Bao Bao Strikes a Pose Before 1st Birthday

Our favorite Giant Panda cub is as cute as ever on the cusp of her birthday

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Bao Bao was born Aug. 23, 2013 at the National Zoo. Her name, which was given to her on her 100th day of life in accordance with Chinese custom, means "treasure." (Photo: Abby Wood / Smithsonian's National Zoo)
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At a year old, Bao Bao is still her playful self. (Photo: Abby Wood / Smithsonian's National Zoo)
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Bao Bao now weighs about 40 pounds and, like all pandas, spends a lot of time munching on bamboo. (Photo: Abby Wood / Smithsonian's National Zoo)
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Bao Bao is the second surviving cub born at the National Zoo since 1972. (Photo: Abby Wood / Smithsonian's National Zoo)
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Bao Bao is about to celebrate her first birthday. A public party is being held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Zoo. (Photo: Abby Wood / Smithsonian's National Zoo)
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