Two giant pandas are returning to China from Canada because they are facing shortage of food as coronavirus pandemic has disrupted essential deliveries of fresh bamboo.
The Calgary Zoo in Alberta Canada has made the decision to send Pandas Er Shun and Da Mao back to China after flights cancelled to fight the spread of Novel coronavirus also cut off their supply of fresh bamboo for pandas.
Zoo had been importing bamboo from China until flights grounded due the coronavirus pandemic.
The pandas arrived in Canada from China in 2014 and they only eat fresh bamboo.
Note that 99% of giant Pandas diet is consisting on fresh bamboo as they have the unique nutritional requirements. Each adult Panda consumes about 40kg (88lb) daily.
The zoo’s president, Clément Lanthier, said “this week the facility spent months trying to overcome transportation barriers in acquiring fresh bamboo and decided it was best for the animals to be in China, where their main food source is abundant.”
“It’s about the animals. At the end of the day, we cannot pretend that we care for animals if we don’t take those tough decisions,″ Lanthier said. “We believe the best and safest place for Er Shun and Da Mao to be during these challenging and unprecedented times is where bamboo is abundant and easy to access.″