The nation’s capital gained a new star on Saturday when the National Zoo’s 4-month-old panda bear cub made her debut to long lines of visitors. The panda cub, Bao Bao, went on exhibit at the Giant Bear Habitat, accompanied by her mother, Mei Xiang, said zoo spokeswoman Annalisa Meyer. Bao Bao, whose name means “precious” or “treasure,” has been a star since her birth on August 23 was broadcast live on the zoo’s panda cam. Giant pandas are among the world’s most endangered species, in part because it is difficult for them to breed in the wild, let alone in captivity, scientists said on NationalGeographic.com.
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