Tai Shan’s Last Day

D.C.'s panda kiddo isn't spending today packing his bags -- he's out playing in the fresh snow.

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Today is Tai Shan's last full day as a resident of the National Zoo.
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Tai Shan sat in the snow and ate bamboo at the National Zoo today, blissfully unaware of his plans for tomorrow.
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Amanda Parson (L) and Deanna Williston donned homemade panda hats today. You gotta admire them for their crafty dedication.
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Tomorrow Tai Shan will be shipped to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center in China. A little snow isn't going to ruin his plans for today, though.
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Tai Shan was born at the zoo July 9, 2005.
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Under a deal between China and the U.S., all giant pandas originally from China are only on loan to foreign zoos and any cubs they produce must all return to China eventually.
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Despite chilly temps, plenty of zoo visitors are saying their goodbyes today.
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WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 03: Giant panda bear Tai Shan sits in the snow and eats bamboo at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park February 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Wednesday was Tai Shan's last day at the zoo before being shipped to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center in China. He was born at the zoo in 2005. Under a deal between China and the U.S., all giant pandas originally from China are only on loan to foreign zoos and any cubs they produce must all return to China eventually. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 03: Giant panda bear Tai Shan walks through a blanket of snow at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park February 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Wednesday was Tai Shan's last day at the zoo before being shipped to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center in China. He was born at the zoo in 2005. Under a deal between China and the U.S., all giant pandas originally from China are only on loan to foreign zoos and any cubs they produce must all return to China eventually. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 03: Giant panda bear Tai Shan sits in the snow and eats bamboo at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park February 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Wednesday was Tai Shan's last day at the zoo before being shipped to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center in China. He was born at the zoo in 2005. Under a deal between China and the U.S., all giant pandas originally from China are only on loan to foreign zoos and any cubs they produce must all return to China eventually. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 03: Giant panda bear Tai Shan reaches of a snow-covered bamboo branch at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park February 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Wednesday was Tai Shan's last day at the zoo before being shipped to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center in China. He was born at the zoo in 2005. Under a deal between China and the U.S., all giant pandas originally from China are only on loan to foreign zoos and any cubs they produce must all return to China eventually. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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