TIMELINE: Happy 1st birthday, Bao Bao!

A look at the first year of life for the Smithsonian National Zoo's giant panda cub Bao Bao.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Bao Bao, the Smithsonian National Zoo's giant panda cub, celebrates her first birthday on August 23, 2014. Take a look back at the major milestones in her life through photos and video below.*


Pandamonium over baby panda

August 15

"Cub watch" officially begins at the National Zoo's David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat. The panda team has been monitoring Mei Xiang with cameras since August 7.

August 23

Mei Xiang gives birth at 5:32 p.m. She immediately picks up the cub. Another cub would be delivered the next day, but it is stillborn.

August 25

Zoo officials say the panda cub is healthy and weighs about 4.8 ounces according to its first neonatal exam. (Courtney Janney, NZP)

August 29

The zoo releases video of the panda cub making sounds in den (http://youtu.be/MVK3XZBajLw)

September 3

The panda cam shows the cub within a normal size for his or her age. Zoo releases a close-up of the cub from Flickr user spiderxcat

September 4

Zoo officials announce that the cub is a female and that Tian Tian is her father. The cub's stillborn fraternal twin was also a female.

September 16

The panda cub gets a clean bill of health in her vet exam. The cub, who now has the signature black markings, weighs a little less than two pounds and measures 10.6 inches long from nose to tail. She is 9.8 inches wide around her belly. Her eyes remain closed.

September 26

Panda team measures the cub at 3.07 pounds, 11.4 inches around her belly and more than 14 inches long. The team notes that she's very active and trying to support her own weight.

October 4

The panda cub's eyes start to open.

October 11

Both of the cub's eyes are partially opened and her ears are fully open.

October 17

Zoo officials report that the panda cub weighs five pounds.

October 23

The panda cub weighs more than 6 pounds, measures 19 inches long and 16.5 inches around her belly. She has started crawling.

October 29

The cub now weighs more than 7 pounds, and is 23 inches long. Her eyes are almost fully open.

November 3

The panda cub gets her first look outside the den when Mei Xiang brings her into the larger indoor exhibit area for a few seconds.

November 5

The zoo announces that fans can vote online for the name of the panda cub. Among the choices: Bao Bao, Ling Hua, Long Yun, Mulan and Zhen Bao. The winning name will be revealed when the cub is 100 days old because it is tradition in China to celebrate when a baby turns 100 days old. A ceremony will be held December 1.

November 8

The cub weighs more than 8 pounds and is scooting and crawling around the den. Keepers say they are starting to see the ridges where her teeth will come up.

November 19

The panda cub starts to take her first steps (http://youtu.be/0bbdk0XfHJk) She also now weighs more than 10 pounds.

November 22

The panda cub weighs 10.8 pounds.

December 1

The cub's name is revealed during the naming ceremony: Bao Bao. The Mandarin Chinese name means "treasure" or "precious" in English.

December 6

Bao Bao weighs in at 12.76 pounds. Her mother is taking her out into the larger enclosure more often and Bao Bao is learning how to walk.

December 16

Bao Bao spends her first full day outside of the den. She now weighs 13.2 pounds and her teeth are coming in.

December 20

Bao Bao climbs rocks in the large enclosure all by herself. She also gets her first taste of juice.


Bao Bao grows up in the public eye

January 6

The zoo announces that the public will be able to see Bao Bao on January 18. Friends of the National Zoo members will be able to see her from January 11 to January 17.

January 15

The zoo announces that 30 people who follow @Smithsonian Zoo on Instagram will be chosen to get early access to the panda house see Bao Bao on Feb. 1. They will be able to take photos and ask questions.

January 31

Zoo keepers announce training goals for Bao Bao. "At first our training goals will be simple, like shifting when called, and climbing onto the scale to be weighed (which she seems to have already mastered, at least with the small cub scale!) We are beginning to work on things like target training, which will lead into more advanced husbandry behaviors," say keepers in their blog.

February 13

Bao Bao weighs more than 30 pounds now, thanks in large part to Mei Xiang's milk. She also has started eating sweet potato and bamboo.

April 1

Bao Bao makes first trip outside with Mei Xiang, staying close to her mom. She did some climbing before going back inside and sleeping.

Later in the month, zoo keepers will report that she's climbing trees a lot and enjoying mini fruitsicles.

July 14

Zookeepers report that Bao Bao is having regular training sessions. She also recognizes her name even though she doesn't respond all the time. They also say one of her favorite activities is sleeping high in one of the trees.

July 23

The National Zoo asks people to celebrate Bao Bao's upcoming birthday on Twitter with a message using #BaoBaoBday.

August 11

The zoo urges people to vote for Bao Bao in the Smithsonian Institute Showdown (#SIShowdown on Twitter) for the "most iconic" at the Smithsonian museums and facilities.

August 19

Bao Bao emerges victorious in the #SIShowdown, beating out the Star Spangled Banner flag, the Landsdown portrait or George Washington and others.

August 23

Bao Bao celebrates her first birthday at the National Zoo. Happy #BaoBaoBday!

*Facts compiled from WUSA9 news reports and Smithsonian National Zoological Park panda blog: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/giantpandas/


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