Tai Shan: Time for a Clips Episode!

Tai Shan, born at the National Zoo in 2005, will be leaving us in late January or February.

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Tai Shan made his debut to the press Nov. 29, 2005. He weighed only 21 pounds at the time.
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On Valentine's Day 2006, Tai Shan played outside in the snow. Aww!
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This picture is too cute to be real, right?
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Tai Shan turned a whopping four years old on July 9, 2009, and celebrated (natch) with a three-tiered pink "cake."
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We remember him best as he was back when he still looked like a toy. Sniffle.
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But he's still incredibly cute -- witness him frolicking after the Dec. 19, 2009, snowstorm.
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Here, National Zoo veterinarian Dr. Carlos Sanchez gives Tai Shan a checkup in 2005.
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Why oh why can't WE just get ONE cuddle before he leaves for China?!
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Want.
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Sign #3,952 Tai Shan is made of awesome: He's smiling during a doctor's appointment.
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Didn't we have a T-shirt like this in the '80s?
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Tai Shan must be wanting to try out for the mascot of the World Wildlife Fund.
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OHAI, panda buddy!
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See, Tai Shan's many interests include rock climbing.
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Panda keeper Laurie Perry carried Tai Shan out for the cameras during his first press appearance on Nov. 29.
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Tai Shan was venturing outside more frequently by Jan. 6, 2005.
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Then-First Lady Laura Bush visited Tai Shan on Feb. 14, 2006.
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Break dancing in the snow -- Renaissance panda.
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