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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 01/30/2010

Zoo closes early; Panda farewell cut short

By Washington Post Editors

The National Zoo's farewell celebration for young panda Tai Shan has ended early because of the snow, but not before the popular bear got a special frozen cake.

More than 150 people braved the 20-degree temperatures Saturday to line up for festivities at the zoo before it closed at 1 p.m.

Tai Shan was given a special three-tiered frozen cake made of apples, carrots, beets and bamboo.
The 4-year-old panda will be sent to China on Thursday to become part of a breeding program. His last day on public view is Wednesday.

Tai Shan will fly by FedEx to China, along with 3-year-old female panda Mei Lan (MAY LAHN) from Zoo Atlanta. Their jet will have a huge panda logo on the side.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | January 30, 2010; 11:23 AM ET
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Comments

A more accurate headline might read "Snow Makes Event Out of Pseudo-Event."

Anyhow, Tai Shan will be shipped to China by FedEx. If no one's home, leave him with the neighbors in Mongolia.

See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2010/01/30/the-panda-express

Posted by: MikeLicht | January 30, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

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