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Wolverine Got to See the Baby Panda and You Didn’t

The “X-Men” star got special treatment from the National Zoo.

For the general population, it won’t be until January when we get a real-life glimpse at the National Zoo’s giant panda cub Bao Bao. But if you’re as famous as, say, a brooding superhero with retractable adamantium claws, then you can see the cub right now.

The actor Hugh Jackman, best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men movies, got to press his face against the glass of the enclosure where four-month-old Bao Bao and her mother, Mei Xiang, are currently being kept away from public view. Jackman was in DC yesterday to host the annual Christmas in Washington television special, and stopped by the zoo with his family. Jackman gloatingly uploaded a few photos of himself in front of Mei Xiang and Bao Bao.

That’s how the zoo rolls, apparently. Wolverine gets to see the panda, while the rest of us schlubs are stuck with the panda cam for another month.

  • CJ

    I have no issue whatsoever w/ Mr. Jackman, but I do take issue with the fact that the Zoo seems to have enough resources and staff to look after a celebrity just as they are crying poverty and understaffing as the 'reason' why its animals are dropping dead and escaping. Heads need to roll at the National Zoo and soon. http://politicalticker.blogs.c...

  • Sue Bueti

    Nice job disrespecting one of the nicest celebrities there is. Mr. Jackman is known to be patient and respectful of his fans. So he likes to share pictures of himself from his travels with his fans who are not as blessed as he is to be able to see the world. Last week he posted photos from the Columbus Zoo, in Ohio, and nobody said he was gloating. I don't know the circumstances behind this visit, and neither do you.

  • Jealous much? When you are talented and generous enough to headline a show that raises necessary funds for a children's hospital (not to mention the many other charities he supports), I'm sure you will get to see a panda early as well.

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