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FedEx to fly pandas from China to Canada

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The world's largest express transportation company is heading overseas to pick up two very important packages. FedEx will fly two giant panda's from China to Canada this spring. The trip has been months in the making, and soon these rare animals will have a new home.

It's very rare for China to allow another country to borrow one of these cuddly black and white animals, but when it does happen, FedEx is the carrier.

It begins with a chartered FedEx flight, complete with personalized decals. The panels are 400 square feet of specially designed material, pieced together like a puzzle and take up to 60 hours per side to attach to the plane.

The cargo, which crews are paying particularly close attention to, is similar to the pandas brought to Memphis in 2003. A 5-year-old female named Er Sun and 4-year-old male named De Mao will head to the Toronto Zoo in Canada.

It's going to take about 18 hours to make it to Canada, but each panda will be secure in a MD-F11 FedEx express plane with a veterinarian, crew and just about anything else they may need.     

"They will be bringing two containers of panda supplies on board, which will be 200 kilos of bamboo, 100 kilos of bamboo shoots, 40 kilos of apples, water, anything that they're going to need to keep themselves happy and satisfied for the flight," says David Lange with FedEx.

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