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US zoo to return beloved giant pandas to China

US zoo to return beloved giant pandas to China

LOS ANGELES: Two giant pandas that have been a star attraction at the San Diego Zoo for decades will soon be returned home to China, officials announced, reports AFP.

Bai Yun, the 27-year-old female giant panda, and her son, six-year-old Xiao Liwu, will be repatriated to their ancestral homeland in late April.

“Although we are sad to see these pandas go, we have great hopes for the future,” Shawn Dixon, chief operating officer for San Diego Zoo Global, said in a statement issued Monday. “Working with our colleagues in China, San Diego Zoo Global is ready to make a commitment for the next stage of our panda program.”

The pandas had been on loan to the zoo as part of a long-term conservation agreement that is coming to an end.

The animals had been a star attraction at the zoo, one of very few in the United States to have giant pandas.