Never Say No to Pandas

The zoo's giant pandas will be staying in D.C. for at least another five years.

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The universe (OK, the D.C. area) rejoiced Wednesday when the announcement came through that giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian will stay at the zoo for another five years.
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The giant pandas came here on a 10-year, $10 million loan that expired at the end of 2010. That loan's now been extended until December 2015.
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Giant pandas Mei Xiang (L) and Tian Tian play at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park. Each giant panda has distinctive markings.
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Says the National Zoo: "Tian Tian has black 'knee socks.' The black band across his shoulders narrows in the middle. His eye patches are shaped like kidney beans, and he has two black dots across the bridge of his nose."
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Says the Zoo: "Mei Xiang has black hip-high 'stockings' extending up her hind legs, and the black band across her shoulders is wider in the middle than Tian's. Her eye patches are oval, and a pale black band runs across the bridge of her nose."
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Mei Xiang and Tian Tian in Woolong, China, before they came to the National Zoo on a 10-year loan.
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Mei Xiang and Tian Tian in Woolong, China, before they came to the National Zoo on a 10-year loan.
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