National Zoo's Panda Set to Move to China

Bao Bao the panda at the National Zoo
Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Bao Bao, a female panda who was born at Washington’s National Zoo, will leave for the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China early next year, the zoo announced Thursday. The zoo has an agreement with China to send offspring from its adults, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, back to the home country to breed. Now 3 years old, Bao Bao was the first surviving panda to be born at the zoo since 2005. Her older brother, Tai Shan, left for China in 2010. Bao Bao leaves behind a 1-year-old brother, Bei Bei. “We are sad to see her go, but excited for the contributions she is going to continue to make to the global giant panda population,” said the zoo’s Brandie Smith. — Read it from Reuters via Yahoo

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