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Photos of the day - February 21, 2017

Bao Bao, the beloved 3-year-old panda at the National Zoo in Washington, enjoys a final morning in her bamboo-filled habitat before her one-way flight to China to join a panda breeding program; Cross Country skiers take part in training ahead of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland; A worker poses with a brush in front of a figure depicting US President Donald Trump as an elephant and Turkish President Erdogan sitting on a bobby car during a press preview in a hall of the Main carnival club in Mainz, Germany; Monaco’s Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Manchester City and Monaco at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England; and, Iraqi security forces pose for a picture next to a body in the village of al-Buseif, south of Mosul, during an offensive to retake the western side of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters.

These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 21, 2017.

(Photos: J. Scott Applewhite/AP, Matthias Hangst/Getty Images, Michael Probst/AP, Dave Thompson/AP, Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

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#ByeByeBaoBao by Smithsonian’s National Zoo
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Photo Credit: Adam Mason, Smithsonian’s National Zoo Feb. 16, 2017 In this photo: Bao Bao eats bamboo in her indoor enclosure at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat. # # #

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“It’s hard to believe, but Bao Bao is almost 18 months old! Eighteen months is a big milestone for giant panda cubs because they stop nursing and start living separately from their mothers. Bao Bao started the weaning process naturally a few months ago, and now she’s eating significantly more bamboo and solid foods. She also eats separately from Mei Xiang and spends about 6 hours separated from her each day. They will spend increasingly more time apart until Bao Bao is living on her own. Bao Bao has been doing well during the time she spends apart from Mei. Our panda team expects that the process will be complete in early March.”

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#ByeByeBaoBao by Smithsonian’s National Zoo
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Photo Credit: Adam Mason, Smithsonian’s National Zoo Feb. 16, 2017 In this photo: Bao Bao received a Smithsonian-themed enrichment box containing honey and leaf-eater biscuits, which are some of her favorite treats. # # #