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Crowds brave snow to say farewell to Washington, D.C. panda

Snow and below-freezing temperatures didn’t keep visitors from coming to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo today to say goodbye to D.C.’s beloved panda, Tai Shan.


During his farewell celebration today, Tai Shan was presented with a special three-tiered purple and white frozen treat made of apples, carrots, beets and bamboo created by the Zoo’s commissary staff, the zoo said in a caption accompanying these photos.

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Under the National Zoo’s agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, the four-year-old panda will be sent to Wolong’s Bifengxia Base in Ya’an, Sichuan on February 4 to take part in a breeding program. Visitors can see Tai Shan through Wednesday, February 3.


Photo courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Zoo