Zoo closes early; Panda farewell cut short
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.
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