Americans say bye-bye to Bei Bei the panda

Big panda Bei Bei eats bamboo at the Smithsonian’s Nationwide Zoo (Picture: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Photos)

Goodbye, Bei Bei! The enormous panda Americans watched develop over the previous 4 years has left the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., for China.

Bei Bei is heading abroad as a part of a cooperative breeding settlement with the China Wildlife Conservation Affiliation. All cubs born at the zoo go to China once they flip four years outdated.

Our big pandas signify a lot of what the Smithsonian does finest, from conservation to training, mentioned Lonnie Bunch, secretary of the Smithsonian, in a statement. As we say goodbye to our beloved Bei Bei, our conservation scientists will proceed to work in collaboration to stop these animals from disappearing, giving them the alternative to thrive in the wild, inspiring and educating generations to come.

The video above was a stay stream from the Smithsonian of Bei Bei leaving Tuesday morning. The enormous panda went from his habitat to a FedEx aircraft (extra on that later).

Whereas it is unhappy to see the big panda go away, it is enjoyable to reflect on the four years he spent in the United States. He was born at the zoo on Aug. 22, 2015.

Since then, we have seen Bei Bei stroll his first steps, expertise snow for the first time and lots of different lovable however instructional moments.

Bei Bei is a part of our household, mentioned Steve Monfort, the John and Adrienne Mars director of the Smithsonians Nationwide Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Our crew has cared for him, discovered from him and, together with thousands and thousands, beloved watching him develop. Have been unhappy hes leaving, however excited for the contributions he’ll make to the international big panda inhabitants. Bei Bei is an envoy for conservation and a part of a 47-year program that proves bringing species and habitats again from the brink is feasible via international cooperation.

Over the previous a number of weeks, keepers have been getting Bei Bei used to the journey crate he’ll use throughout his flight to China.

FedEx supplied Bei Bei, his keepers and veterinarians a Boeing 777F going continuous to Chengdu. In the video beneath, you possibly can see they adorned it with a “Panda Express” aircraft wrap for the event.

When Bei Bei reaches new dwelling, an American crew will assist him get acclimated in China. They are going to put together him for the big panda breeding program, as he reaches attain sexual maturity between 5 and seven years outdated.

Big pandas are listed as “vulnerable” in the wild. Conservation applications like these hold their species alive. There are solely an estimated 1,800 big pandas left in the wild.

Ben Bolton appears at all the things via a video lens.

Americans say bye-bye to Bei Bei the panda

Bei Bei the panda is leaving the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, D.C., and heading to China after four years.


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