New Life at the San Diego Zoo

Posted: Jan. 28th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Panda cub
ABC News

Today, Jan. 10 2013, the world famous San Diego Zoo received a special delivery as a giant five-month-old panda cub was finally allowed his public debut. The cub showed enough physical strength earlier this week as he began to explore and clime trees. The decision was made to unveil the cub today. 

Animal lovers at the San Diego Zoo in California got a special treat today as the giant panda cub Xiao Liwu made his public debut.

"We are very excited about our panda coming out on exhibit," zoo spokeswoman Christina Simmons told "We have tons of fans and there is a tremendous amount of excitement. I've worked with a lot of different animals and there is something uniquely cute about pandas. They have an adorable appearance that you don't necessarily see in other animals."

The 5-month-old bear cub was allowed to go outside by himself Wednesday, after he showed signs that he was strong enough by climbing on bamboo and exploring his habitat.

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