Lin Ping and her mate will come back
- Published: 10/05/2013 at 03:58 PM
- Online news:
The giant panda born in Thailand, Lin Ping, will go to China in October to find a mate and then the couple will come back to stay in Thailand for 15 years, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on Friday.
Lin Ping will find her soul mate in China, then they will both come back to Thailand. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)
He was informed by the Thai embassy in Bejing that Thailand and China had reached preliminary agreement to allow Lin Ping to stay in Thailand for another 15 years, on the condition she has to leave Thailand by October this year to adjust to more natural surroundings and find a mate for breeding, from February to May 2014.
Once she has the right husband, China will send Lin Ping and her mate back to Thailand. Chinese authorities will try their best to ensure that she will be back in Thailand within one year.
On her return, a new loan agreement will be made to allow Lin Ping to stay in Thailand for another 15 years, which is longer than the 10-year period agreed for her parents, Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui. There is no indication what will happen when their loan term ends in October this year. The three pandas live in special enclosures at Chiang Mai Zoo.
Lin Ping was born in Thailand on May 27, 2009 at Chiang Mai Zoo. She has become one of the most popular animals in Thailand, and for a long time had her own cable television channel broadcasting live from her enclosure at the zoo around the clock. The channel was suspended last year.
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