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Giant pandas to leave the National Zoo in D.C. for China earlier than expected

The three giant pandas at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., will be going back to China slightly earlier than planned, the zoo announced in statement on Wednesday, October 25.

“Giant pandas Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and Xiao Qi Ji will leave for China by mid-November,” the National Zoo posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. 

“Make sure to plan your visit or tune in online to the Giant Panda Cam for your panda fix.”

The pandas were originally thought to be leaving in early December, per an agreement with the Chinese government. 

Since that agreement was signed, six cubs have been born, but only four of Mei Xiang’s cubs lived long enough to be sent to China. 

The newest cub, Xiao Qi Ji, was born on Aug. 21, 2020 – meaning he will be returning to China when he is a little over three years old. 

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Christine Rousselle is a lifestyle reporter with Fox News Digital.


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