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San Diego giant panda celebrates third birthday with cake

10:27am EDT - 01:06

Happy birthday to San Diego's celebrated giant panda Xiao Liwu, who turns three and enjoys a pirate-themed birthday party and an ice cake. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The San Diego Zoo's giant panda, Xiao Liwu, better known as "Mr. Wu" to his keepers and fans, celebrated his third birthday in big style on Saturday (August 1) with a spectacular pirate-themed party and a two-tier ice cake. Xiao Liwu (pronounced shyaoww-lee-woo) was all energy at his party. He got a brand-new swing and an orange and blue ice cake made of fruits, vegetables, colored ice and bamboo stalks which took weeks to make. Hundreds of guests watched as the easy-going bear opened gift after gift. The crowd's excitement grew as he finally made his way over to his cake and began devouring the slices of fruits and vegetables layering the top. As a special birthday gift, a new swing set was hung inside his exhibit. The swing was built by the zoo's panda exhibit, with all of the parts donated by fans.

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San Diego giant panda celebrates third birthday with cake

10:27am EDT - 01:06