Panda returns to China after 15 years in the United States


CHENGDU, China (NBC/KXAN) — Giant panda Gao Gao made his first official appearance Monday in southwest China, one month after returning from the United States. He arrived at the Chinese Center for Research and Conservation for the Giant Panda on Nov. 1, where he was quarantined for a month because of his old age.

The male giant panda is 28 years old, which is the equivalent of 98 in human years. Examination results show that Gao Gao’s current physical condition is generally good.

The panda has gradually adapted to his new living environment. A heater has been placed in Gao Gao’s enclosure to help him cope with the cold winter.

In 2003, Gao Gao went to the United States where he lived with a female panda. Together they had five babies during their 15-year stay in the country.

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