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Goodbye Tai

tai shan

I'm sure I'm not the only one who got a little choked up this morning watching the coverage of the pandas' departure for China. I watched Tai Shan grow up on the National Zoo webcam and went to visit him in Fall of 2006 when he was one-and-a-half years old. What a charismatic little bear! I couldn't take my eyes off of him.

He was supposed to go to China when he was two, but the zoo was allowed to keep him for a couple of extra years. We were lucky for the extra time but still, it's sad to see him go. The annual panda pregnancy watch is on, so maybe there will be another baby panda born in DC this year. Godspeed Tai!

Photos and videos of the cute one departing on the FedEx Panda Express are on the National Zoo's Flickr pages.

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Comments (7)

sandrac:

Lovely photo, Annie. All bears are fascinating, but there is something special about Pandas!

LB:

I need to make a beaded Panda painting. They are beautiful animals!

YTSL:

Tai Shan = tall/high/big mountain. What a cool name for a cool creature. :)

Sandra, I'm a a big fan of all bears but I agree, there's something special about pandas. I'm so glad I went to visit Tai while he was here in the US.

LB, I'd love to see what you can do with beads and pandas!

YTSL, awesome! I'm happy to get a translation of his name from someone in Hong Kong!

He is so cute! One of my best memories of visiting Washington DC as a child was seeing the Pandas at the Zoo. I think I was there soon after the first Pandas arrived. I am glad you were able to visit Tai while he was here. Hope he does ok in the wild.

Girasoli, I went to visit those first pandas too when I was a kid. Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing, I think? It was great.

Actually, Tai Shan won't be released into the wild; he's going to be part of a breeding program in China. Hope he's able to help bring more babies into the world!

Such a beautiful animal!

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