Washington to keep pandas a little while longer
Updated: 2010-12-23 09:40
WASHINGTON - Washington's pandas will stay at the National Zoo at least a little while longer.
Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) and Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN) are on a 10-year, $10 million loan from China that expires at the end of 2010. The Smithsonian's National Zoo continues to negotiate a new agreement for panda breeding and research.
Zoo spokeswoman Karin Korpowski-Gallo said Wednesday that China has granted a temporary extension for Mei Xiang and Tian Tian to remain until a new agreement is signed. Officials expect one in January.
Pandas have a long history in Washington. The first panda couple, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing (sing-sing), arrived in 1972 and lived more than 20 years at the zoo after President Richard Nixon's historic visit to China.
FILE - In this April 24, 2007 file photo, male giant panda Tian Tian, left, and female giant panda Mei Xiang play in their enclosure at the National Zoo in Washington. Washington's pandas will stay at the National Zoo at least a little while longer. [Photo/Agencies]
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