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Bao Bao the panda makes her debut at National Zoo

Sunday - 1/19/2014, 7:49am  ET

Bao Bao the panda cub, held by a zoo worker, makes her first public appearance at the National Zoo on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (WTOP/Jamie Forzato)
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Hundreds line up to see Bao Bao

WTOP's Jamie Forzato reports


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bao Bao the panda cub is ready for her public.

The National Zoo in Washington has extended its hours this weekend for the giant panda house as Bao Bao (bow bow) makes her public debut. Saturday was the first chance for the public to see the 5-month-old cub.

The zoo says the panda house will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Visitors are allowed into the building in small groups to avoid overcrowding.

The zoo says the amount of time Bao Bao and panda mother Mei Xiang (may-shong) will be on exhibit each day depends on their behavior. They will have access to their private den, if they choose.

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