It's a sad day for Washington, D.C., and the National Zoo. Our own baby panda, Tai Shan, has grown to a rambunctious 4-year-old and it's time for him to travel to China to start meeting all the panda ladies.
The crowds were thick, so Hippo observed from the balcony.
Tai Shan, like any little boy, doesn't seem too concerned with the commotion. He's most interested in his fruit pop.
Mom munched on her own snack next door. Is she going to miss Tai Shan? Or is she dreaming of a new baby panda joining the family?
Daddy is very relaxed, enjoying a quiet nap on his heated rock.