I have failed you. There was big news at Los Angeles International Airport recently, and I missed it.
Aircargoworld.com reports that Yun Zi, a panda, was transported to Shanghai on a China Southern Boeing 777 Freighter. Yun Zi, born in the United States, had been at the San Diego Zoo. I don’t know much about Panda diplomacy, but the story states that an agreement between the United States and China requires Pandas to go to China before they turn 4. Apparently China retains control even of Pandas born here. (There is a fascinating New Yorker piece on a Panda issues, published in September)
According to the Air Cargo World story, Yunzi had an uneventful flight.
After welcoming the panda to an isolated storage area in Pudong Cargo Terminal, the veterinarian did an overall body check of the panda, fed him and placed him on a pallet in the designated quarantine area. Yunzi flew to Chengdu, China, and then to Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China, where his parents grew up.
The good folks at Laist put together a nice photo gallery of Yun Zi’s life in San Diego.