years at the Calgary Zoo as part of the agreement.
“Er Shun (female) and Da Mao (male) will arrive on March 25 at the FedEx Express tarmac at Toronto Pearson International Airport before being carefully transported to their quarantine area at the Zoo,” a FedEx press release said. “These two pandas were selected to come to Canada as they are an excellent genetic match for breeding.”
FedEx managing director of aircraft charters David Lange told Fast Company that special preparations were made for the trip.
“A couple hundred kilos of bamboo, another 100 kilos of bamboo shoots, 50 kilos of apples, and 20 kilos of fresh water,” Lange explained.
Watch this video from The Associated Press, broadcast March 25, 2013.