National Zoo’s Panda Cub Bao Bao Explores Den

Bao Bao, the National Zoo's almost-four-month-old giant panda cub, is clearly practicing her big debut to the public. Zoo visitors will be able to glimpse her starting Jan. 18. In the meantime, she's spending more time exploring the den she shares with her mama, Mei Xiang.

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Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo
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Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Bao Bao, the National Zoo's almost-four-month-old giant panda cub, is clearly practicing her big debut to the public. Zoo visitors will be able to glimpse her starting Jan. 18. In the meantime, she's spending more time exploring the den she shares with her mama, Mei Xiang.
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Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Bao Bao also continues to work on this whole "walking" thing.
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Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo
By the way, panda cubs make great neck warmers.
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Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo
It's a big world out there.
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Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo
We see you, Bao Bao!
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Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo
The panda cub weighs more than 13 pounds, but is still clearly in the "puffball" stage.
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Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Is it Jan. 18 yet?
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