Giant panda Tian Tian celebrates last birthday in DC zoo


It was a bittersweet birthday for one of the National Zoo’s giant pandas on Sunday as he celebrated his last one in the United States ahead of a return home to China.

The 26-year-old bear, Tian Tian, along with two other pandas in the zoo, are slated to leave by December 7. The trio includes 25-year-old Mei Xiang and their child, Xiao Qi Ji, who is 3.

On Sunday, Tian Tian received a special “fruitsicle” cake made with fruits and vegetables with a “frosting” of sweet potatoes, mashed carrots and honey for his birthday, the museum said.