National Zoo's Adorable Giant Panda Bei Bei Turns Three!


Bei Bei turns three! (Photo Credit: Roshan Patel/Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s charismatic giant panda Bei Bei, who has won over millions of hearts with his playful behavior and bold personality, turned three on August 22, 2018. To celebrate the occasion, the Zoo’s youngest panda bear was treated to a special enrichment painting session, gifted a new toy, and, best of all, given a massive ice cake, complete with the number 3, to feast on all by himself!

Bei Bei enjoys his new hammock (Photo Credit: Smithsonian’s National Zoo – You Tube screen capture)

Made by the Zoo’s department of nutrition sciences, the delicious cake contained all of Bei Bei’s favorite foods. Its two tiers were crafted from a blend of diluted apple, cranberry, and grape juice and leaf-eater biscuit puree. The treat was filled and decorated with apples, pears, bananas, shredded carrots, cooked sweet potatoes, and sugarcane stalks. Even the giant decorative number three, made using diluted apple juice and leaf-eater biscuit puree, was entirely edible! Judging from the video, Bei Bei sure enjoyed his special day.

Bei Bei (Photo Credit: Smithsonian’s National Zoo via Facebook)

Unfortunately, Bei Bei’s fans will only get to enjoy one more birthday with the adorable panda, whose name means “precious treasure,” in Mandarin. That’s because once he turns four, just like his older siblings, Bao Bao and Tai Shaun, Bei Bei will be sent to the giant panda breeding program at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in China's Sichuan Province. Hopefully, Bei Bei will be able to add to the dwindling giant panda population by producing an offspring or two.


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  • blacklives
    blacklivesSaturday, June 27, 2020 at 10:11 pm
    Happy belated birthday Bei Bei😍I wish you the best wishes a genie could ever give😍🖤🖤
    • lotterywinner32
      lotterywinner32Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 9:23 am
      Happy birthday bei bei!😍🐼
      • wolfiegamer3
        wolfiegamer3Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 6:40 am
        So So So So CUTE I want to see it in person 😍🐼
        • tiktok4life
          tiktok4lifeWednesday, May 13, 2020 at 7:21 am
          i love pandas and they have been one of my favorite animals since forever (follow me and i will follow you back)
          • meisdancer
            meisdancerTuesday, May 12, 2020 at 2:34 pm
            that was so cute!!!!
            • meisdancer
              meisdancerThursday, May 7, 2020 at 1:46 pm
              I love pandas! This article was AM-AY-ZING It was so cute I loved the video when Bei Bei ate the cake #BeiBeis'sname is so cute!
              • animereina2020
                animereina2020Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:47 am
                Luv the video
                • animereina2020
                  animereina2020Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:46 am
                  Idk why, but the cake that bei bei is eating looks good... I don't think it tastes good though! XD
                  • animereina2020
                    animereina2020Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:44 am
                    Happy very late birthday Bei Bei😄🐼❤
                    • kholden86
                      kholden86Friday, May 1, 2020 at 9:42 am
                      Ia m such a panda lover and that is c to the u to the t and e CUTE <3<3