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Unbearable wait to meet DC panda cub almost over, with Bei Bei's public debut set for Jan. 16


WASHINGTON — Nearly three months after the birth of its panda cub, The National Zoo says Bei Bei will make his public debut Jan. 16.

The zoo made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter. The zoo says members will be able to get an early glimpse of the cub, starting Jan. 8.

Bei Bei was born Aug. 22, and the zoo announced earlier this month that he had taken his first steps.

The cub is the third surviving offspring for parents Tian Tian and Mei Xiang, who also live at the zoo along with their second cub, Bao Bao, who was born in 2013. Another cub that was also born Aug. 22 died soon after birth. The couple's first surviving offspring, Tai Shan, lives in China.

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