Giant panda cub Bei Bei learns to walk in Washington zoo

The Smithsonian National Zoo’s four-month-old giant panda Bei Bei is learning to walk.

The rare panda cub, now weighing 17.5 pounds, was born in August and has become the Washington zoo’s latest star.

He is the son of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, female and male giant pandas on loan to the zoo from China.

The cub was named by Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan and her U.S. counterpart Michelle Obama during a state visit in September, with the two Chinese characters Bei Bei meaning “precious treasure”.

He will go on public exhibit for the first time on Jan. 16, 2016.

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