Bei Bei's public debut set for January

2015-11-17 20:28
Female giant panda named "Yuan Yuan" holds her female cub at the Taipei Zoo in Taipei, Taiwan. (Taipei Zoo, AP)

Female giant panda named "Yuan Yuan" holds her female cub at the Taipei Zoo in Taipei, Taiwan. (Taipei Zoo, AP)

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Washington - Nearly three months after the birth of its panda cub, The National Zoo says Bei Bei will make his public début January 16.

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

Bei Bei was born on August 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 August 22 died soon after birth.

The couple's first surviving offspring, Tai Shan, lives in China.

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