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Baby panda makes outdoor debut in Washington D.C.'s National Zoo

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 01:03

April 1 - Visitors caught a glimpse of the baby giant panda Bao Bao as she ventured outside for the first time at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Baby giant panda Bao Bao explored her mother Mei Xiang's yard in her outdoor debut at the Washington D.C.'s National Zoo on Tuesday (April 1) The furry six-month old frolicked with her mother, strolled around the yard and even attempted to scale the walls. According to the National Zoo, keepers had "cub-proofed" the yard in anticipation of Bao Bao's debut. Tree limbs were trimmed and bales of hay were placed around the grotto for her safety. Bao Bao, whose name means "precious" or "treasure," has been a star since her birth on August 23 was broadcast live on the zoo's panda cam. Giant pandas are among the world's most endangered species, in part because it is difficult for them to breed in the wild, let alone in captivity, according to scientists. There are only about 1,600 pandas known to be living in the wild and some 300 in captivity, mostly in China. When Bao Bao turns 4, she will be moved to the China Conservation and Research Center in Wolong, China, for further monitoring, the zoo has said.

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Baby panda makes outdoor debut in Washington D.C.'s National Zoo

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 01:03