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Coca Cola adopts twin pandas in China

CHENGDU, China, April 12 (UPI) -- Beverage giant Coca Cola said it will invest more than $150,000 toward the lifelong well-being of panda twins it adopted at a Chinese research facility.

The company said the money will be spent during the next 15 to 20 years on food, healthcare and other costs for Le Le and Mei Mei, the first pair of twin giant pandas born after the Sichuan earthquake of May 12, 2008, China Daily reported Monday.

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The 8-month-old panda sisters were introduced to the public at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding last month.

"Giant pandas are loved by people around the world -- they are a wonder of nature, but also one of the best examples of endangered species, which are worth every effort to protect and treasure," said Doug Jackson, president of Coca Cola Greater China and South Korea.

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