In Helsinki arrived pandas, donated by XI Jinping

© AFP 2018 / Manan VatsyayanaПанды. archival photoIn Helsinki arrived pandas, donated by XI Jinping© 2018 AFP / Manan Vatsyayana

Two pandas donated by the Chinese President XI Jinping during his visit to Finland in the spring of 2017, arrived on a special cargo plane to the VIP terminal of the capital airport Helsinki-Vantaa airport, the correspondent of RIA Novosti from the event.

Bears the airport to meet the Chinese Ambassador to Finland, Chen Li, Minister of agriculture of Finland Jari Leppa and numerous journalists.

«I heard the Chinese Ambassador said that currently in Finland there will be two more Chinese Ambassador, besides him,» laughed shared with RIA Novosti the representative of the company Finavia feed Laurinen, organizing a meeting animals at the airport.

During the flight, the pandas were in a special transparent plastic boxes with holes for air flow, to reduce stress to the entire flight were fed bamboo, which was about 100 kilograms.

«It is very important to the bears moved the flight so we took a lot of food on minimizing stress,» said veterinarian Finnish ähtäri zoo Anna Almroth, which was accompanied by animals in flight.

On arrival in Finland, as required by law, Pets coming from outside the EU, was examined by the vet.

Have a VIP terminal boxes with bears handled in a special truck and accompanied by a motorcade of police drove to the zoo Finnish town of ähtäri (about 350 km from Helsinki), where animals waiting for a specially built «Panda house», which has, in addition to vast areas for game animals, even its own river.

At least until February 17, two pandas, which in Finland was already given the names of Lumi (Snow) and Puru (Snowfall) will be quarantined.

The ähtäri zoo is expected that the first visitors can see the bears in exactly a month.

A visit to the zoo with the pandas will cost 30 euros.

In Europe, giant pandas live only seven zoos in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

According to experts, in the wild pandas live in 1864 and 464 in zoos around the world.