Crowds Bid Farewell to Bao Bao the Panda

Bao Bao enjoys a specially made ice cake on her last day at the National Zoo on Monday.
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Bao Bao enjoys a specially made ice cake on her last day at the National Zoo on Monday.

With spring-like weather in Washington, D.C., over the long weekend, 3-year-old Bao Bao’s loyal fans from near and far arrived at the National Zoo to wish her well before she departs for China today. The young panda enjoyed lots of treats, including a specially made ice cake in the shape of a Chinese pagoda, in honor of her new home. Bao Bao’s parents are on loan to the zoo from China, under an agreement that any offspring be returned to the country before they turn 4. A veterinarian and a keeper from the zoo who held Bao Bao when she was just a day old will accompany her on the 16-hour nonstop flight to her new home aboard the FedEx Panda Express. — Read it at the Washington Post


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