Big Sister Bao Bao Celebrates 2nd Birthday With Giant Fruitsicle

The National Zoo's Bao Bao is now a big sister to a pair of newborn cubs born Saturday. Just a day later, she got to celebrate her own birthday with a yummy giant fruitsicle.

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The National Zoo's Bao Bao is now a big sister to a pair of newborn cubs born Saturday. Just a day later, she got to celebrate her own birthday with a yummy giant fruitsicle.
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The National Zoo said Bao Bao's frozen fruitsicle cake was made with her favorite treats: honey, apple juice, apple sauce, bamboo, carrots and beet juice.
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Zookeepers also decorated cardboard boxes and placed extra treats inside for her to find.
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Bao Bao's birth on Aug. 23, 2013 was met with huge excitement.
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Looking back: A tinier Bao Bao also enjoyed a fruitsicle cake for her first birthday last year.
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Remember when? Bao Bao wasn't quite five months old here, under the watchful eye of dutiful mama Mei Xiang.
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During fall 2013's government shutdown, the panda cams temporarily went dark. When they came back, we learned that Bao Bao weighed almost five pounds and her eyes had begun to open.
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Just like her new little siblings, Bao Bao also knew how to loudly protest a vet exam. You may want to watch this a few dozen times.
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Back in Bao Bao's tiniest days, Mei Xiang passed over snacking opportunities so she could continue to snuggle with the little cub.
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Baby's first photo album: This pic was snapped shortly after Bao Bao's surprise arrival in 2013. "All signs are that we have a healthy cub and we’re excited about that," said Dr. Suzan Murray, the zoo's head vet, shortly after the birth.
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