Baby Panda Is Named Bei Bei; World Reacts

Michelle Obama and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan surprised panda fans Friday by naming the National Zoo’s new panda cub Bei Bei.

The baby is named Bei Bei???

The news has already begun to cross-breed with other big news items on Friday:

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously the news editor and lead media reporter for the Poynter Institute, arts editor for the now completely vanished TBD.com, and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.