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See Bao Bao the panda celebrate first birthday

Bao Bao the panda enjoys fun-filled day of events — and treats — to celebrate her birthday at the National Zoo in Washington.
By Danielle Haynes   |   Aug. 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Bao Bao the panda celebrated her first birthday Saturday at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., with a frozen cake and lots of clumsy playing.

The adorable critter was treated to fruits and sweet potatoes frozen in ice in the shape of a "1," to the amusement of zoo guests as she climbed and played with the slippery treat.

Earlier in the morning, the zoo held a Zhuazhou, a traditional Chinese ceremony to celebrate a child's first birthday.

Bao Bao was also treated to three posters each painted with a different symbol — peaches for longevity, bamboo for good health and pomegranates for fertility.

The posters were placed in her habitat on honey-coated bamboo sticks. Which ever once she chose would be symbolic of her future. She chose long life.

The panda was a gift from China as a sign of good will and will eventually be returned home. There are less than 2,000 giant pandas alive today with 300 in zoos and parks.

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