Zoo’s fond farewell to grown-up bossy boy

Shanghai Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Hu Min

GI­ANT panda Xing Er will leave the Shang­hai Zoo, where he has lived for nearly three years, and re­turn to Chengdu in south­west China’s Sichuan Prov­ince to­mor­row.

The 5-year-old’s new home will be the Chengdu Re­search Base of Gi­ant Panda Breed­ing.

Xing Er weighed 88 kilo­grams when he ar­rived in Shang­hai, and has grown to 110kg.

He loves eat­ing ap­ples and steamed corn-bread, and his “dream” is sleep­ing in bam­boo shoots, zookeep­ers said.

Fri­day was the 1,000-day an­niver­sary of his stay in Shang­hai.

Xing Er is a smart and “bossy” boy, and he of­ten leans on fel­low panda Ya Er, treat­ing him like cush­ion, zookeep­ers said. But Ya Er, also 5, never gets an­gry, and likes stay­ing with Xing Er.

Xing Er has many toys, and he loves the swings. He also likes sleep­ing on the slide after he has eaten. He has re­ceived many gifts from his fans in­clud­ing a photo al­bum.

“It is very dif­fi­cult to say good­bye, and I hope he lives a happy life in Chengdu,” said Shang­hai res­i­dent Qian Min, who brings her two chil­dren to the gi­ant panda pavil­ion of­ten. “If I travel to Chengdu, I will pay a visit to the base.”

Gi­ant pan­das must re­turn to the Chengdu cen­ter when they reach breed­ing age. The zoo said a new gi­ant panda will ar­rive in Shang­hai after its gi­ant panda pavil­ion is ren­o­vated.

Gi­ant panda Xing Er snacks on bam­boo leaves at the Shang­hai Zoo. — Ti Gong

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