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Panda Cub Bao Bao Makes Public Debut At National Zoo On Saturday

Bao Bao is a veritable Internet celebrity both in D.C. and across the country.
Courtney Janney, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Bao Bao is a veritable Internet celebrity both in D.C. and across the country.

Panda fans are in for a treat this weekend, as giant panda cub Bao Bao is poised to make her public debut.

The National Zoo's panda house will have extended hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It's the first opportunity for the general public to see the five-month-old cub, which was born to Mei Xiang in late August of last year.

Friends of the National Zoo have early access to the celebrity panda this week, as well as special viewing hours from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m next week.

Of course, just because Bao Bao has hordes of fans doesn't mean that she will be putting on a show. Zoo officials caution that the cub and her mother may choose to spend time out of sight in their den.

Because of a high volume, the zoo will be enforcing one-way traffic in the Asia Trail exhibit. Panda fans will have to enter near the sloth bear exhibit next to the Connecticut Ave. entrance.

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