National Zoo Panda Cub Makes Her Adorable Media Debut

Four-month-old Bao Bao met the press Monday and spoiler alert: it was really cute.

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The general public won’t get the chance to meet Bao Bao — the National Zoo’s 4-month-old giant panda cub — until Jan. 18. But on Monday, a few lucky members of the media got a chance to make her acquaintance and snap some photos. Born on Aug. 23, Bao Bao is still developing some basic motor skills, which meant she took some tumbles during her media session. Her name means “precious” in Chinese — which, after you view these photos of her, totally makes sense.

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mikekelly
mikekelly

Obama already is trying to sign this bear into Obamacare to raise the count of young signees!

We have a fool for president.

maysa
maysa

Bao Bao is a girl!  duh!


Winky
Winky

@maysa You would think they could have gotten that right!  (and her handlers should have "groomed" her a little for her debut photo shoot)  She is still the cutest little bear, even with the bamboo in her fur!