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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:41 pm 
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"Our Goodbye Girls ~ Mei Lun and Mei Huan" :5val:
"Today (November 3rd) Mei Lun and Mei Huan will begin their journey to China. This video shows highlights of the last 3 hours on Panda Cam today while they were in the hammock dayroom. These precious girls have created so many lasting memories, so much joy. God speed darling Mei Lun and Mei Huan ... wishing you joy and happiness in the next chapter of your lives."


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More from Zoo Atlanta on the girls' departure.
"A bamboo bon voyage to Mei Lun and Mei Huan
Thursday, November 3, 2016
The first surviving giant panda twins born in the U.S. are en route to China

Mei Lun and Mei Huan, the first surviving pair of giant panda twins ever born in the U.S., are officially on their way to Chengdu, China, for a new home at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The 3-year-old giant pandas left Atlanta in the early-morning hours of November 3, 2016.

The twins, who are the fourth and fifth Atlanta-born pandas to travel to China, are accompanied by two Zoo Atlanta staff and a considerable amount of panda-particular luggage, including around 375 pounds of bamboo, 8 gallons of water, and 25 pounds of favorite treats, including sugarcane, bananas and giant panda biscuits.

“This is a milestone to be celebrated. While the Zoo Atlanta family and their many fans will miss seeing Mei Lun and Mei Huan in Atlanta, we’re very proud to see two more Atlanta-born giant pandas go to join such an important program,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “It’s a tribute to the success of the Zoo Atlanta giant panda program and to the commitment of our international partners who are helping us save this species.”

Mei Lun and Mei Huan will join one of Zoo Atlanta’s longest and most successful conservation collaborations. Zoo Atlanta has contributed more than $10 million in sustained support for conservation of the species, and eight of the Chinese nature reserves inhabited by wild giant pandas are supported by Zoo Atlanta. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) upgraded the giant panda’s status from “endangered” to “vulnerable” in September 2016, but the species remains heavily reliant on conservation programs. Fewer than 1,900 giant pandas are estimated to remain the wild in China’s Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, where they face continuing threats from habitat fragmentation and habitat loss as a result of deforestation and other human activities. More than 1,200 of China’s remaining wild giant pandas live inside nature reserves like those supported by the Zoo.

Fans from around the world tuned in for Mei Lun’s and Mei Huan’s final days on the Zoo’s PandaCam, and many traveled to join the pair at Zoo Atlanta on October 30, when the twins enjoyed special travel-themed enrichment surprises, including a giant passport, globes and a “China or Bust” banner celebrating the duo’s milestone transition to a future at the Chengdu Research Base, where their parents, Lun Lun and Yang Yang, were born, and where their older brothers and sister, Mei Lan, Xi Lan and Po, now reside.

Giant pandas are a solitary species and are weaned from their mothers by the time they are around 18 months old. Mei Lun and Mei Huan have been living apart from their mother since February 2015 and at 3 years old, are ready for this next step in terms of both their age and behavior.

Lun Lun’s and Yang Yang’s youngest offspring, a new set of female twins born September 3, 2013, will follow in their older siblings’ footsteps as they begin to achieve many important milestones of their own. The 2-month-old twins, who can currently be seen on PandaCam hosted by Animal Planet L!VE at zooatlanta.org/pandacam, are expected to make their debut in December 2016 or January 2017. Like Mei Lun and Mei Huan before them, the twins will be named in accordance with the Chinese 100 Day tradition on their 100th day on December 12, 2016.

Stay tuned to Zoo Atlanta Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for social media updates on Mei Lun’s and Mei Huan’s travels, and visit zooatlanta.org for blog posts on the giant pandas. Visit the cubs’ father, Yang Yang, at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Giant Panda Conservation Center."

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Thank you Gigi-our sweethearts are gone BUT -
>>wishing you/them joy and happiness in the next chapter of your/their lives.

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Mei Lun and Mei Huan arrived in China and have been transferred to Chengdu. Video of their arrival and transfer..mixed emotions for me....

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=inOq_LG6JqQ&feature=share


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Mei Lun and Mei Huan arrived in China and have been transferred to Chengdu. Video of their arrival and transfer..mixed emotions for me....

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=inOq_LG6JqQ&feature=share
I am glad they arrived safely, but I sure hated to see them go. Thanks for sharing the link Kris.

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Thanks Kris...

