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Giant panda cub takes his first steps at National Zoo

By Ben Hooper
Bei Bei the giant panda takes his first wobbly steps while proud mother Mei Xiang watches. Screenshot: Source/Storyful
Bei Bei the giant panda takes his first wobbly steps while proud mother Mei Xiang watches. Screenshot: Source/Storyful

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington shared video of giant panda cub Bei Bei taking his first steps under the watchful eye of his mother.

The video, posted to YouTube, shows squealing cub Bei Bei standing on all four legs Monday and taking his first steps at the feet of his mother, Mei Xiang.

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"Now that he's got all four paws under him, Bei Bei will begin to wander around and leave the den on his own to explore the indoor enclosure," the zoo wrote in the video's description.

Bei Bei was born at the zoo Aug. 22 alongside a twin sibling, which died only a few days after birth.

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