On Saturday, August 23rd over 300 people lined up outside of Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. They are all lined up for America's favorite panda cub Bao Bao! What makes this day so special? Bao Bao's parents were given to the zoo as a present from the Chinese government, sadly they perished in within a few days and so people celebrate Bao Bao's birthday because he is healthy and he will live a long life. The zookeepers gave Bao Bao the "Long Life" bamboo. The zookeepers also made a tiered cake. The cake was made of diluted apple juice and was dyed with various shades of pink. Flower appliques carved from carrots and sweet potatoes made the big number 1 on the cake.
When Bao Bao turns five he will go to the special giant panda breeding program at the Wolong Nature Reserve in China's Sichuan Province. Giant pandas only survive in the wild for about 15 years. They live up to the age of 20 in captivity. People are trying to save these cuddly animals because there are only about 2,000 left in the world