The internet is saying bon voyage to Bao Bao, the National Zoo’s 3-year-old giant panda. On Tuesday afternoon, Bao Bao left Washington D.C. to board a plane to Chengdu, China as part of the China Wildlife Conservation Association’s breeding program.
According to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, “All cubs born at the Zoo move to China before turning 4 years old to breed with other pandas, helping to keep the population genetically diverse.” The entire weekend was dedicated to celebrating Bao Bao’s next chapter with social media takeovers and daily treats.
Bao Bao was born at the National Zoo on August 23, 2013, and has since become part of the zoo’s family. Now, as she makes her way to China on the FedEx Panda Express, she will have plenty of space, food and love to take with her. Take a look at how people said goodbye on social media below:
Social Media Says #ByeByeBaoBao As Giant Panda Leaves for China
— Smithsonian Channel (@SmithsonianChan) February 19, 2017
— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) February 20, 2017
— Julie Oltmann (@julieoltmann) February 21, 2017
— Connie Shih (@connieshih) February 21, 2017
— Michelle (@MichelleinTheUK) February 21, 2017
— Jennifer Kaufman (@jnkaufman) February 21, 2017
— Kimberly Prom (@kimberlyprom) February 21, 2017
BaoBao goodbye! I know it's for the best but I am still crying. #ByeByeBaoBao
— Lilla Manda Panda (@lilla_amanda) February 21, 2017
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Photo credit: Brian Gratwicke, Flickr