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Ocean Park, Wolong Nature Reserve Sign Panda Pact
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Hong Kong's Ocean Park and Chinese mainland's Wolong Nature Reserve Administration have finalized arrangements to send two new giant pandas to Hong Kong, a government press release said Monday.


Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho and the State Forestry Administration's Zhao Xuemin witnessed the agreement signing in Beijing Monday. It stipulates that after the pandas arrive, the park should only present them to the public once they are physically fit.


The agreement also establishes working relations between the park and the reserve on panda nursing, breeding and research.


The pandas will arrive in Hong Kong by the end of April, and there will be a handover ceremony, the press said.


The results of the "Name the Giant Pandas" activity will also be announced that day and the pair will be officially named. About13,000 entries have been received.


(Xinhua News Agency April 17, 2007)

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