After a quarantine period, the US-born giant panda Bei Bei has moved to his new home in the Bifengxia base in Southwest China's Sichuan Province Monday.
The four-year-old male giant panda was born and raised at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. After a 15-hour FedEx flight, Bei Bei finally settled down in China's Sichuan Province on November 21.
Bei Bei's departure is in line with the terms of a cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, which requires all cubs born at the zoo to return to China after their fourth birthday. He will enter a breeding program when he reaches sexual maturity around five to seven years old.
Today, Bei Bei formally met with the public and started to live in the decorated home made by volunteers. He seemed rather shy, hidding in or wandering close to his new home.
Although Bei Bei still understands his name better in English, his relationship with the local breeder in Sichuan is expected to get better. Click to see more of the cute Bei Bei!
(Compiled by Bao Han, Wang Zi)