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Panda-Monium Hits Small Town as It Welcomes 2 Giant Panda Cubs at Local Zoo

Playing Panda-Monium Hits Small Town as It Welcomes 2 Giant Panda Cubs at Local Zoo

It was utter pandemonium as a central Netherlands town prepares to care for two giant panda cubs.

Read: 23 Baby Pandas, Including One That Fell off Stage, Snooze During First Public Appearance

Rhenen, a small city of about 20,000 people, saw its small businesses packed with panda memorabilia for locals who wanted to purchase souvenirs to mark the pandas’ arrival to their town’s Ouwehands Zoo, where an entire panda pavilion had been prepared, according to APTN.

The panda cubs Xing Ya and Wu Wen, both 3 years old, first touched down at Amsterdam Airport Schipol Wednesday evening after a long flight from their native Sichuan, China.

Read: Two Adorable Baby Pandas Unveiled at Toronto Zoo, Get Cuddled by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Xing Ya, meaning Elegant Star, and Wu Wen, meaning Beautiful Powerful Cloud, are on loan from China.

There are reportedly 420 pandas living in zoos and reserves around the world. Most of the pandas in captivity live within China.

Watch: Panda on the Run: Search Intensifies for Extremely Rare Red Panda After It Escapes From Zoo


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