Giant pandas Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji eat mom's 23rd birthday cake together.

Xiao Qi Ji's First Birthday Celebration

Aug. 16, 2021 to Aug. 22, 2021
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Xiao Qi Ji's First Birthday Celebration

The Smithsonian's National Zoo's giant panda cub is turning 1 year old! The celebration begins Aug. 16 and lasts a whole week, culminating in a special ice cake breakfast broadcast LIVE on the Giant Panda Cam.

From wriggly cub, to wobbly first steps, to playtime tumbles, to tree climbs (and falls), Xiao Qi Ji's first year brought much-needed moments of joy to millions worldwide. Take a look back at Xiao Qi Ji’s top 12 milestones that left people around the world in awe and "aww."

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