Update on the status of Tai Shan:
All the Vets and staff at Bifengxia are very pleased with his progress and very happy he has come home to China. A Chief Veterinarian at Bifengxia stated, “Tai Shan had safely come back to Bifengxia. He is a brave boy, no any strangeness of the new home, eats local bamboo and fruits very well (but not panda bread), daily activities and spirits are well, in one word he is normal with all things, he looks very happy. All our staff are emotional on Tai Shan back. Many Chinese visitors waiting for see him.”
This constant business from the Chinese about Tai Shan going “back” to China (or Bifengxia specifically in this case) is very frustrating to me. This trip is the guy’s first time in China—he was born in the United States of America and never left the country until the Chinese had us send him over. Those were the rules we agreed to when China lent out its adult pandas, so fair’s fair and China’s claiming what they’re entitled to, but there’s no need to keep up the pretense that anyone’s going “back” to anywhere.