Moving from Washington, D.C., to China would be a culture shock for anyone—especially for a 3-year-old panda! Bao Bao was born at Washington’s National Zoo, but last spring she returned to China, where pandas live in the wild. All captive pandas are considered on loan from China, so cubs born abroad must be sent to China before they turn 4.
Since arriving in China, Bao Bao has had to overcome jet lag and a language barrier: Her keepers speak Mandarin Chinese instead of English. She’s even had to swap out her favorite snack, biscuits, for wowotou, a local steamed cornmeal bun. But her new keepers are pleased with her progress and how she’s adapting to her new home.