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Posted at 3:49 PM ET, 01/19/2011

Pandas to remain in D.C. 5 more years

By Michael E. Ruane

The National Zoo has reached an agreement with China to extend for five years the stay of Washington’s beloved black and white bears at a dramatically reduced cost.

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For the last six weeks the two giant pandas, Tian Tian, a male, and Mei Xiang, a female, have been on a temporary lease extension while Chinese and American officials fine-tuned a new deal.

Zoo director Dennis W. Kelly traveled to China Dec. 12 to present to Chinese experts a new scientific plan to study panda cub behavior, and to work on the new agreement.

The old $1 million-a year, 10-year lease expired Dec. 6.

Giant pandas are native to China, and the Chinese own and lease all giant pandas in American zoos. They are wildly popular among Washington zoo-goers.

Mei Xiang, 12, and Tian Tian, 13 — both born at the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan Province — arrived in Washington Dec. 6, 2000 amid international fanfare, a police escort, and the hope that they would produce many cubs.

But giant panda reproduction is notoriously complex and mysterious, and in recent years zoo experts have tried in vain — with natural and artificial methods — to get Mei Xiang pregnant.

Her only offspring, Tai Shan, a male, was born via artificial insemination on July 9, 2005.

He was sent to China, according to prior agreement, last Feb. 4 to join a breeding program.

By Michael E. Ruane  | January 19, 2011; 3:49 PM ET
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Comments

Super nice of the Chinese. Lots of unemployed Americans can make a trip to DC and see the pandas for free. Now if only the US corporate villains would stop exporting all work to China and keeping millions of unearned dollars for themselves.

Posted by: blankspace | January 19, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

every one can see the pandas while they are jobless,homeless,but odumbo will see that they have welfare care. this fool is a disgrace

Posted by: pofinpa | January 19, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I pity the fools who can't see that this is a good things. How pathetic your lives are.

Posted by: pirate1 | January 19, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse


Bravo!

Posted by: Gidgmom | January 19, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope these 2 pandas have at least 1 more healthy baby while they are here!

Posted by: gailschumacher | January 19, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

It is cruel to imprison animals in zoos far removed from their natural habitats. If we really valued other species, we would stop encroaching on lands that they require for survival outside of zoos.
A zoo animal is a caricature of an animal in its own habitat. Imagine how you would feel and act if you lived in a small cage or enclosure, stared at by other animals for hours every day! We should abolish zoos, or at least replace them with much larger game preserves, such as the several hundred acre Elephant Sanctuary in Tennesee.

Posted by: philamara1 | January 19, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

It is cruel to imprison animals in zoos far removed from their natural habitats. If we really valued other species, we would stop encroaching on lands that they require for survival outside of zoos.
A zoo animal is a caricature of an animal in its own habitat. Imagine how you would feel and act if you lived in a small cage or enclosure, stared at by other animals for hours every day! We should abolish zoos, or at least replace them with much larger game preserves, such as the several hundred acre Elephant Sanctuary in Tennesee.

Posted by: philamara1 | January 19, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh geez. Another story about those darned pandas. Pretty soon WaPo will be providing us hour-by-hour updates on the prospect of a panda pregnancy - or does DC not have a male-female panda, which would negate this yearly drama? Whatever...'nuff of those freckin' pandas...

Posted by: rpcv84 | January 19, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

F China.

Posted by: LouisTheRogue | January 19, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I pity the fools who can't see that this is a good things. How pathetic your lives are.

Posted by: pirate1 | January 19, 2011 4:51 PM
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I pity the fool who believes this represents a significant concession from the Chinese.

The Chinese Commies first steal our technology through enforced "joint ventures". They use this joint venture program to steal our R & D.

They sell us products filled with poisons such as wallboard (sulfides), milk products (melamine), plastic toys (lead), oral hygiene products (anti freeze) etc.

And you're happy because of the shiny new penny they have given to you. So while you're admiring how bright and new that penny is, they are stealing this nation's life blood.

Posted by: krankyman | January 19, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

What's the interest rate on a Panda 5 year ARM? Is this loan going to adjust on us?

Posted by: Jsuf | January 19, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

@rpcv84: They actually sent us a gay panda as well as a trans-gender panda. The Chinese figured that since they aren't accepted over there, they would fit right in here in DC.

Posted by: Jsuf | January 19, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

This really kills me, here this country is in debt but we are willing to shell out $$$ to China for Panda Bears. It's bad enough China is taking our jobs, but they will become a super power this country will not be able to pass. I say "F" China, bring those jobs back to the U.S. where they belong. Stop relying on a communist country to do our jobs, next thing you know...the U.S. will be just like them.

Posted by: vixis | January 19, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I love the Pandas and this is a love shared by more Americans than not. They are the link we as an open nation have to China's long standing private nation. I am honored to be able to see these beautiful creatures and the bridge they have formed between such different cultures. Thank you China for negotiating this priceless deal. May the joy the Pandas have brought to many of us be returned to you.

Posted by: InFavor | January 19, 2011 9:05 PM | Report abuse

F vixis - quit worrying about others moron.
Go Mei Xiang & TNT!!

Posted by: Rocc00 | January 19, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Better the Pandas than Barry O....

Posted by: jeepmanjr | January 19, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I've met some totally stupid, brainless, nutless individuals in my day, but Rocc00 takes the cake. I'm sure there are some Chinese businessmen who are in dire need of a happy ending Rocc. You've missed your calling!!

Posted by: jeepmanjr | January 19, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Zoo within a zoo. Calling Larry David!

Posted by: phvr38 | January 19, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

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jeepmanjr | DOA on January 19, 2011 9:56
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& old dying b1 tches like you who are too decrepit, left behind in the 21st century, can't keep up with the new world order & too cynical to see anything but negativity. Quit being a xenophobe you c0ckroach. Go die of panda aids you waste of flesh.

Posted by: Rocc00 | January 19, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Let's export BHO to China.

Posted by: ssmorehouse | January 19, 2011 11:47 PM | Report abuse

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