Celebrating 50 Years of Giant Pandas at the Smithsonian National Zoo

Pandas devour ice cake to celebrate 50 years. Photo by Jie Liu

WASHINGTON - 50 years ago, pandas took up residence in Washington, and they have become some of its most beloved neighbors.

On Saturday, Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and their baby Xiao Qi Ji (which means "little miracle") enjoyed a fruit-and-ice cake for their "Panda-versary."

"They're absolutely stunning, I didn't realize how actually big they were, it's awesome," said Curtis Johnson III of Springfield, VA, who brought his 3-year-old son Caleb to see them. "It's his first time at the zoo so he's in awe really right now."

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