Panda Weiwei returns home after 10 years
Wuhan Zoo has farewelled Weiwei, its giant panda, sending him back to Sichuan because of its ongoing construction at the zoo. At 11 p.m. on June 20, Weiwei arrived at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Dujiangyan, Sichuan, accompanied by staff from Wuhan Zoo.
It's been 10 years since Weiwei first arrived in Wuhan on June 27, 2008, after an earthquake destroyed his home in Sichuan. During his stay here, Weiwei was cared for by his breeder, Chen Jun. Chen said that besides bamboo, Weiwei enjoys apples and steamed bread. Weiwei's weight has risen from 86 to 116 kilograms, which is considered a normal weight for an adult panda.
Wuhan Zoo has celebrated Weiwei's birthday in August annually by preparing a special birthday cake made of steamed bread for him. For many Wuhan citizens, that special day in August is not just Weiwei's birthday; it's a holiday. In the past 10 years, thousands of citizens have visited the zoo to celebrate Weiwei's birthday.
In the past decade, nearly 500 citizens have expressed their love for the panda by means of "adopting" or "donating." Every year, Weiwei attracts more than one million visitors.
Weiwei at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan