National Zoo celebrates 125th birthday

Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, nibbles on her mother Mei Xiang in their indoor habitat at the Smithsonian\'s National Zoo in January (AP)

WASHINGTON –The National Zoo is celebrating a big birthday Sunday.

It was 125 years ago, March 2, 1889, that President Grover Cleveland signed the bill establishing the zoo, which has become a major research center and tourist attraction for visitors all over the world.

“I’ve been coming here ever since I was a kid,” said George Mason University student Andrew Beichler, who noted his trip for class Saturday was the first time he’d been there without family.

“I was really surprised how easy it was. I had to bug my parents all the time as a kid like


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