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

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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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  • JamesWednesday, January 23, 2019 at 8:41 am
    sooo cute
    • isabel alexusWednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7:13 am
      sooooo cut
      • queen_arianna
        queen_ariannaTuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:11 am
        did u know that all pandas are coming extinct and bei bei may be the last of his kind think about it because the male white rhino dies and there was only 2 females left now maybe bei bei may be the last of his kind.....but happy birthday bei bei your so cute hope u have a special day
        • hikiSaturday, January 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm
          cute little panda
          • AvaSaturday, January 19, 2019 at 11:06 am
            It's soooooooooooooo adorable sweet little panda🐼🐼🐼
            • L ittleTSaturday, January 19, 2019 at 5:39 am
              How cute😁
              • iluvsloths2009
                iluvsloths2009Friday, January 18, 2019 at 4:16 pm
                So Cute/Adorable! =D Luv it!
                • JaceFriday, January 18, 2019 at 10:50 am
                  CUTE! my favorite animal!
                  • CocoThursday, January 17, 2019 at 9:13 am
                    Happy birthday Bei Bei “precious treasure”
                    • ReeseThursday, January 17, 2019 at 8:03 am
                      AWW that was so cute! Its so hard to think animals can act just like humans in that way! its amazing to me!

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