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Pandas stay, by demand

MOST of the pandas brought to Shanghai to help celebrate the World Expo 2010 will continue to live in the city, after residents said they should stay.

Of the 10 animals that left their hometown of Ya'an in Sichuan Province, and came to the city in January, eight will remain, zoo officials said yesterday.

Their stint in the city was supposed to last until the end of the year, but Shanghai people are apparently reluctant to see them go.

"Visitors rushed to see them," said Su Feilong, an official with Shanghai Wildlife Park, where the animals spent part of the year. "During the Expo, the pandas were stars of the city.

"Many visitors called or wrote to us, saying they hoped the pandas could stay in Shanghai afterwards."

Five pandas, You You, Min Min, Han Yuan, Zhuang Mei and Ao Yun, will live at the Shanghai Wildlife Park, while another three, Ping Ping, An An and Yun Yun, will stay at the Shanghai Zoo.

The remaining two will go to Youngor Zoo in Ningbo City of Zhejiang Province soon, said the park.

The young pandas have grown steadily, gaining on average 5.4 kilograms over the past six months.


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