Bao Bao the panda will soon have a new home as part of a government deal between the National Zoo in Washington D.C. and the Chinese government. The female panda was born four years ago and will move to China on February 21, 2017.
The panda is part of a deal between the zoo and China that began 45 years ago. Back in 1972, China sent two pandas to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. In 2000, China also sent Bao Bao’s parents to the zoo. The deal allowed the cubs to be born and remain at the zoo for four years. Bao Bao is almost four years old and will soon be moving to China, where she will get to see other pandas.
Bao Bao the panda was just a few ounces when she was born but she now weighs more than 200 pounds. She is currently the youngest female panda at the National Zoo and it was announced earlier this month that the panda would be moving to China.
Bao Bao is one of 12 pandas living in zoos across the United States. She is one of the most popular attractions there and visitors still have a little over week to see her before she moves to China. Bao Bao’s trainer Marty Dearie spoke to CBS News and confirmed she will be traveling with her. The zoo has been preparing Bao Bao for the journey back to China by getting her used to the crate. Dearie will be there for Bao Bao as she moves back to China and will also help her new trainers. Dearie will teach her new trainers how to interact with her, making the process of moving from the National Zoo to China easier.
Bao Bao will have everything she needs during her 16 hour flight. Ten gallons of water, nearly ten pounds of fruit and more than 50 pounds of bamboo will be taken with her as she moves from Washington to Chengdu. Bao Bao’s brother was moved to China seven years ago in a crate.
The National Zoo is preparing to say goodbye to one of its most popular attractions but visitors still have some time to see her as she will move on February 21.