Edinburgh Zoo's giant pandas 'very well' but jet-lagged

  • 5 December 2011

Giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang are settling in "very well" into their new home at Edinburgh Zoo, but are feeling "jet-lagged"!

The zoo's Gary Wilson said: "They are in a strange sequence of sleeping for two hours and eating for two hours, a bit like most humans when they fly half way around the world."

The duo arrived in Scotland on Sunday after flying 5,000 miles from China.

They're on loan for at least 10 years, and it's hoped the pair will breed.

Tian Tian and Yang Guang are the first pandas to live in the UK for 17 years.

They have two weeks to get used to their new enclosures before going on display to visitors.

A 'panda cam' is set to start beaming live pictures from their home in the next few days.

Giant pandas are really important to China, so it's a big deal for the country to loan them out. It took five years for Edinburgh Zoo to organise!

But some animal welfare campaigners think the zoo is taking the pandas mainly to make money. They don't believe this is the best way to help boost panda numbers.

Scotland's friendship with China

The Scottish government called the pandas' arrival a sign of the "growing friendship" between Scotland and China.

We're told that male panda Yang Guang is outgoing and likes to roll around in the snow, while Tian Tian the female is more coy and shy.

Yang Guang means "sunshine" and Tian Tian means "sweetie".