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.

Resources: nationalzoo.si.edu.

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1759 Comments
  • fdklrtbrnbortin
    fdklrtbrnbortinMonday, December 28, 2020 at 4:22 pm
    so cute!
    • dudebot
      dudebotTuesday, December 8, 2020 at 4:12 pm
      Animals look so cute when eating😍.
      • bunnies_813
        bunnies_813Monday, December 7, 2020 at 10:54 am
        Awwww! Im so sad he has to leave! Happy 3rd Birthday Bei Bei!!!!!!
        • nugget_master20
          nugget_master20Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 10:37 am
          Happy birthday bei bei! I wish I could have a whole cake.
          • tulibagi-160064716087
            tulibagi-160064716087Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 8:39 am
            Happy third birthday bei bei!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • tulibagi-160064716087
              tulibagi-160064716087Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 8:19 am
              Thats a big cake , happy birthday Bei Bei!!
              • dragonhearted
                dragonheartedTuesday, November 3, 2020 at 6:15 am
                Happy Birthday Bei Bei!
                • blueballoon
                  blueballoonThursday, October 22, 2020 at 4:44 pm
                  Omg so cute!!! Happy Birthday Bei Bei
                  • peachy_pup10
                    peachy_pup10Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 5:38 pm
                    Omg! I watched the video of the panda Bei Bei eat the cake and it was so adorable! Happy Birthday Bei Bei!
                    • kitstrawberry
                      kitstrawberryThursday, October 15, 2020 at 9:32 am
                      peachy_pup10 Yeah, Bei Bei is so cute when he eats the cake like I am dying over here by cuteness overwhelm!
                    • baileebear2010
                      baileebear2010Monday, September 14, 2020 at 12:09 pm
                      I think i saw donuts lol