Public takes the first glimpse at giant panda cub, Bei Bei
Updated: 2016-01-17 03:20
By HUA SHENGDUN in Washington(China Daily USA)
Giant panda cub Bei Bei sleeps at National Zoological Park in Washington DC, the United States, Jan 16, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]
As Po, the animated giant panda in Kong Fu Panda hits the news headlines and captivates eyes in the US, so does the real giant panda, Bei Bei who just makes his first public debut on January 16 at Smithsonian's National Zoological Park in Washington.
"All she has wants to do is see the panda since she watched Kong Fu Panda," John Smith, a professor at Georgetown University, said. He was with his six-year-old daughter waiting outside until the panda house is open.
A long queue was formed in front of the panda house in the early morning, many of whom were children accompanied by their parents. At the entrance of the trail to the panda house, staff handed out red panda bump stickers.
Close to the queue, there is a panda store where people wear panda costumes and buy panda souvenirs. "Thanks to Bei Bei, we have got a lot more visitors today," the cashier at the store said.
Born on August 22 last year, Bei Bei has been the third child of his mother, Mei Xiang and father Tian Tian.
Bei Bei's weight has reached 25 pounds and started to nibble on bamboo. But he is still fed by his mother's milk, Marty Earie, a zoologist at the National Zoo, said. He has been taking care of Bei Bei since he was born.