Beijing Bids Adieu to Visiting Pandas

They shift to a Sichuan reserve while their damaged home is rebuilt
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 23, 2009 3:25 AM CDT
A worker looks at a giant panda in a cage placed on a vehicle to leave the Beijing Zoo yesterday.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Li Wen)
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(Newser) – Beijing's "Olympic pandas"—which drew 2 million fans during their 10-month stay in the city's zoo—have been returned to Sichuan Province, Xinhua reports. Their original habitat was damaged in last May's earthquake, so the pack of eight will reside in a panda reserve for now. Several will return to Beijing when China celebrates its 60th anniversary in two months.