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Scotland Pandas Settle In (VIDEO)

First Posted: 12/13/11 12:21 PM ET Updated: 12/13/11 12:26 PM ET

Tian Tian and Yang Guang arrived in Scotland ten days ago, and boy are they adjusting well! Yesterday, the two giant pandas took a break from exploring their new home to pose for a photo-op.

Tian Tian and Yang Guang, or 'Sweetie' and 'Sunshine,' arrived on loan from China on December 3 in a specially fitted FedEx plane, appropriately dubbed the Panda Express. The 8-year-old duo will be the first pair of pandas to live in Britain in nearly two decades.

On Monday, Sweetie and Sunshine happily sniffed around in front of the cameras. "This is the second day they've been out and they're now just checking things out," zoo official Alison Maclean told the Associated Press. "It all went extremely nicely," MacLean added.

Yet according to the BBC, the two had quite different reactions to their new surroundings. In the past few days, Sunshine spent a lot of time in full view, while Sweetie has preferred to stay out of sight, the network reports.

The Edinburgh Zoo paid $935,000 to keep the pandas on loan for the next ten years. The agreement stipulates that both pandas, and any possible panda cubs, will eventually return to China.

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  • Yang Guang (L), the male panda, looks through the fence of his enclosure at Tian Tian as they make their first appearance in from of the media since arriving from China on December 12, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The eight-year-old pair of giant pandas arrived on a specially chartered flight from China over a week ago and are the first to live in the UK for 17 years. Edinburgh Zoo are hopeful that the pandas will give birth to cubs during their 10-year stay in Scotland. (Getty)

  • Yang Guang, a male panda, makes his first appearance in front of the media since arriving from China on December 12, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Getty)

  • Female panda Tian Tian makes her first appearance in front of the media since arriving from China on December 12, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Getty)

  • Male panda Yang Guang makes his first appearance in front of the media since arriving from China on December 12, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Getty)

  • Male giant Panda Yang Guang (Sunshine) relaxes with some bamboo in hand in his enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo on December 12, 2011. (Getty)

  • Photographers are seen taking pictures of Giant panda named Yang Guang, in his enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo in Edinburgh, Scotland Monday, Dec 12, 2011. (AP)

  • Giant panda, Yang Guang, is seen exploring his enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo in Edinburgh, Scotland, Monday, Dec 12, 2011. (AP)

  • Panda merchandise, is seen on sale at the gift shop in Edinburgh Zoo in Edinburgh, Scotland, Monday, Dec 12, 2011. (AP)

  • A member of the public walks past advertising showing the Giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang outside of Edinburgh Zoo in Edinburgh, Scotland, Monday, Dec 12, 2011. (AP)

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