May 18, 2013
By Bob Sheppard
Da Mao and his prospective mate Er Shun arrived to great fanfare in March but have been hidden from view while quarantined.
Pandas are solitary creatures, so they’re housed separately, but will be temporarily brought together for mating season each year.
The pair will remain at the zoo for five years before heading to the Calgary Zoo for another five.
Their stay is being touted by Canadian and Chinese officials as a sign that ties between the two countries are getting stronger.