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In this photo taken Sept. 25, 2015, panda cub Bao Bao, roams in an enclosure at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington. The National Zoo will be saying bye-bye to panda cub Bao Bao. The zoo said Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, that Bao Bao will move to China within the first few months of 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Bao Bao the panda is set to leave Washington sometime during 2017


Say it isn't so. 

Beloved Washington, D.C. panda Bao Bao is set to return to China in the first months of 2017 as a part of a breeding program in China, reports CBS News

As a part of a loan agreement, Pandas born in the United States return the China around the age of 4. 

Departing alongside Bao Bao are twin pandas from Atlanta named Mei Lun and Mei Huan. All three pandas returning to China are female. 

Both zoos are preparing for their respective pandas' departure. In Washington, a travel crate will soon be placed in Bao Bao's enclosure so she can begin to get used to it. The twins' crate has already been placed in their enclosure. 

The news is hitting some on social media especially hard.

Even Bao Bao took to Twitter to bid the United States goodbye. 

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