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Edinburgh Zoo Pandas Back On Display After Illness

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Tian Tian stretches after eating her 'panda cake' in her enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, on Christmas Day, Sunday Dec. 25, 2011. The United Kingdom's only pair of giant pandas were treated to an extra helping of panda cake on Christmas morning to celebrate their first Christmas in Scotland. Yang Guang and Tian Tian - or Sunshine and Sweetie - have been getting used to their new home in Edinburgh Zoo since arriving from China on Sunday Dec. 4 2011. (AP Photo / Andrew Milligan/PA) | AP

LONDON (AP) — Two giant pandas on loan to a Scottish zoo are back on public display after they were removed to be treated for colic.

Edinburgh Zoo officials say male panda Yang Guang, diagnosed with the condition earlier this month, is recovering steadily.

They added Monday that the female, Tian Tian, is much better after she, too, fell ill with the same condition on Saturday.

Zoo vet Romain Pizzi said colic is common in giant pandas, which have sensitive digestive systems. He said it is likely that the 8-year-old pandas are just adapting to eating different bamboo than what they were used to.

The animals — whose names mean Sunshine and Sweetie — arrived from China in December, and are the first pandas to live in Britain in nearly two decades.


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