Pandering To Pandas -- WestJet Delivers Bamboo To Calgary Zoo
Nina Slawek, Open Jaw
Who says airplane food is mediocre?
Certainly not a quartet ofpickypandas at the Calgary Zoo.
When Chinese airline Hainan discontinued direct flights to Calgary at the end of October, thezoo wassuddenly faced witha shortageof fresh bamboofor its four giant pandas, who devour about 1,200 kilograms ofthe stuffa week.
EnterWestJet. The carrierwith a bear sized heart couldn’t stand by and leave the pandas to nibble on wilted bamboo. WestJetstepped forwardto flyin fresh bamboo on its cargo planes twice weekly from YYZ to YYC. The zoo says Hainan still flies to Toronto and hands off the panda food to WestJet.
"Since our giant pandas don’t like wilted bamboo, this was fantastic news as WestJet cargo also provides cool storage that ensures the pandas have access to the freshest bamboo possible," said the zoo in a news release.
Two adult pandas and their two cubs, which staff admit are picky eaters, came to Calgary in MAR 2018 from the Toronto Zoo.
Nina Slawek President
The visionary co-founder of Open Jaw, Nina handles everything at OJ from the purse-strings to the talented but eccentric staff. She is frequently spotted hobnobbing with industry leaders and making glamorous appearances in the Open Jaw TV Room.
HANNA- November 11, 2019 @ 10:10
Way to go Westjet ! Thank you for caring about the little cuties.
DEBBIE- November 8, 2019 @ 11:52
Thank you West Jet for caring , that is so nice