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Giant panda Bei Bei leaves Washington's National Zoo | USA TODAY

DC panda headed to China via FedEx jet.
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Bei Bei the giant panda is leaving the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., for a new home in China on Tuesday. As part of an agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all panda cubs at the National Zoo move to China at 4 years old. Bei Bei will make the 15-hour-plus flight aboard the appropriately named FedEx Panda Express, a custom-decaled Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft, out of Virginia’s Dulles International Airport. A panda keeper and veterinarian will accompany Bei Bei on his nonstop flight to Chengdu, monitoring him and providing him treats like apples, carrots and sweet potatoes, according to the zoo.

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  1. Precious Bei Bei taking last wonderful moments before departure so sad but happy for Bei Bei big boy new journey. Stay safe and healthy and enjoy happy long life. Keep shine to the world your are smart giant panda. More bamboos and smart cubbies in the future. We all love you πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ’•

  2. Even though I never meant to bei bei hope bei bei is we’ll taken care for watch over looks like a wonderful πŸΌπŸ‘βœŒοΈ

  3. I wish you much happiness, joy, love, fun, tall trees, toy balls (red and blue), snow, sweet potatoes, apples, honey biscuits, fruitsicles, birthday cakes and bamboo, Prince Bei Bei. You will be missed "precious treasure".β€οΈπŸΌπŸΎπŸŽπŸ”΄πŸŒΏπŸŽ‚πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ¨οΈπŸ₯”πŸ₯πŸ˜²πŸ˜‡πŸ˜β™₯️β™₯️

  4. This is just SO sad. Will try to find you in Chengdu!

  5. ET, home, home, home… A long trip worth taking.

  6. Do they feed the pandas pellets w protein and or fat???


  8. Have a safe journey. Much Love.

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