Panda Tai Shan Greets His New Public in China!

03/10/2010 at 03:00 PM EST

Panda Tai Shan Greets His New Public in China!
After spending a month in quarantine, Tai Shan, the panda born at the National Zoo, finally made his first public appearance at his new home in China. The new arrival was driven out in a green buggy adorned with flowers. He was greeted with applause and cheers; there was even a bamboo planting ceremony in his honor.

Tai Shan is at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, a reserve in southwestern China, and according to his old friends at the National Zoo, he seems to have adapted well to his new home.

"The good news is that Tai is doing well, is a hit over there, and there will soon be a panda-cam in his enclosure so people [in the U.S.] can still connect with him," zoo spokesperson Karin Korpowski-Gallo tells "That should make a lot of the panda fans here happy."

The 4-year-old is currently staying in Villa 5, as his bigger, more visible intended home, Villa 1, is being renovated. A camera has already been installed in Villa 5, and will soon be available for the public to view online.

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