Quake Pandas Delight Beijing

Olympic bears take up residence in city's zoo
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2008 3:51 PM CDT
Visitors watch giant pandas through the protective glass of a renovated panda hall inside a zoo in Beijing, Thursday, June 5, 2008.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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(Newser) – Eight giant pandas shaken by last month's earthquake made their first appearance at the Beijing Zoo yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Huge crowds visited the pandas, who seemed none the worse for wear from the move, planned before the quake to coincide with the Olympics. The zoo expects daily crowds of 100,000 this weekend, five times normal.

"We always pat them gently, talk with them in the Sichuan dialect and maintain eye contact so it will be easier for them to adapt to their new home," a keeper told the state news agency.