‘Bei Bei’ the giant panda cub makes public debut at National Zoo

(Reuters) – A nearly five-month-old giant panda made his public debut on Saturday at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, where he mostly slept through visits by dozens of tourists eager for a first glimpse at the pudgy cub. Bei Bei was born on Aug. 22 to the zoo’s Mei Xiang, one of the top tourist draws in the U.S. capital. Laurie Thompson, the zoo’s panda biologist, carried Bei Bei from a small enclosure to the roomier Panda House, which is filled with bamboo and toys, early on Saturday for public viewing.

January 16, 2016 10:36 pm

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