The two newest residents of the Madrid Zoo went on public exhibit for everyone to see last Friday, September 28th. Bing Xing (Star of Ice), 7 years, and Hua Zui Ba (Flowery Mouth), 4 years, arrived in Spain on September 8 on a goodwill gesture loan from China’s Chengdu Research Facility. They are currently housed in an air-conditioned pagoda and garden specially built for them at the zoo. The Madrid Zoo’s last panda, Chu Lin the first panda born in captivity in Europe, died in 1996 at the age of fourteen.
China sent their little goodwill ambassadors off in style with a celebration. Hundred of school children joined in the farewell.