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Aug 23, 2014 9:57 PM by Associated Press

National Zoo celebrating panda's first birthday

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Zoo in Washington is throwing a panda party.

Today is the first birthday of panda cub Bao Bao. She's getting a cake made from frozen fruit juice and other treats like pears and apples to celebrate.

The cub is only the second panda born at the zoo to survive to her first birthday.

Bao Bao's only sibling, brother Tai Shan, was born in 2005 and returned to China in 2010.

Panda keeper Nicole MacCorkle says Bao Bao has been a different baby from her brother. Among other things, she's a little more stand-offish with keepers.

In the past year she has grown from a wriggling pink newborn a little bigger than a stick of butter to a 44-pound black-and-white bundle whose favorite activity is sleeping in a tree.

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