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China's giant pandas given warm welcome in Australia

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Two giant pandas from China have received a VIP welcome in Australia at the start of a 10-year stay.

Wang Wang, four, and his female companion Funi, three, arrived at Adelaide airport to be met by state and zoo officials.

It is hoped that the two pandas will become the first breeding pair in the southern hemisphere.

The pair went straight into quarantine at Adelaide Zoo, munching on specially delivered bamboo from their home in Sichuan Province.

Anna Holligan reports.

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