published Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

2 pandas born at Atlanta's zoo to leave for China

ATLANTA — Two giant pandas born at Atlanta's zoo will soon be leaving for China.

Zoo Atlanta announced Wednesday that Xi Lan, who's 5, and Po, who's 3, are set to leave Nov. 24 for China's Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Their older brother, Mei Lan, made the trip to China in 2010 when he was 3.

Zoo Atlanta plans to hold special farewell activities for the pair this Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mei Lun and Mei Huan, twin cubs born to mother Lun Lun in July, recently started walking and will soon be on public display with their mother.

Under a deal between China and the U.S., all giant pandas originally from China are lent out to foreign zoos. They and any cubs they produce must all return to China eventually.

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