Bei Bei Says Bye Bye

After four years of delighting individuals and families in the United States, giant panda Bei Bei is ready to bid farewell and embark on the next stage of his life in China.

By: Leah Weber

Photo By: KAREN BLEIER

Photo By: KAREN BLEIER

Photo By: ALASTAIR PIKE

Photo By: ALASTAIR PIKE

Bei Bei got to live with his mom, Mei Xiang

Giant panda Mei Xiang(bottom) mother of Bei Bei, catches him as he comes down a tree in his enclosure August 24, 2016 at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.Bei Bei celebrated his first birthday August 20, 2016. He is part of SinoAmerican panda diplomacy and will have to be sent to the People's Republic of China at the age of 4. (Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP via Getty Images)

Baby Bei Bei looking like he’s getting a scolding from his mom!

Giant panda Mei Xiang and her cub Bei Bei(R) play in their enclosure August 24, 2016 at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.Bei Bei celebrated his first birthday August 20, 2016. He is part of SinoAmerican panda diplomacy and will have to be sent to the People's Republic of China at the age of 4. (Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP via Getty Images)

Bei Bei celebrated the big F-O-U-R in August.

Giant panda Bei Bei walks towards his frozen 4th birthday cake at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC, on August 22, 2019. - Bei Bei is set to move to China after turning four years old, according to a US-China breeding agreement between the Smithsonian National Zoo and the China Wildlife Conservation Association. (Photo by ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP via Getty Images)

As promised, Bei Bei returns to China just a few months after his 4th birthday.

Giant panda Bei Bei eats his frozen 4th birthday cake at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC, on August 22, 2019. - Bei Bei is set to move to China after turning four years old, according to a US-China breeding agreement between the Smithsonian National Zoo and the China Wildlife Conservation Association. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP via Getty Images

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