The Chinese government announced this week that it plans to give two giant pandas to Israel, JTA reports.
Israeli zookeepers will first have to build an appropriate habitat to house the endangered creatures at the Haifa Zoo and guarantee a steady diet of bamboo. Officials from Haifa will also visit China to observe the animal in its natural habitat.
Haifa and Chengdu, a city in western China’s Szechuan province, signed a sister-cities agreement last year and the black-and-white bears are another sign of friendship between the two nations. The cities’ partnership has lead to an uptick in tourism between the sister cities as well.
Only about 5000 panda bears remain, and the bears are given in pairs in the hopes that they will propagate in captivity. The bears, however, are known to be particularly inept maters.