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Giant Panda Bei Bei Celebrates His Third Birthday

  • Bei Bei turns three years old.
    Giant panda Bei Bei celebrates his birthday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo with a cake. Photo Credit: Roshan Patel/Smithsonian's National Zoo
  • Giant panda Bei Bei turns three.
    Giant panda Bei Bei celebrates his birthday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo with a cake. Photo Credit: Roshan Patel/Smithsonian's National Zoo
  • Bei Bei celebrates his birthday with a special cake at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
    Giant panda Bei Bei celebrates his birthday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo with a cake. Photo Credit: Corryn Wetzel/Smithsonian's National Zoo

Bei Bei turned 3 years old today! In celebration of his big day, Bei Bei enjoyed an ice-cake, participated in an enrichment painting session and received a new panda-friendly toy.

His cake was specially made by the Zoo’s department of nutrition sciences and included all of his favorite foods. The tiers were made of diluted apple, cranberry and grape juice with leaf-eater biscuit puree. It was decorated and filled with apples, pears, bananas, shredded carrots and cooked sweet potatoes. The number 3 that topped the cake was made of diluted apple juice with a leaf-eater biscuit puree center.
 

Now weighing in at almost 215 pounds, Bei Bei has been taking full advantage of his summer—splashing around in his big green tub, and napping in trees and on his new hammock.

Tian Tian is the next giant panda to celebrate a birthday. He turns 21 on Monday, Aug. 27 and will also receive a special cake at 11 a.m.