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Panda Tai Shan Freed From Quarantine

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After a month in quarantine, American-born panda Tai Shan is on public display for the first time since his much-anticipated arrival in China.

Visitors and staff cheered and waved as the 4 1/2-year-old panda born and raised at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., rolled up in a cage carried on a bright green buggy to his enclosure at a panda breeding base in Sichuan province.

Tai Shan and another American-born giant panda, 3-year-old Mei Lan, were flown to China from the U.S. last month. Mei Lan is also due to leave quarantine, but it's not immediately clear when she will be shown to the public.

Tai Shan was released into a 320-square-foot room attached to a large garden enclosure at the Ya'an Bifeng Gorge Breeding Base, where staff say Tai Shan is adjusting well to his new surrounding in his "motherland."

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