Not only do pandas fly commercial, but they have to connect. And they don’t earn
extra any miles.
Yun Zi was born at the San Diego Zoo, but isn’t a U.S. citizen.
Panda politics are complicated and agreements with China are that when a Panda parent gives birth, the government gets to decide where to send the kid. Since Yun Zi is more than 4 years old, it was time to be taken from his family.
In a Hunger Games sort of way.
The panda flew to Shanghai onboard a China Southern 777 and then onward to Chengdu before making the rest of the trip to Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan.
“He was calm, and when we first took off he ate some but then he was kind of tired and for the last half of the trip he mostly slept… we were worried he would be nervous but he was mostly calm.”
That actually sounds like me on my last long haul flight!
Apparently Bai Yun and Gao Gao have another panda together, Xiao Liwu, who can be seen via the San Diego Zoo’s PandaCam.
(HT: LA Airspace)