Meet Bao Bao, The Baby Panda Of The Smithsonian National Zoo

Hi, Bao Bao! You’re real cute.

1. On Aug. 23, this tiny baby bear was born to Giant Panda Mei Xiang in the Smithsonian National Zoo.

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2. Yep, this is what a baby panda looks like. Sorry.

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3. Luckily the baby was healthy and, as she grew, she started to get a lot cuter!

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4. By October, she was walking and actually looking like a real panda cub!

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5. After the panda turned 100 days old in December, she was named Bao Bao. The public voted for the name, which means “treasure” or “precious.”

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6. Turning 100 days old is a big deal for pandas, who often die as babies. Bao Bao is only the second surviving cub born at the Smithsonian since 1972!

7. Even Michelle Obama celebrated baby Bao Bao’s birth at the Zoo.

8. She’s grown a ton, and has matured into the adorable, tiny bear you see before you.

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9. Bao Bao’s official public unveiling is Jan. 18, but she appeared for film and photo shoots this past week.


10. And she did great!

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11. Hiiiii!!!

12. She showed us that she’s mastered the task of eating.

13. And is pretty good at walking, too!

14. Her climbing skills are impeccable. Well, impeccably adorable at least.

16. Byeee, Bao Bao!

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17. See you again on Jan. 18.

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