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Pandas donated by China, Taiwan, lose weight

December 30 2008

Two giant pandas donated by China to Taiwan as a sign of goodwill to lose weight because of changes in diet and lack of physical activity, according to zoo staff, where animals are kept. Male Tuan Tuan lost 2 kg, and the female Yuan Yuan - 3 kg, the official said. Their names are spoken together, mean "unity". Tuan Tuan now weighs 110.2 kg, and Yuan Yuan - 111,4 kg.

In the wild pandas are found only in China, where they recently were on the verge of extinction. Animals with difficulty breeding in captivity. If this pair will reproduce, Taiwan can send cubs in China, said earlier another member of the zoo. Since 1957, nine countries, including the former Soviet Union, have received such a gift from China, reports Reuters.

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