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Journalists take photographs of the giant panda Bao Bao as it is moved on a forklift at its new home at the panda research base in Dujiangyan in southwest China's Sichuan province Friday, March 24, 2017. It was the first public appearance for Bao Bao after the beloved panda was returned to China from Washington's National Zoo. (Chinatopix via AP)

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In this Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, staff members of Sichuan Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau prepare to check the condition of giant panda Bao Bao upon her arrival at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, the capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province. Bao Bao, an American-born panda cub, arrived in China on Wednesday evening after leaving the National Zoo in Washington. (Liu Kun/Xinhua via AP)

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In this Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a staff member of Sichuan Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau checks the condition of giant panda Bao Bao upon her arrival at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, the capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province. Bao Bao, an American-born panda cub, arrived in China on Wednesday evening after leaving the National Zoo in Washington. (Liu Kun/Xinhua via AP)

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A panda enthusiast from Utah made a last-minute trek to the capital to see Bao Bao before his trip to China.

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Panda cub Bao Bao hangs from a tree in her habitat at the National Zoo in Washington in Washington, in this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo. The National Zoo says 3-year-old panda Bao Bao is heading to China this month. The zoo tweeted Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, that Bao Bao will fly to China on Feb. 21. The zoo recently announced a celebration of Bao Bao starting Feb. 16 in anticipation of her departure. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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Bao Bao will leave the Smithsonian's National Zoo, where she has been charming visitors since her birth on Aug. 23, 2013. As one of fewer than 2,000 giant pandas in the world, she will enter a breeding program in China. (Associated Press)

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Giant panda Bao Bao plays in the snow at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. (Image: Devin Murphy/Smithsonian's National Zoo) ** FILE **

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Panda cub Bao Bao hangs from a tree in her habitat at the National Zoo in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Today marks her first birthday and the the zoo is marking the event with a traditional 'Zhuazhou' ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolizing long life to mark the event. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Bao Bao has grown into an active, independent panda who sometimes keeps her audience and her keepers waiting. She spends much of her time perched in trees.

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Soon to be one-year old panda Bao Bao plays by herself as her mother Mei walks around the panda pavillion Thursday morning at the National Zoo. Keith Lane/Special to the Washington Times

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Large crowds gather to watch baby panda Bao Bao and her mother, Mei, play in the outdoor enclosure at the National Zoo. Keith Lane/Special to the Washington Times.

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Large crowds gather to watch baby panda Bao Bao and her mother, Mei, play in the outdoor enclosure at the National Zoo. Keith Lane/Special to the Washington Times.

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Soon to be one-year old panda Bao Bao plays by herself as her mother Mei walks around the panda pavillion Thursday morning at the National Zoo. Keith Lane/Special to the Washington Times

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Soon to be one-year old panda Bao Bao plays by herself as her mother Mei walks around the panda pavillion Thursday morning at the National Zoo. Keith Lane/Special to the Washington Times

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Baby panda Bao Bao, and her mother Mei, play in the outdoor panda pavillion. Bao Bao turns one-year old this weekend. Keith Lane/Special to the Washington Times

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Soon to be one-year old panda Bao Bao plays by herself as her mother Mei walks around the panda pavillion Thursday morning at the National Zoo. Keith Lane/Special to the Washington Times

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Large crowds gather to watch baby panda Bao Bao and her mother, Mei, play in the outdoor enclosure at the National Zoo. Keith Lane/Special to the Washington Times.

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Baby panda Bao Bao, and her mother Mei, play in the outdoor panda pavillion. Bao Bao turns one-year old this weekend. Keith Lane/Special to the Washington Times

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Soon to be one-year old panda Bao Bao plays by herself as her mother Mei walks around the panda pavillion Thursday morning at the National Zoo. Keith Lane/Special to the Washington Times

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Soon to be one-year old panda Bao Bao plays by herself as her mother Mei walks around the panda pavillion Thursday morning at the National Zoo. Keith Lane/Special to the Washington Times