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Danes rush to see pandas on loan from China

AP  |  Copenhagen 

Thousands are queuing at to see two giant black-and-white bears on loan from under Beijing's popular "panda diplomacy" initiative.

Denmark's Australian-born Mary untied a red velvet ribbon to open the gates Thursday in her capacity as the zoo's patron.

She was assisted by her twins, and

The opening came a day after Mary's mother-in-law inaugurated the Panda House that's been built for 6-year-old male Xing Er, and Mao Sun, a 5-year-old female.

The bears arrived last week in cargo containers and were driven to the zoo's new USD 24.2 million yin-yang shaped enclosure.

has lent out pandas as a sign of goodwill. Any cubs born during the 15-year loan period are considered China's.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 14:25 IST