The youngest of the National Zoo’s giant pandas, Xiao Qi Ji (SHIAU-chi-ji), turned three today, and to celebrate, he was given a specially made frozen fruit cake, as is the zoo’s tradition.
According to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, this will be Xiao Qi Ji’s last birthday in DC. He and mother Mei Xiang (MAY-shong), who is 25, and father Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN), who will get his own birthday party when he turns 26 on Sunday, August 27 (he’ll get his cake at 9 AM)—will leave the zoo by December. The zoo is planning a big Panda Palooza farewell September 23 through October 1; details will be announced next month.
Here are more photos of Xiao Qi Ji from today.