Bao Bao touched a hot wire and spent lots of time up at tree

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D.C.’s favorite panda cub is fine but has been up in the tree for hours, the National Zoo said.


Some of 2014’s best animal photos

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Memorable photos from this year.

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China celebrates 9 panda cub siblings

Nine panda siblings made their first public appearance on Chinese television. The brothers and sisters were all born in 2014 at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Center.


Bao Bao turns 1

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Bao Bao, the National Zoo’s giant panda cub, marks her first birthday Saturday. When we first met Bao Bao (rhymes with bow-WOW), she wasn’t the black-and-white fuzzball we know today. Let’s take a look at her milestones and photo ops from the past year.

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As Bao Bao’s turns 1, panda fans flock to National Zoo to celebrate with her

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The National Zoo star climbed up her birthday cake King Kong-style as the crowds on a day of festivities.

A year in the adorable life of Bao Bao

The National Zoo’s panda cub turns one on Saturday.


Happy birthday, Bao Bao: Panda turns 1

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Bao Bao has become a superstar in the 12 months since her birth.


Rare panda triplets are born in China

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The unnamed cubs are fragile but healthy.

NYC congresswoman visits China, hopes to bring home pandas

While on a visit to China, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) plans to partake in some panda diplomacy for her constituents.


That time President Richard Nixon discussed panda sex

Before the arrival of the National Zoo's first giant pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, President Richard Nixon leaked the news to Crosby Noyes, foreign editor of The Washington Star. But before they could be shipped from China, there was just one problem.