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**FILE** Giant Panda Tai Shan eats an apple in his enclosure in the National Zoo in Northwest Washington on Friday, but will be leaving his parents early next year to breed in China. He was born in the Smithsonian park. (Allison Shelley/The Washington Times)

**FILE** Giant Panda Tai Shan eats an apple in his enclosure in the National Zoo in Northwest Washington on Friday, but will be leaving his parents early next year to breed in China. He was born in the Smithsonian park. (Allison Shelley/The Washington Times)

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