Sweet treat for Ferry pupils

050312  St margarets ps visit the pandas at edinburgh zoo.
050312 St margarets ps visit the pandas at edinburgh zoo.

PUPILS from St. Margaret’s Primary School in South Queensferry had a trip to remember when they paid a visit to Edinburgh Zoo and were introduced to its famous new residents, the Giant Pandas.

The P3/4 kids, accompanied by their teacher Roisin O’Sullivan and some lucky parents, listened to an informative talk from staff at the zoo and had lunch before seeing the pandas.

Unfortunately, only the female panda, Tian Tian, aka Sweetie, was visible with Yang Guang seemingly shy.

Indira Kemp from the zoo provided the children with a wealth of information about the pandas and she explained that they had to be kept separate to prevent fights between the territorial animals.

Despite only seeing one half of the already famous couple, the visit was still a great success with the kids learning a lot and having a great day out as well.

Thomas Hogan-Smith (7) said he enjoyed the whole day and revealed that this was his fifth time seeing the pandas.

He said that although they look “quite cuddly” they aren’t really and he was impressed by the strength of their jaws after he attempted to snap the bamboo the Pandas love to eat.

Maria Feeney (8) said her favourite part of the day was actually getting to see the pandas and she thought that this was probably the best school trip she had ever been on.