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Bye bye Bei Bei! Giant panda leaves DC for China in private FedEx jet

2 19.11.2019 Инфо

M/S Bei Bei the panda, Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington DC
M/S Bei Bei the panda
M/S Bei Bei the panda
M/S Bei Bei the panda
M/S Bei Bei the panda
M/S Bei Bei the panda
C/U Steve Monfort, John and Adrienne Mars director of Smithsonian's National Zoo alongside Chinese delegate
W/S Reporters on site
W/S Monfort alongside Chinese delegate
M/S Crate with Bei Bei
M/S Crate being carried
W/S Crate being carried
W/S FedEx panda truck
W/S FedEx panda truck
W/S FedEx panda truck leaving
All fans of beloved Bei Bei the panda used their last chance to bid him farewell at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington D.C. on Tuesday before he set off to China.
As part of the Zoo’s breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association designed to save the giant panda, all cubs born at the Zoo move to China when they are 4 years old.
"As we say goodbye to our beloved Bei Bei, our conservation scientists will continue to work in collaboration to prevent these animals from disappearing, giving them the opportunity to thrive in the wild, inspiring and teaching generations to come," the zoo said on its website.
The panda will be transported in a special travel crate by a 16-hour flight organised by FedEx as part of the company’s 'Delivering for Good' initiative. "Bei Bei will be the only cargo on this special direct flight unless you count the 66 pounds of bamboo, snacks & water," FedEx said on social media. Bei Bei will be accompanied by one panda keeper and one veterinarian.
A similar operation was put in place for Bei Bei’s older sister Bao Bao in 2017, his older brother Tai Shan in 2010, and his parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, who went to the US in 2000.