February 24, 2017

Giant panda soon to leave DC for China

16 February 2017, 11:39 | Winifred Adams

Giant panda soon to leave DC for China

Giant panda soon to leave DC for China

Officials at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. are preparing to bid a fond farewell to Bao Bao, a USA -born giant panda who will be leaving the land of her birth and heading to her ancestral home in China next week.

On the same day, a group of Bao Bao's keepers met with saddened fans, who have watched the female panda grow to a three-and-half-year animal after being born in the zoo on August 23, 2013.

Zookeepers have been training the panda to spend time inside the container in preparation for her 16 hour flight. All Bao Bao devotees are encouraged to make art and write letters for the panda to enjoy on her long trip to China.

Bao Bao will fly nonstop from Dulles, Virginia, to Chengdu, China, in a large crate aboard the custom-decaled "FedEx Panda Express" 777F aircraft.

For the trip, Bao Bao will get the celebrity treatment: a private plane flight, roomy accommodations, a motorcade to the airport and an onboard snack bar stocked with pounds of his favorite foods, reports USA Today.

Visitors can watch Bao Bao play with her favorite enrichment items during several demonstrations, and keepers will answer questions about the species.

'Fist Fight' Review: Less Fun Than a Punch to the Face
Campbell, an English teacher on the last day of school, a responsible nice guy who needs to loosen up and blah blah blah. Fist Fight doesn't get an outright failing grade, but it's still a long way from making honor roll.

Trump says billionaire, former critic Paul Singer visited White House
They also suggest that the administration should pay close attention while editing and vetting the executive orders. In the meantime, government employees check the White House website for the orders they need to comply with.

The Ocean Is Losing Oxygen; Here's How It's Affecting Sea Life
The rest was due to more complex processes, including new oxygen not circulating all the way to the ocean's depths. The culprit? It's complicated, but results match what climate scientists have predicted for years .

Despite our insane weather, it is better for Bao Bao to travel in the winter months when it's cool because giant pandas prefer cold weather, the zoo has said.

"China and the United States collaborate closely in scientific research about and conservation of giant pandas".

Starting Thursday, the zoo is saying farewell to Bao Bao with a series of goodbye events.

The zoo's cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association requires all cubs born at the zoo move to China by the time they turn 4 years old.

The festivities culminate on Tuesday when Bao Bao departs Washington.

Other News

Trending Now

More Godzilla clues are dropped in first Kong: Skull Island clip
Premiering on Yahoo! Movies, in the preview from the latest King Kong film, Samuel L. In the meantime, flick over to page 2 for loads more Kong: Skull Island goodies.

UAE Aims to Build First City on Mars by 2117
Under this project, the Gulf state would join hands with specialised worldwide organisations and scientific institutes. In a statement Al Maktoum said, "The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans".

Civic polls: Shiv Sena will face 'surgical strike', warns Devendra Fadnavis
Apart from this particular issue, the Sena has also slammed Fadnavis over the poor state of law and order in Nagpur. "The cartoon war started in Maharashtra between the BJP and Shiv Sena".

PewDiePie Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Comments BUT Calls The Outrage 'Insanity'!
As to White nationalists supporting his videos, Kjellberg said that he does "not support these hateful groups in any way". He accused the Journal of "obviously cornering" Disney and YouTube, "forcing them to sever their ties", he said.