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Giant panda Xing Ya with his birthday cake at Ouwehands Zoo, 8 Aug 2017
Aug 9 '17 12:10

On Tuesday giant pandas Xing Ya and Wu Wen celebrated their 4th birthday in the Ouwehands zoo in Rhenen. To celebrate, the zoo gave each of them a giant birthday 'cake'.

Xing Ya's cake consisted of frozen water, beetroot juice, carrots and apples. The top layer was decorated with four candles made from bamboo and carrots. Wu Wen's cake was made from carrot juice and fruit. Both pandas seemed to enjoy their cakes, both in taste and as a new toy to play with.

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Jun 23 '17 12:55

On Thursday the court in Utrecht sentenced a lifeguard and two swim teachers to 60 hours of community service. They were found guilty of death through negligence in the  at 't Gastland pool in Rhenen in September 2015. Two primary school teachers were acquitted, NU.nl reports.

Giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya
May 30 '17 07:58

After seven weeks in quarantine, giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya will make their first public appearance at the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen this afternoon. "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time", zoo director Robin de Lange said to RTV Utrecht. "You can imagine that if you wait for something so long, then your are very happy that it's finally happening today."

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May 23 '17 12:50

The Public Prosecutor demanded 120 hours of community services against three swim coaches and two teachers suspected of death through negligence in the . The Syrian girl drowned after a swimming lesson in t' Gastland swimming pool in September, just months after she and her family arrived in the Netherlands, AD reports.

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May 22 '17 08:27

Three employees of a swimming pool in Rhenen and two primary school teachers are facing court on Monday in connection with the during a school swimming lesson. All of death through negligence.

Giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya arrived in the Netherlands on 12 Apr 2017
May 16 '17 16:45

Fans of the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen will get their first chance to see the newly-arrived Giant Pandas beginning on Tuesday, May 30.

Giant Panda Wu Wen at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, Utrecht
Apr 21 '17 17:05

Two Giant Pandas that recently arrived in the Netherlands are doing well and enjoying their new home at the Ouwehands Zoo, the zoo said on Friday. A new video released by the Rhenen, Utrecht zoo shows Xing Ya relaxing on his back and enjoying a bamboo snack in his new habitat.

His panda partner, Wu Wen, did not make an appearance. The bamboo was grown in the Netherlands, and is part of the 30 kilos of bamboo the two will eat every day.

Pandas Xing Ya and Wu Weng on their way to their new home at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, 12 Apr 2017
Apr 14 '17 08:25

While panda enthusiasts across the Netherlands on Wednesday, Amnesty International posted a video on social media reminding people not to let the pandas make them forget about all the human rights violations in China.

Giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya arrived in the Netherlands on 12 Apr 2017
Apr 13 '17 10:35

Chinese giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya arrived safely in the Netherlands. After traveling nearly 8 thousand kilometers from Chengdu in China, they arrived at their new home in Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen just before midnight on Wednesday, NOS reports.

The two pandas are on loan from China. They will be living in Ouwehands Zoo for the next 15 years.

Pandas Xing Ya and Wu Weng in their travel cages, about to be loaded into KLM flight KL0892 to the Netherlands, 12 Apr 2017
Apr 12 '17 13:05

Giant Pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya are aboard KLM flight KL0892 and en route from Chengdu in China to Schiphol Airport. They are expected to arrive at the Amsterdam airport just after 7:00 p.m., Het Parool reports.

After their arrival, the pandas will be transferred to an animal hotel at the airport, which is run by KLM. There they will be received by the Chinese ambassador to the Netherlands and 40 children. A selected group will be able to catch a quick glimpse of the pandas.

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Apr 11 '17 15:30

Pandas are very nearly on their way to the Netherlands. On Tuesday China said goodbye to the pandas in a special ceremony. And on Wednesday the two giant pandas will fly to the Netherlands and their new home in Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen on a KLM flight.

During the farewell ceremony the pandas were offered a Schengen visa and each got a bamboo bicycle, as a nod to the Dutch culture, NOS reports. 

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Mar 14 '17 16:55

Chinese giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya will be coming to the Netherlands on April 12th. They will arrive at Schiphol before being transported ot the Ouwehand Zoo in Rhenen, where they will stay, NU.nl reports.

The Dutch public will still have to wait a while before being able to see the pandas. They have to spend a few weeks in quarantine after their arrival. 

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Feb 1 '17 14:40

The Public Prosecutor is prosecuting five people for the . The 9-year-old girl drowned after a swimming lesson at a pool in Rhenen in September 2015. Three pool supervisors and two teachers will be prosecuted for negligence, the Gelderlander reports.

The investigation into the child's death took a long time The criminal case is expected to start this summer.

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Oct 27 '15 08:26

The Netherlands is getting two pandas from China, and without the annual one million dollar fee. The black and white bears will soon be accommodated by the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen. According to Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, this is "a sign of the special relationship between China and the Netherlands".

Sep 22 '15 09:44

A nine year old Syrian girl drowned in the t' Gastland pool in Rhenen on Monday. She had been living as a refugee in the Netherlands for a few months.

Feb 19 '15 19:14

The Netherlands' baby twin polar bears had their first outing this Thursday.

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Nov 26 '14 08:28

Three polar bear cubs were born in the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen on Saturday, November 22nd.

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Oct 31 '14 14:05

Corporal Gijsbert Spandonk from Lage Zwaluwe, who died in May 1940, was reburied with military ceremony at the Military Field of Honor Grebberg in Rhenen yesterday.

Aug 11 '13 11:52

A runner from Elst was mishandled by two moped riders in a tourist cycle path between Rhenen and Veenendaal.

May 16 '13 08:19

A search for the two missing brothers, Julian and Ruben, by civilians in Zeist, led to much commotion when two crosses were found in the woods near Sparrenheuvel. The police shut off the area and searched the soil with prods but did not find a sign of the boys, who have been missing for more than a week. “The result was unfortunately negative,” said a spokesman of the police.

May 13 '13 10:01

A new search in Geulle (Limburg) by the police, for the missing brothers Ruben (9) and Julian (7), didn’t deliver any results on Sunday. “The brothers have not been found,” the police reported on Sunday evening. Monday the search will continue.

The police started the search because of ‘new information’. Which exact information that was, the police couldn’t say at this time.

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