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AP Photos: Panda cub Bao Bao growing as expected

AP Photos: National Zoo panda cub Bao Bao healthy, on track for growth ahead of public debut

Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, has her right forefoot measured at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, Tuesday, Jan....
Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, is carried by animal keeper Marty Dearie after she was weighed and measured at the Smithsonian...
Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, looks at a plastic ball as she trains with animal keepers inside her habitat at the Smithsonia...
Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, is carried by biologist Laurie Thompson, past photographs of her parents before being weighed ...
Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, trains with an animal keeper at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 7,...
Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub crawls in her indoor habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 7, ...
Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, trains with biologist Laurie Thompson at an indoor habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo i...
Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, nibbles on her mother Mei Xiang in their indoor habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in W...

National Zoo Panda

Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, has her right forefoot measured at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, Tuesday, Jan....

National Zoo Panda

Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, is carried by animal keeper Marty Dearie after she was weighed and measured at the Smithsonian...

National Zoo Panda

Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, looks at a plastic ball as she trains with animal keepers inside her habitat at the Smithsonia...

National Zoo Panda

Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, is carried by biologist Laurie Thompson, past photographs of her parents before being weighed ...

National Zoo Panda

Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, trains with an animal keeper at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 7,...

National Zoo Panda

Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub crawls in her indoor habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 7, ...

National Zoo Panda

Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, trains with biologist Laurie Thompson at an indoor habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo i...

National Zoo Panda

Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, nibbles on her mother Mei Xiang in their indoor habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in W...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Zoo says panda cub Bao Bao is growing just as she should be.

The Associated Press got an up-close look Tuesday at the nearly 5-month-old cub born in Washington. Bao Bao weighs about 17.4 pounds (7.9 kilograms) and measures 52 centimeters from head to tail. She is wider in the middle at 63 centimeters around her belly. All normal, according to panda statistics.

Animal keepers have been preparing Bao Bao for a crowd of fans expected for her public debut later this month. While she still sleeps about half the day, the cub has become more active. She spends time crawling, climbing rocks and following her mother, Mei Xiang. Curators say she has an easygoing temperament.

Bao Bao will make her public debut Jan. 18.


Updated : 2021-04-11 06:16 GMT+08:00