Bei Bei eating his panda-friendly specially made cake by the Zoo’s Department of Nutrition Sciences. Photo: Roshan Patel/Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Giant Panda Bei Bei Celebrates His Fourth Birthday at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

News Release, Smithsonian National Zoo

Bei Bei (BAY-BAY) turned 4 years old today, Aug. 22. The Department of Nutrition Science at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo made him a panda-friendly frozen cake as a birthday treat.

Keepers placed the cake made of his favorite foods, including diluted apple and grape juice, leaf-eater biscuits, applesauce, apples, pears, bananas, carrots, cooked sweet potatoes, and sugar cane, in his yard at 9 a.m.

Bei Bei was born at the Zoo but will move to China now that he is 4 years old as stipulated in the Zoo’s giant panda breeding agreement. The preparations for his move are well underway and include working with other federal agencies, researching travel logistics, coordinating with colleagues in China and preparing Bei Bei for the move.

A date for his move has not been finalized, but it will occur in the coming months.

David M. Higgins II

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in Digital Marketing, eventually leading him back to his passion. David started The Southern Maryland Chronicle in December 2017 and has grown it to become the #1 news source in Southern Maryland.

David M. Higgins II has 11190 posts and counting. See all posts by David M. Higgins II