National Zoo's Adorable Giant Panda Bei Bei Turns Three!


Bei Bei turns three! (Photo Credit: Roshan Patel/Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s charismatic giant panda Bei Bei, who has won over millions of hearts with his playful behavior and bold personality, turned three on August 22, 2018. To celebrate the occasion, the Zoo’s youngest panda bear was treated to a special enrichment painting session, gifted a new toy, and, best of all, given a massive ice cake, complete with the number 3, to feast on all by himself!

Bei Bei enjoys his new hammock (Photo Credit: Smithsonian’s National Zoo – You Tube screen capture)

Made by the Zoo’s department of nutrition sciences, the delicious cake contained all of Bei Bei’s favorite foods. Its two tiers were crafted from a blend of diluted apple, cranberry, and grape juice and leaf-eater biscuit puree. The treat was filled and decorated with apples, pears, bananas, shredded carrots, cooked sweet potatoes, and sugarcane stalks. Even the giant decorative number three, made using diluted apple juice and leaf-eater biscuit puree, was entirely edible! Judging from the video, Bei Bei sure enjoyed his special day.

Bei Bei (Photo Credit: Smithsonian’s National Zoo via Facebook)

Unfortunately, Bei Bei’s fans will only get to enjoy one more birthday with the adorable panda, whose name means “precious treasure,” in Mandarin. That’s because once he turns four, just like his older siblings, Bao Bao and Tai Shaun, Bei Bei will be sent to the giant panda breeding program at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in China's Sichuan Province. Hopefully, Bei Bei will be able to add to the dwindling giant panda population by producing an offspring or two.


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  • peachy_pup10
    peachy_pup10Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 5:38 pm
    Omg! I watched the video of the panda Bei Bei eat the cake and it was so adorable! Happy Birthday Bei Bei!
    • kitstrawberry
      kitstrawberryThursday, October 15, 2020 at 9:32 am
      peachy_pup10 Yeah, Bei Bei is so cute when he eats the cake like I am dying over here by cuteness overwhelm!
    • jcbear
      jcbearThursday, October 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm
      So cute!!!
      • baileebear2010
        baileebear2010Monday, September 14, 2020 at 12:09 pm
        I think i saw donuts lol
        • wolfieland
          wolfielandWednesday, August 12, 2020 at 8:29 am
          so cuteeeeee i bet the cake is bamboo flavored but it would be a little hard tho...
          • ceebee
            ceebeeWednesday, July 29, 2020 at 1:00 am
            He's so cute!<333
            • tatercandy
              tatercandyFriday, July 24, 2020 at 7:39 pm
              I wonder what Bei Bei cake is made of, flavored ice?
              • blacklives
                blacklivesSaturday, June 27, 2020 at 10:11 pm
                Happy belated birthday Bei Bei😍I wish you the best wishes a genie could ever give😍🖤🖤
                • lotterywinner32
                  lotterywinner32Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 9:23 am
                  Happy birthday bei bei!😍🐼
                  • wolfiegamer3
                    wolfiegamer3Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 6:40 am
                    So So So So CUTE I want to see it in person 😍🐼
                    • tiktok4life
                      tiktok4lifeWednesday, May 13, 2020 at 7:21 am
                      i love pandas and they have been one of my favorite animals since forever (follow me and i will follow you back)