Bao Bao Makes Cover of Smithsonian Magazine

The National Zoo's giant panda cub Bao Bao is a star! She's made the cover of Smithsonian Magazine's January issue, complete with a photo spread. The magazine shared these images with us, as well as some weird panda facts.

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The National Zoo's giant panda cub Bao Bao is a star! She's made the cover of Smithsonian Magazine's January issue, complete with a photo spread. The magazine shared these images with us, as well as some weird panda facts.
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Tim Flach for Smithsonian Magazine
Weird panda facts from the fascinating Smithsonian magazine piece: Although classified as a member of the bear family, pandas do not roar in a bear-like fashion. Pandas are not hunters, and rarely kill anything. And unlike other bears, pandas do not hibernate,
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Tim Flach for Smithsonian Magazine
Scientists determine that bamboo wasn't actually the panda's first choice of meals: panda ancestors were carnivorous distant cousins of hyeanas, saber-toothed cats and badgers. Also: Pandas are one of the few members of the animal kingdom with fully-functional thumbs.
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Tim Flach for Smithsonian Magazine
Bao Bao will make her public debut on Jan. 18, the zoo announced Wednesday.
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