Bye, Bao Bao! Later, Mei Lun and Mei Huan! Pandas leaving US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The panda population in the United States is dropping by three.

In this photo taken Sept. 25, 2015, panda cub Bao Bao, roams in an enclosure at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington. The National Zoo will be saying bye-bye to panda cub Bao Bao. The zoo said Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, that Bao Bao will move to China within the first few months of 2017.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
In this photo taken Sept. 25, 2015, panda cub Bao Bao, roams in an enclosure at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington. The National Zoo will be saying bye-bye to panda cub Bao Bao. The zoo said Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, that Bao Bao will move to China within the first few months of 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Atlanta’s zoo announced Thursday that its 3-year-old giant panda twins will leave the zoo Nov. 3. And the National Zoo in Washington said it will be saying bye-bye to panda cub Bao Bao in 2017. The zoo didn’t give a date but said the cub will move to China within the first few months of the new year.

A total of four U.S. zoos have pandas as part of a loan agreement with China. As part of the agreement, all adult offspring are sent to China.

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