Bao Bao’s First Trip Outside

National Zoo's giant panda cub took her first trip outside April 1.

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Bao Bao and Mei Xiang share a snuggle while outside in the yard. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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Giant panda cub Bao Bao explored her mother Mei Xiang's yard, climbing a nearby tree while her watchful mother munched on some bamboo. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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Giant panda cub Bao Bao explored her mother Mei Xiang's yard, climbing a nearby tree while her watchful mother munched on some bamboo. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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Giant panda cub Bao Bao explored her mother Mei Xiang's yard, climbing a nearby tree while her watchful mother munched on some bamboo. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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Bao Bao with watchful mom, Mei Xiang. Bao Bao, the National Zoo's giant panda cub, ventured outside her enclosure for the first time April 1. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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Bao Bao, the National Zoo's giant panda cub, ventured outside her enclosure for the first time April 1, watched over by mom Mei Xiang. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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Bao Bao, the National Zoo's giant panda cub, ventured outside her enclosure for the first time April 1, watched over by mom Mei Xiang. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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Bao Bao, the National Zoo's giant panda cub, ventured outside her enclosure for the first time April 1, watched over by mom Mei Xiang. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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Bao Bao, the National Zoo's giant panda cub, ventured outside her enclosure for the first time April 1, watched over by mom Mei Xiang. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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Bao Bao, the National Zoo's giant panda cub, ventured outside her enclosure for the first time April 1, watched over by mom Mei Xiang. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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Bao Bao, the National Zoo's giant panda cub, ventured outside her enclosure for the first time April 1, watched over by mom Mei Xiang. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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The National Zoo "cub-proofed" the yard for Bao Bao, the National Zoo's giant panda cub, before she ventured outside for the first time April 1. They spread hay to cushion any falls. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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The National Zoo's giant panda cub Bao Bao climbed trees and explored when she ventured outside her enclosure for the first time April 1, watched over by mom Mei Xiang. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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National Zoo zookeepers have placed "collars'' on trees to prevent Bao Bao, a giant panda cub, from climbing too high. The cub ventured outside her enclosure for the first time April 1. (Photo: Smithsonian National Zoo)
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