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National Zoo’s Panda Bao Bao Readies for Big Debut

General January 15, 2014

National Zoo's Panda Bao Bao Readies for Big DebutThe nearly 5-month-old giant panda cub Bao Bao at the Smithsonian's National Zoo will make her public debut in a few days. Those with a "Friends of the National Zoo" membership have exclusive access to the panda habitat in Washington, D.C., this week, but the general public will finally get to lay their eyes on Bao Bao on Saturday (Jan. 18). The darling of panda cam fans, Bao Bao was born to 15-year-old panda mom Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) on Aug. 23, 2013. Like many pandas born in captivity today, Bao Bao, whose name means "precious" or "treasure," was conceived artificially.

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