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Happy Birthday, Bei Bei! Beloved Panda at National Zoo Turns 4

The panda cub's fourth birthday marks his final days in D.C. as the zoo prepares to return him to his native China

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    Bei Bei, the National Zoo's Youngest Giant Panda, Turns 4

    Bei Bei enjoyed a panda-friendly birthday cake and visitors from around the country to celebrate his fourth birthday Thursday. But it's a bittersweet milestone, because the National Zoo favorite will have to head back to China in the near future to find a mate, per a breeding arrangement. O News4's Megan McGrath reports. (Published Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019)

    Bei Bei’s birthday will be a bittersweet one.

    The giant panda cub was born to mom Mei Xiang and dad Tian Tian at the Washington National Zoological Park on Aug. 22, 2015.

    To celebrate the big day, Bei Bei will get to munch on a frozen birthday cake created just for him by the Zoo’s Department of Nutrition Science, the zoo’s website says.

    The fan favorite’s fourth birthday marks his final days in D.C. as the zoo prepares to return him to his native China.

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    DC's latest addition, Bei Bei, to the Smithsonian National Zoo got his first taste with climbing in a tree on Monday.
    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016)

    Any cubs born to Mei Xiang and Tian Tian belong to China and must be sent back at age 4 to be part of the breeding program there, according to the zoo’s arrangement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association.

    Bei Bei’s older sister, Bao Bao, moved to China in 2017.

    Bei Bei’s moving date is not yet official, the zoo’s website says, but guests will have plenty of time to visit him before he departs in the coming months.

    As of Monday morning, the Giant Panda House is closed to give possibly-pregnant Mei Xiang some peace and quiet, but you can still see Bei Bei and Tian Tian outside.

    Bei Bei the Giant Panda Breaks Tree Branch, Takes a SpillBei Bei the Giant Panda Breaks Tree Branch, Takes a Spill

    Bei Bei the giant panda was captured playing on a tree branch and tumbling to the ground at Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Don't worry, Bei Bei is just fine.

    (Published Thursday, May 10, 2018)