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World Bei Bei, an American-born panda, leaves Washington for China

23:00  19 november  2019
23:00  19 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

US-born panda Bei Bei arrives in new China home

  US-born panda Bei Bei arrives in new China home The US-born giant panda Bei Bei has arrived in southwestern China after a 16-hour flight, with plenty of bamboo for him to munch on as he settled into his new home. Bei Bei was welcomed "home" on Thursday with a ceremony at the Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan, local media reported. Fans had lined up at the National Zoo -- the only home Bei Bei had ever known before his return to China -- to bid the cub farewell ahead of his departure.

Bei Bei is the latest of the zoo’s three giant panda cubs to depart, and he could be the last cub in Washington for a while, closing a chapter in local history that Both were born in China , and their lease has already been extended twice by the Chinese since the animals arrived at the zoo in 2000.

Bei Bei , the giant panda cub, has turned 4 and under an agreement with China has to leave the National Zoo in D.C. He boards a 16-hour flight on Tuesday from Dulles Bei Bei was born at the zoo in 2015 and is the last of the zoo’s three giant panda cubs to go. His name means “precious treasure.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — A specially equipped Boeing 777 jet took off from Dulles International Airport on Tuesday carrying a true Washington celebrity: Bei Bei, a 4-year-old giant panda.

Visitors to Washington’s National Zoo have watched him grow up since Day One. But now he’s headed to China.

Under terms of the zoo’s agreement with the Chinese government, any panda born here must be sent to China when they reach age 4. When he reaches sexual maturity after age 6, Bei Bei will be entered into China’s government-run breeding program, seeking to expand the vulnerable Panda population.

Peace out, panda! Why Bei Bei leaving the National Zoo hits so hard for so many

  Peace out, panda! Why Bei Bei leaving the National Zoo hits so hard for so many On Tuesday, Bei Bei is flying to a new home to China, but on his final days in the park, zoo goers and staff have gotten a last chance to see him off. "It's all about the fact that we're sending a bear halfway around the world," says Brandie Smith, the deputy director of the zoo. "But if you ask me last week, I was looking at baby pictures.""He's our little boy. We've been with him every second since he was born. It's sad," she says.© Ryan Miller/USA TODAY Bei Bei, a panda born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. four years ago, will travel to China on Tuesday as part of a breeding and research program.

Bei Bei , the last young panda living at the National Zoo, will leave Washington on Tuesday aboard a specially outfitted FedEx plane, as planned Beyond being universally adored, pandas have become an "extremely successful" policy tool for China , according to Liselotte Odgaard, a visiting senior

WASHINGTON – Bei Bei sat on the hammock nonchalantly, chewing on sugarcane. It's one of his last snacks in the United States before he travels "It's like a magnet," he says of Bei Bei 's personality. On Tuesday, the panda is flying to a new home to China , an agreement the zoo and Chinese officials

Smithsonian National Zoo employees carry bamboo to a FedEx transport truck as giant panda Bei Bei departs the Smithsonian National Zoological Park Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Michael A. McCoy)© Provided by The Associated Press Smithsonian National Zoo employees carry bamboo to a FedEx transport truck as giant panda Bei Bei departs the Smithsonian National Zoological Park Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Michael A. McCoy)

Bei Bei was born at the zoo on Aug. 22, 2015, the cub (via artificial insemination) of National Zoo pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. His name, which translates as “treasure” or “precious” in Mandarin, was jointly selected by former first lady Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan, the first lady of the People’s Republic of China.

Zoo Director Steve Monfort called the occasion “bittersweet.” He said zoo staff and visitors had grown to love the bear but that his return was important to the future of the species.

“Our team has cared for him, learned from him and, along with millions, loved watching him grow,” Monfort said. “We're sad he's leaving, but excited for the contributions he will make to the global giant panda population.”

Once classified as an endangered species, efforts to save the giant panda have been successful enough that the International Union for Conservation of Nature changed their status from “endangered” to “vulnerable” in 2016.

There are an estimated 1,800 giant pandas in the wild, all of them in southwestern China.

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