Born in Washington?

February 9, 2010

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Mei Lan, whose name means “Atlanta Beauty” is a Giant Panda who was born on September 6, 2006, at Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. You erroneously reported that she was born in Washington, DC.

I have watched this panda grow up ever since she was born. For you to report that she was born in Washington, DC, is not only an unfortunate misrepresentation but completely undermines Zoo Atlanta as the most successful Giant Panda breeding and conservation program in the United States. A correction to this story is necessary, and I believe an apology is in order to Mei Lan, Zoo Atlanta, and all of us in Atlanta who have been combing the news to keep up with our Atlanta Beauty since her departure, and we shall continue to do so.


Your report on the panda, Mei Lan, not eating upon return to China, incorrectly stated Mei Lan was born in Washington, DC. This is wrong. Mei Lan was born at Zoo Atlanta. The DC panda is Tai Shan.


Thanks to our readers who caught this one. We pulled the piece, corrected the information and re-posted it: GBU Editor

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