Taiwan does wildlife diplomacy with China

Taiwan has gifted a pair of spotted deer and two serow goat-antelopes to China.

Beijing: Taiwan has gifted a pair of spotted deer and two serow goat-antelopes to China as both sides cuddle up to their wildlife diplomacy.

The pair of critically endangered Sika deer, named Fan Xing and Dian Dian, and the serows, named Xiyangyang and Leyangyang, were brought in a Boeing 737 jet.

The trip from Taiwan`s Taoyuan International Airport to China`s Weihai Airport took about two-and-a-half hours.

Over 480 kg of animal feed were packed to take on board, Xinhua reported.

The animals arrived at their new home in the Liugongdao National Forest Park in China`s eastern Shandong province Saturday afternoon. The park was launched in 1992.

A grand ceremony was held at the park to greet the animals. About 400 people attended.

Wang Peiting, secretary of the Weihai Municipal Committee, hailed the gift as a significant development.

China had earlier sent a pair of giant pandas, named Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, to Taiwan in December 2008 as part of its efforts to improve bilateral ties.

Taipei Zoo director Jason Yeh said such exchanges between the two sides will help boost ties. "The cooperation between the two sides will pick up speed," he said.

Yuan Xueen, director of the Administration Commission of Liugongdao Island, said every effort will be made to ensure a healthy life for the gifted animals from Taiwan.


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