Bei Bei, a qualified panda bachelor Washington, will move to China

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Bei Bei, the giant panda, was last seen at Smithsonian National Zoo, before he went to China, in Washington, U., November 19, 2019. REUTERS / Yara Nardi

(Reuters) – After a month of preparations and best practices, Bei Bei, the most qualified panda bachelor in Washington Zoo, will be leaving for China on Tuesday, where scientists expect it will help to populate the population. increase species.

It was decided in advance that Bei Bei went 4 years old to his parents' home country and announced the zoo last month, where visitors would prefer to visit a giant pandas.

The inhibitors spent a few weeks getting used to her travel crate, initially by training him to walk through, then spending time inside the closed door.

Because of his flight to China on board Boeing 777x, which FedEx undertook about it, zoo cultivators intend to bei Bei favorite snacks to pack, such as bamboo, pears, and cooked sweet potatoes.

Breeding programs are vital for pandas to be reintroduced into the wild. Thanks to reforestation to habitats where species can survive, the International Union for Nature Conservation has reclassified “at risk” to “vulnerable”. It is estimated that there are 1,800 giant pandas in the wild.

Bei Bei is not the first person in his family to travel abroad. His parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, ​​came from China in 2000, and his older sisters, Tai Shan and Bao Bao, packed their bags to China when they arrived in breeding age.

The zoo worked with Chinese scientists on a breeding program since he received his first pandas in 1972 after President Richard Nixon's visit to China. As part of the program, pandas go back to China at the age of 4 years so they can breed when they reach sexual maturity at 5 years of age.

Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Edited by Sandra Maler

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