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My oh my have these cubs grown. There are growing up so fast. Many of you may know now that the cubs are girls! As I'm sure many of you have seen on PandaCam, the girls now are able to roll over on their bellies and backs, and they are able to scoot around the nest box. They are both also starting to show more of their personalities as well. Cub A tends to be the more sleepy panda, and Cub B likes to be the feisty one. Today, during their vet check, the girls received their first set of shots, and they took it like champs, without making a single peep. Which I could say the same, when I go to the doctor.
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Adorable! Does anyone remember when the staff put both babies in with Lun Lun for the first time?

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I can't remember Gigi-do you know Carly/MA?

11/8 :15heartbeat:

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Ever wonder what the inside of a panda cub’s mouth looks like? Well, today you are in for a treat – here’s a pic. As you can see, no teeth yet, but it won't be long until they go from no teeth to razor-sharp teeth that can break bamboo as if it were a hollow twig. Pretty impressive, I must say. They are also quite the yawners and smackers right now. Such a tough life being a baby panda. Have to give props to my little ladies, for their being quite the yawners gives me the opportunity to catch a mouth photo!
Stay tuned to see what else is happening in PandaLand!
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Was when they were put together with Lun Lun

They were born on July 15 2013 and 4 months later they were put together with Lun Lun.

Should be around the January 3 2017 that this happens for these 2.


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Was when they were put together with Lun Lun

They were born on July 15 2013 and 4 months later they were put together with Lun Lun.

Should be around the January 3 2017 that this happens for these 2.
Thanks, Sue!

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:1val: Thank you Westend old bird !!

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Who is Sue?
Obviously not you! Thank you Westend old bird! My apologies for the mistaken identity! :girlcrazy:

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Our twins are homesick I think! Feeling sad for them...........

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Oh dear. It sure does sound like they are homesick. I hate to hear this.

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Save the date for the giant panda twins’ 100 Day Celebration on Monday, December 12!

Vote To Name the Giant Panda Twin Girls: until 11:00PM December 4


The 11-week-old giant panda twins born to Lun Lun on September 3 will soon reach one of their most important milestones yet – getting their names. The twins will be named on their 100th day of life on December 12, 2016, and fans around the world are invited to vote on seven sets of names for “Cub A” and “Cub B.”

“There’s much more to this milestone than just two names. The permanence of names gives us a celebration of the achievements of the giant panda program at Zoo Atlanta and a continuation of the bright future of one of our longest-lived and most successful conservation partnerships,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “It’s also a tribute to our giant panda care team, who have done a tremendous and tireless job in helping Lun Lun raise two healthy, thriving young cubs.”

The seven sets of names, each of which has a special meaning or association with the cubs or their parents, were supplied by Zoo Atlanta’s partners in giant panda conservation in Chengdu, China. Voting will continue until 11 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. The names will be revealed at the twins’ 100 Day Naming Celebration on December 12.

The names in the running and their meanings are as follows, in alphabetical order:

1. Ba Lun and Shu Lun : Ba Shu are ancient names of the Sichuan area and are still widely used in China, including Sichuan Province and Chongqing. Ba Shu also means “land of abundance.

2. Jiu Jiu and Yuan Yuan: Jiu means “longevity” or “long time.” Yuan means “far distance” or “far away.” Together, they mean “longevity and permanence.”

3. Lun Jia and Jia Lun: The first Jia means “addition.” The second Jia means “good,” “fine” or “praise.” Lun references daughters of Lun Lun.

4. Lun Li and Lun Yu: Lun Li means “ethic” or “ethics.” Lun Yu is Confucian Analects, a collection of sayings of Confucius and one of the pillars of Chinese culture, widely read across centuries.

5. Ya Lun and Xi Lun: Ya means “elegant;” Xi means “happy;” “Lun” references daughters of Lun Lun – “Lun Lun’s elegant and happy daughters.”

6. Ya Lun and Xin Lun: Similar in origin to Ya Lun and Xi Lun, with Xin meaning “fragrant.”

7. Yang Hai and Yang Gui: Yang is a reference to the twins’ father, Yang Yang, and means “ocean.” Hai means “sea.” Gui has many meanings, including “laurel.”

Vote To Name the Giant Panda Twin Girls until 11:00PM December 4 :

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Bei Bei had surgery. I just saw this. He is going to be okay. Poor baby......



Get well soon Bei Bei!!!!

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Thanks, Sally. My horse went through this kind of surgery. I am sure Bei Bei feels a whole lot better and will feel better yet when he is all healed.

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