Bei Bei, the Smithsonian's baby panda, takes his first steps

Bei Bei the panda takes first baby steps
Bei Bei the panda takes first baby steps

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  • The zoo wrote in its YouTube post of the footage, "One small step for panda ... one adorably wobbly moment for all of us"
  • The panda baby has been a source of public fascination since his name was revealed back in September

Washington (CNN)Bei Bei, the National Zoo's giant panda cub whose name means "precious treasure," took his first steps this week.

In a video released Wednesday by Smithsonian's National Zoo, mother Mei Xiang (whose name means "beautiful fragrance") watches her baby boy take his first strides before scooping him up in a bear hug.
The bond between mother and baby has proven strong through the loss of Bei Bei's twin shortly after birth, in late August. Bei Bei's father Tian Tian is a 264-pound male whose name means "more and more."
    The zoo wrote in its YouTube post of the footage, "One small step for panda ... one adorably wobbly moment for all of us."
    The panda baby has been a source of public fascination since his name was revealed back in September with the help of First Lady Michelle Obama and Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan.