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Panda cub Bao Bao steps out in public for the first time

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Panda cub Bao Bao made her public debut this weekend at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C.     

Visitors shouted with excitement when Bao Bao was brought out.

The cub walked around, laid down, and played with her ball in her indoor habitat.

Elyse Adams drove up from North Carolina with her son to see the panda's debut.

 "It's my son's birthday and that's what he wanted to do is come to D.C. to see the pandas,” said Adams.  “So we were very excited."

Bao Bao's name translates to "precious" or "treasure."  Before this weekend the public could only see her by watching the panda cam on the zoo's website.

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