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Bao Bao the Panda Flew From America to China to Join Breeding Program

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Bao Bao the Panda was born three years ago in Washington DC, and now, she’s settling into a new home in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province. It took a 16-hour plane ride to get her to China where she will eventually join in a breeding program.

USA Today reports that according to a press release from the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas, “Bao Bao emerged from her crate looking somewhat timid and curious, but soon settled in with a snack of fresh bamboo.” Researcher Li Desheng said, “Once Bao Bao the panda completes this month of quarantine, she’ll go on display to the public and I welcome everyone to come see her then.”

It wasn’t easy to see Bao Bao leave the United States. The Smithsonian Zoo made her a beautiful “ice cake,” and posted old photos and videos of the beloved panda. They also included a photo of how she moved from the Smithsonian National Zoo to Dulles International Airport. She traveled in a new, safe FedEx container carried by a forklift wearing panda ears! 

Obviously, the Washington D.C. zoo staff is sad to see their friend leave for another country, but everyone hopes that Bao Bao will flourish in her new home.

?Nobody does snow days better than giant pandas. Here's a look back at #BaoBao's first blizzard. #ByeByeBaoBao

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