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.
Oh, Twitter. Today is a sad day for this panda. I have loved growing up here.— Bao Bao (@BaoBaoPanda) October 20, 2016
Even Bao Bao took to Twitter to bid the United States goodbye.
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