Bye-Bye, Panda Tai Shan

Tai Shan (
Brooks Kraft / Corbis for TIME

Giant Panda
Tai Shan ("Peaceful Mountain" in Chinese) stole the hearts of Americans in the 4½ years after his birth on July 9, 2005, at the National Zoo. He was on loan from the Chinese government and will return to China to participate in a breeding program.

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