Just Send Those Pandas... FedEx?

FedEx Panda Express Plane
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The FedEx Panda Express plane lands in France with two giant pandas on board, January 15, 2012.

Two giant pandas left their home in China for new digs at ZooParc de Beauval in France on Sunday, and, yes, the pandas went FedEx Express!

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A FedEx Panda Team member guides the Panda Express' landing.

So how do you overnight an endangered species? The 3-year-old giant pandas — Huan Huan, a female, and Yuan Zi, a male — made the 5,489-mile nonstop flight from Chengdu Airport in China to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in France aboard a specially chartered and panda-decaled Boeing 777F flight, cleverly called the FedEx Panda Express. This is the first time giant pandas have resided in France in more than 10 years.

Giant Panda Off-Loading
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The giant pandas are unloaded in France.

FedEx Express donated its logistical services to bring France its newest (and most adorable) immigrants. The company has also moved polar bears, white tigers, elephants, penguins, mountain lions, gorillas, eagles and even a 13-foot tiger shark used in the filming of Jaws.

Huan Huan the Giant Panda in Crate
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Huan Huan gets her first glimpse of France.

The pandas were joined on the flight by animal care experts who received special flight privileges to ride with the cargo for the trip. Once the flight touched down, the pandas were transfered to ZooParc de Beauval's giant panda enclosure.

Yuan Zi Giant Panda
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Yuan Zi takes a look at his new country of residence.

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