Say Cheese! Chinese Pandas Get Photo Op in Seoul

Image: Ai Bao (lovely treasure) during a media preview event
Ai Bao (lovely treasure) during a media preview event at the Everland Resort in Yongin, south of Seoul on Thursday. Jeon Heon-Kyun / EPA

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By James Okungu

A pair of giant pandas thrilled journalists on Thursday during a media preview event at Everland Amusement and Animal Park near Seoul, South Korea. Three-year-old Le Bao and his partner, two-year-old, Ai Bao, were transported from China to South Korea in March for joint research on pandas.

Two-year-old female giant panda, Ai Bao, plays during a photo opportunity for the media.Lee Jin-man / AP

The pandas are in Seoul following an agreement made between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during his state visit to Seoul in 2014. The duo will be unveiled to the public on April 21 at the amusement park.

Le Bao (pleasant treasure) eats bamboo shoots at the amusement park.Yonhap / EPA