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Zoo's Panda Fans Bid Tai Shan Farewell

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There's one last chance to see the popular panda Tai Shan at the National Zoo in Washington.

Wednesday is the 4-year-old animal's last day on view at the zoo. He will be sent to China on Thursday to become part of a breeding program.

Tai Shan was born at the zoo in 2005 and was granted a two-year extension in 2007. Under the Smithsonian's panda loan agreement, any cub born at the zoo must be returned to China for breeding.

Panda mother Mei Xiang and father Tian Tian are on a 10-year, $10 million loan until December.

Tai Shan will fly to China, along with 3-year-old female panda Mei Lan from Zoo Atlanta. They will have their own FedEx jet for the trip.

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The National Zoo's farewell celebration for young panda Tai Shan ended early Saturday afternoon because of the snow, but not before the popular bear got a special frozen cake.

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