Smithsonian's giant panda cub Bao Bao celebrates 2nd birthday

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Bao Bao the Panda Celebrates Her First Birthday


Bao Bao is now two years old!

The giant panda cub, who currently lives at the National Zoo in Washington D.C., is kick-starting her big birthday bash.

The cub is very special -- and it's not just because Michelle Obama sent a special video message to her when she was first born. Bao Bao is one of only several hundred giant pandas alive today in captivity. There are less than 2,000 total worldwide. Although she's currently living in the United States, when she turns 4, Bao Bao will be sent back to live in China, her native country.

For her huge first birthday, the adorable cub was given a giant cake made of frozen fruits and veggies, while hundreds of museum-goers lined up to get a glimpse of the cub on her big day.

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Smithsonian's giant panda cub Bao Bao celebrates 2nd birthday
Panda cub Bao Bao tastes her birthday cake at the National Zoo in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Bao Bao's first birthday was celebrated at the zoo with a traditional 'Zhuazhou' ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolizing long life to mark the event. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Panda cub Bao Bao hangs from a tree in her habitat at the National Zoo in Washington on her first birthday, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. The National Zoo is celebrating with a traditional 'Zhuazhou' ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolizing long life. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Panda cub Bao Bao is all over her birthday cake at the National Zoo in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Today marks her first birthday and the the zoo celebrated with a traditional 'Zhuazhou' ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolizing long life. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Panda cub Bao Bao hangs from a tree in her habitat at the National Zoo in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Saturday marked her first birthday and the the zoo held an event with a traditional 'Zhuazhou' ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolizing long life to mark the event. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Panda cub Bao Bao licks her birthday cake at the National Zoo in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Bao Bao's first birthday was celebrated at the zoo with a traditional 'Zhuazhou' ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolizing long life. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Bao Bao sits under the fertility' poster while her mother Mei Xiang eats during a Zhuazhou birthday ceremony on her first birthday celebration at the National Zoo on August 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. During the Zhuazhou ceremony, a baby picks an symbolic object which will supposedly foretell her future. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Mei Xiang munches on a snack during her baby Bao Bao's (L) Zhuazhou first birthday ceremony at the National Zoo on August 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. During the Zhuazhou ceremony, a baby picks a symbolic object which will supposedly foretell the future. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Panda cub Bao Bao hangs from a tree in her habitat at the National Zoo in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Today marks her first birthday and the the zoo is marking the event with a traditional 'Zhuazhou' ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolizing long life to mark the event. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Bao Bao sits under the longevity poster during a Zhuazhou birthday ceremony on her first birthday celebration at the National Zoo on August 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. During the Zhuazhou ceremony, a baby picks a symbolic object which will supposedly foretell the future. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bao Bao sits under the longevity poster during a Zhuazhou birthday ceremony on her first birthday celebration at the National Zoo on August 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. During the Zhuazhou ceremony, a baby picks an symbolic object which will supposedly foretell the future. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bao Bao lies under a fertility' sign during a Zhuazhou birthday ceremony on her first birthday celebration at the National Zoo on August 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. During the Zhuazhou ceremony, a baby picks a symbolic object which will supposedly foretell her future. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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In preparation of the celebration, Bao Bao has been "tweeting" her excitement. Claiming:


You read that right! The cute cub may be getting a new brother or sister. Currently her mom, Mei Xiang, has been put on pregnancy watch and is showing typical signs that could mean she's expecting. Of course, Mei Xiang could just be in it for the air conditioning and extra food -- hey, we don't blame her.



Sure, the cute creature won't have a grand party like last year, but one thing remains the same: the giant frozen treat.



The more food, the merrier. Right?

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