It was a busy weekend for giant pandas at the National Zoo: Twins were born. But big sister Bao Bao took the cake, literally, as she turned two today.
Bao Bao, whose name means “precious treasure,” was born at 5:32 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2013. The second cub of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian has developed a kind of cult-like following: people watch her tackle her mom in the snow or eat fruitsicles or tumble down a hill.
For her birthday, Bao Bao enjoyed a traditional frozen fruitsicle cake with all of her favorite treats: honey, apple juice, carrots, beet juice and of course bamboo. For a special treat, zoo officials said keepers wrapped tiny treats inside cardboard boxes for her to unwrap — or enjoy.
Mei Xiang just gave birth to twins, so she couldn’t join in on the fun with her precious baby girl. But mom knows, just like everyone else, that Bao Bao is a rock star.
And no one puts Bao Bao in a corner.