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The Cute Animal Friends Who Could Have Livened Up Bei Bei’s Birthday Party

Because let's face it, he seemed a little over the whole frozen fruit popsicle-thing.
The Cute Animal Friends Who Could Have Livened Up Bei Bei’s Birthday Party
Photo Credit: Skip Brown, Smithsonian's National Zoo

Bei Bei’s panda birthday party this year was a little bit of a bust, even despite the fact the zoo ran a “dress rehearsal” for his big day. The 1-year-old cub celebrated his birthday this past Saturday by sprawling out in his indoor pen and snoozing, while his mom Mei Xang took care of his frozen fruit “cake” of sweet potatoes and apples lodged in ice, and hundreds of loyal Bei Bei enthusiasts waited it out in the summer heat. He did make a brief, early-morning appearance to lick the honey off of some bamboo bannisters his mom had knocked down. Then he took a brief lounge in the tall brush before returning to his den.

What would liven up his panda party next year? Why not invite some of his neighbors born in the last few years at Smithsonian’s National Zoo? After all, Bei Bei and Bao Bao aren’t the institution’s only adorable furry faces. Here are a few cuties we would invite to keep next year’s party hoppin’.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo Credit: Janice Sveda, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Clouded Leopard cubs Mingma and Kali, born February 2013.

Sea Lion Panda Party
Photo Credit: Janice Sveda, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

This Sea Lion pup, born June 2016.

Panda party animal friends
Photo Credit: Connor Mallon, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Andean Bear cubs Chaska and Bernardo, born November 2014.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo Credit: Chris Crowe

This Kiwi chick, hatched May 2016.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo Credit: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

This fluffhead of a Cheetah cub, born November 2013.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo Credit: Jen Zoon, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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Charlotte the Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine, born October 2015.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo Credit: Gil Myers, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

This young Dama Gazelle, born September 2012.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo Credit: Janice Sveda

These two Maned Wolf pups, born April 2013.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo: Clyde Nishimura, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

This Short-Eared Shrew, born May of 2014.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo: Connor Mallon, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

The two Sumatran Tiger cubs Bandar and Sukacita, born August 2013.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo Credit: Connor Mallon, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Gray Seal pup, born January 2014.

Elds Deer Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo Credit: Dolores Reed, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The two endangered Elds Deer fauns, born in September 2015.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo: Connor Mallon, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Hank the Sloth Bear, born September 2012.

Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo Credit: Photo: Lisa Ware, SCBI

This rare (extinct in the wild) Scimitar-Horned Oryx, born May 2014.

Panda party animal friends
Photo Credit: Janice Sveda, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

All seven of the adorable Red Panda cubs, born in a cluster of four different births between May and June 2014.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo: Karen Abbott/Smithsonian’s National Zoo

The two cute African Lion cub sisters Eva and Desta, born in January 2014.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo Credit: Rachael Rufino, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

This googley-eyed gaggle of Red-Ruffled Lemurs, born April 2016.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo credit: Doloros Reed, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Przewalski’s Horses Anne, and her young filly, born July 2013.

Panda Party Animal Friends National Zoo
Photo Credit: Courtney Janney, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

This Fishing Kitten, born May 2012.

 

 


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