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Home sweet home: Pandas return four years after China quake

China Daily via Reuters

A giant panda is seen on a tree at the new base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan province, on October 30, 2012.

Pandas displaced after an earthquake struck their reserve in 2008 have begun to return home.

The first batch of 18 pandas moved into the new base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda on Tuesday, according to local media reports cited by Reuters. They had been relocated following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake which devastated the famed Wolong reserve, one of the earliest research bases set up by the Chinese government in the early 1980s. 

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