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Bao Bao the panda cub makes press debut

Giant panda bear cub Bao Bao moves around inside the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park January 6, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Born August 23, 2013, and weighing nearly 17 pounds (7.7 kilograms), Bao Bao will make her public debut at the zoo on January 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Adorable panda cub at Smithsonian's National Zoo makes media debut

January 7, 2014

Bao Bao, the giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, is getting used to seeing fans outside her panda house enclosure as she prepares for her public debut this month.

Bao Bao (pronounced 'bow-bow') had a tryout Monday in front of the media. After waking up in her exhibit around 8 a.m., she spent the morning crawling, climbing, following mother Mei Xiang (pronounced 'may-shong') and poking her head over rocks to a chorus of camera clicks.

Bao Bao will make her public debut Jan. 18. (AP)