Pandas and Snow!

The last couple days have brought snow and more is expected, but some might say the bigger news is the departure of one of DC’s favorite residents, Tai Shan.  He is one of the pandas at the National Zoo and is being sent to China today.  Tai Shan was born in the summer of 2005, and we’ve followed his growth during our zoo visits.  On one of our previous visits we got our picture taken with this panda statue as well as the one at the specially built panda habitat (One of our photos of Mei Xiang made it into the BBC).  Yesterday was the last day Tai Shan was out for the public, and he did not disappoint by playing in the snow. I guess he takes after his father Tian Tian who rolled down one of the snow covered hills and then stood on his head.  Not to be forgotten are my favorite friends, the red pandas, who also were quite adorable on Sunday as they shared a meal from the same bowl.  Enjoy the photos here or at SmugMug

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~ by Rob Page III on February 4, 2010.

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