Giant panda Bao Bao, born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., in August 2013, will be heading to China this winter.

Bao Bao’s parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, are on loan from China, and the agreement calls for any pandas born to the breeding pair to be sent to the Chinese breeding program before they turn 4.

Bao Bao’s older brother, Tai Shan, made the journey in 2010. Now it will be Bao Bao’s turn. FedEx will be flying her to Chengdu “within the first few months of 2017,” the National Zoo says.

Bye-Bye, Bao Bao: Popular Giant Panda Heads To China This Winter

Photos, top to bottom: Connor Padraic Mallon/The Smithsonian’s National Zoo; Abby Wood/Smithsonian Institution; National Zoo


Bai Yun gets the sack by Rita Petita
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A sack full of treats that is. She gave the sack a couple of swings over her head and out came the treats.

Unable to find love at home, Chinese men are heading to Siberia to meet Russian brides. There are around 34 million fewer women than men in China, not near enough for every man to marry. The country’s ‘one-child’ policy has been blamed for the gender gap, and cities near the border have seen an upsurge in cross-border marriages. Source