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Almost time to say goodbye to Toronto Zoo's giant pandas

Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 at 8:42 am EST

Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue play in an enclosure at the Toronto Zoo on March 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

It’s almost time to say goodbye to the much-loved giant pandas at the Toronto Zoo.

Five years ago, in 2013, Er Shun and Da Mao arrived in Canada, on loan from China, in a deal that was reached between that country and former prime minister Stephen Harper the year before.

The plan was for the pair (and any potential offspring) to live in Canada for the next 10 years, splitting their time equally between the Toronto Zoo and the Calgary Zoo.

Two years later, Er Shun gave birth to Panpan and Jia Yueyue — on Oct. 13, 2015.

Since then, thousands of people have flocked to the Toronto Zoo to catch a glimpse of the cubs as they experience the wonders of life.

And soon, the giant pandas will be leaving Toronto for Calgary, which will bring tears to the eyes of many Torontonians. This means you only have about a month to visit them at the Toronto Zoo since the exhibit closes at 6 p.m. on March 18.

To commemorate their stay in Toronto, the zoo has released the first of five videos showcasing the giant pandas’ best snow moments.

“Over the next five weeks the zoo will release five new video montages, one video each week, reminiscing about the past five years of pandamonium,” the zoo said in a release.


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