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    National Zoo Bids Farewell to Giant Panda Tai Shan This Week


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     SuzannGillen says she watched Tai Shan grow up on the National Zoo's panda cam. 'The time went by so quickly since Tai Shan was born,' she said. 'I didn't realize he was going to China so soon.'
    - katie, CNN iReport producer

    On Thursday, the National Zoo bids farewell to Tai Shan, the 4 1/2 year old giant panda cub who is leaving Washington D.C. for China.   This week, many visitors who enjoyed watching Tai Shan grow these past 4 years from a baby panda came by the National Zoo to say goodbye. 


    This weekend the National Zoo hosted a farewell party for Tai Shan that was cut short due to snow.  However, there is still an opportunity to see Tai Shan on Monday through Wednesday this week from 10:00AM to 4:30PM at the National Zoo. 


    On Thursday, Tai Shan will travel to China with a zoo keeper, veterinarian and another 3 year old panda from Zoo Atlanta.  Both pandas will be participating in a conservation and breeding program in China. 

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