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These Giant Pandas Are Leaving The US For China Because 2016 Isn't Done With Us

Bye bye, Bao Bao and friends.

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This departure was only a matter of time. All four US zoos that house giant pandas have them on loan from China, with the agreement that all offspring are sent back when they're of age.

Mei Lun and Mei Huan, the first surviving pair of giant panda twins to be born in the US, will leave Atlanta on Nov. 3. Bao Bao will depart in early 2017, the zoos announced Thursday.

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