Photos: Bei Bei’s Last Week in DC

D.C.'s youngest giant panda is on his way to a new life. Bei Bei spent Tuesday morning as he always had, at the National Zoo, where he was born. But in mid-morning, he was loaded onto a truck and taken to Dulles International Airport, where he boarded a special flight that will take him to China.

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2019 -- U.S.-born male giant panda Bei Bei is seen at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington D.C., the United States, on Nov. 11, 2019. A weeklong farewell party for U.S.-born male giant panda Bei Bei, who is to depart the Smithsonian's National Zoo for China later this month, kicked off here on Monday. Bei Bei's departure, scheduled for Nov. 19, is part of the U.S. national zoo's cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association that all cubs born here shall move to China after the fourth birthday. Bei Bei turned four on Aug. 22. (Photo by Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images)
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D.C.'s youngest giant panda is on his way to a new life. Bei Bei spent Tuesday morning as he always had, at the National Zoo, where he was born. But in mid-morning, he was loaded onto a truck and taken to Dulles International Airport, where he boarded a special flight that will take him to China.
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D.C.'s youngest giant panda is on his way to a new life.nnD.C.'s youngest giant panda is on his way to a new life. Bei Bei, who has spent his entire life at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, took off from Dulles International Airport about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday aboard a special FedEx plane, which is carrying him on a nonstop flight to Chengdu, China.
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Bei Bei's special FedEx plane displayed a custom panda design.
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All giant panda cubs living at the zoo move to China at age four, due to an agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association. Bei Bei celebrated his fourth birthday in August. (Photo by Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images)
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The zoo held a week of farewell events for Bei Bei and streamed 24/7 footage of him on one of their panda cams. (Photo by Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images)
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His departure from the zoo makes his parents empty nesters. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian's two older offspring, Tai Shan and Bao Bao, have also moved to China. However, the National Zoo said Bei Bei won't spend time with his siblings, since pandas are solitary in the wild. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)
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Bei Bei will join the giant panda breeding program when he is between five and seven years old, according to the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)
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Giant panda Bei Bei plays with a toy at the National Zoo on Nov. 14. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP)
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Giant panda Bei Bei eats bamboo, Nov. 14. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP)
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A zookeeper keeps an eye on the habitats as Bei Bei (C) rests, Nov. 14. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP)
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Children write postcards to be sent to China with Bei Bei at the National Zoo which set up a special postcard-writing station ahead of his departure. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP)
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Children write postcards to be sent to China with Bei Bei at the National Zoo which set up a special postcard-writing station ahead of his departure. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP)
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Bei Bei gets a health check at the National Zoo, Nov. 13, 2019. (Photo by Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty Images)
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Dr. Don Neiffer (L), chief veterinarian at the National Zoo, and his colleague give Bei Bei a health check at the zoo, Nov. 13. (Photo by Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images)
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Bei Bei at the National Zoo, Nov. 11. (Photo by Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty Images)
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