America’s Favorite Pandas

Don't miss these amazing photos of pandas and their cubs in action. Click to see the life of the beloved bamboo-crunching animals in various zoos.

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Smithsonian National Zoo
The National Zoo's giant panda cub Bao Bao ventured outside for the first time Tuesday, April 1. Bao Bao and Mei Xiang share a snuggle while outside in the yard.
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The National Zoo's female giant panda, Mei Xiang, was captured on video grooming her tiny cub as it squirmed.Click here to watch the video.
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San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo's famous giant panda mom, Bai Yun, celebrated her 22nd birthday on Saturday by indulging in a big, colorful cake alongside her family. Read more about the birthday party here.
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DreamWorks Pictures
Will Ferrell covered all the details of the new panda that was born in the movie, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."
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DreamWorks Animation
Po the Panda honed all his martial arts skills, as the star of the movie "Kung Fu Panda."
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National Zoo
Mei Xiang's newest cub melted hearts when it started squawking and crying for its mothers attention. The cub has barely left Mei's paws since it was born 6 days ago. The sex of the cub is not yet known, as Mei Ziang has been very protective against letting the team perform checkups on the cub. But experts say the two pandas appear to be in good health. Click to see more of America's favorite pandas.
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After days on pregnancy watch, the National Zoo's Mei Xiang gave birth to two cubs Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 and 24, 2013. The first cub, pictured here, appears to be in good health, but the second was stillborn. Here, a member of the panda team gives the first neonatal exam Sunday, Aug. 25, on the healthy cub. Watch a video of the exam here.
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Smithsonian's National Zoo was on a 24-hour panda pregnancy watch as it tried to determine whether Mei Xiang was expecting. Zookeepers said she was spending more time in her den, was sensitive to noise and was shredding bamboo for a nest. Still, the region was taken by surprise when the zoo announced Mei had gone into labor Friday afternoon. See for yourself in this video from NBC Washington.
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Yuan Yuan, a giant panda at Taipei Zoo, is reunited with her female cub by a staff member in Taiwan on Aug. 12, 2013. The cub was injured in the first days after her birth and was placed in an incubator until she had healed.
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Xiao Liwu, a giant panda cub, celebrated his first birthday on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo, reported NBC Washington. Fans were able to watch the event through the zoo's special live "Panda Cam."
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Zoo Atlanta got a big surprise when a panda birth turned out to be doubly adorable. Panda twins were born there on July 16, 2013 — and became the first twin pandas to be born in the U.S. since 1987.
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Xiao Liwu lives the good life in the San Diego Zoo, where he rolled on his back on Jan. 16, 2013.
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Happy fourth! Yun Zi was presented with a 4-foot-tall birthday cake when he turned four years old on Aug. 5, 2013, at the San Diego Zoo, according to NBC San Diego. The ice tiers were colored with food coloring, filled with apple and yam pieces and decorated with pureed yam frosting.
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Giant panda cub Xiao Liwu stretches out and shows his belly while animal care staff check him over during his weekly exam at the San Diego Zoo on Nov. 29, 2012.
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A veterinarian holds a 5-week-old giant panda at the San Diego Zoo. He joins four older panda cub siblings born to mother Bai Yun.
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A 15-week-old giant panda named Xiao Liwu is examined by a veterinarian at the San Diego Zoo on Sept. 20, 2012. The cub's eyes are almost open now. Vets believe the cub can see but is likely limited to viewing light and shadows.
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A panda cub at the San Diego Zoo plays with a plastic ball during his veterinarian exam. Panda keepers gave the cub the new toy to test his coordination and to encourage him to play with new objects.
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It's the most important meal of the day, and pandas are no exception. Mei Xian eats her breakfast at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 19, 2011.
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Tian Tian enjoys a fruitcicle — with apple and pear slices frozen into apple juice — on Jan. 20, 2011, at the National Zoo in Washington.
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Tai Shan checks out his birthday cake at the National Zoo on July 9, 2009, according to NBC Washington. The zoo held an event to celebrate the panda's fourth birthday with a frozen cake made from water, bamboo, shredded beets and beet juice.
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It's a mother-and-son playdate. Mei Xiang plays with her male cub on Feb. 14, 2006, at the National Zoo.
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A newborn giant panda cub gets its first veterinary exam on August 17, 2005, at the San Diego Zoo. The baby panda isn't giant just yet: It measures just 24 centimeters and weighs 13 ounces.
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Young panda Su Lin rolls in the snow — and makes a snowball — at the San Diego Zoo. The pandas benefit from the annual spraying of fake snow over the panda habitat in the normally balmy Southern California zoo to give the pandas a taste of home, China. Watch a video of a panda playing in the snow.
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