2 giant panda cubs flown from China to Atlanta

November 05, 1999|By COX NEWSPAPERS

ATLANTA -- High above the Pacific Ocean, two special passengers from China are making their way to Atlanta.

Two giant panda cubs left Beijing at 5: 23 p.m. EST yesterday on a specially equipped United Parcel Service jet for a 17-hour flight to Zoo Atlanta.

Lun-Lun and Yang-Yang, accompanied by a Zoo Atlanta veterinarian, a Chinese vet and a Chinese keeper, were scheduled to arrive at Hartsfield International Airport at 9: 30 this morning.

"The pandas are doing extremely well," the Zoo Atlanta vet, Rita McManamon, reported from Beijing. "They've both been eating, and they're doing just great."

The UPS B767-300 cargo plane was to stop at Anchorage, Alaska, for refueling and a crew change.

If all goes well, the zoo expects to open the panda exhibit to the public Nov. 20.

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