Giant Pandas from China Frolic around Their New Home in France (PHOTOS)

 
on January 18 2012 7:33 AM
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It was one of the most adorable scenes when two giant pandas from China appeared frolicking around their new home in France Tuesday.

The cuddly animals, named Yuan Zi and Huan Huan, were seen biting on bamboo inside their enclosure at the ZooParc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan, central France.

The pair of giant pandas was loaned to the zoo by China's Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province. They arrived in France Jan 15. Yuan Zi, a male panda, and Huan Huan, a female, have been loaned to the French zoo for ten years.

In December, China's Bifengxia panda breeding centre in Ya'an loaned two giant pandas, named Tian Tian and Yang Guang, for ten years to the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, in a move seen as a symbol of strengthening ties between China and the UK.

Yuan Zi and Huan Huan will be given almost a month's time to get settled in their new environment until they go on public view for the first time Feb. 11. The two pandas are expected to help surge the number of visitors to the ZooParc de Beauval.

Check out the first pictures of Yuan Zi and Huan Huan in France below.

Pandas from China Frolic Around New Home in France

Giant pandas Yuan Zi (R) and Huan Huan relax inside their enclosure at the ZooParc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan, central France, Jan. 17, 2012. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Pandas from China Frolic Around New Home in France

Yuan Zi, a male giant panda, relaxes inside his enclosure at the ZooParc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan, central France, REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Pandas from China Frolic Around New Home in France

Yuan Zi, a male giant panda, bites on bamboo inside his enclosure at the ZooParc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan, Central France REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Pandas from China Frolic Around New Home in France

Giant pandas Yuan Zi (L) and Huan Huan relax inside their enclosure at the ZooParc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan, Central France REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Pandas from China Frolic Around New Home in France

Yuan Zi, a male giant panda, relaxes inside his enclosure at the ZooParc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan, central France, REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Edinburgh Zoo Pandas

Giant panda males are reproductively viable only for six months in a year whereas the female are reproductively viable for only one or three days in a year, according to panda researchers. REUTERS

Pandas from China Frolic Around New Home in France

Yuan Zi (R), a male giant panda and Huan Huan, a female giant panda, relax inside their enclosure at the ZooParc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan, central France REUTERS/Benoit Tessier