Bei Bei makes a public debut while fast asleep

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Bei Bei Makes A Public Debut While Fast Asleep

It was time for a young giant panda at the National Zoo to meet the public. For the 5-month-old cub himself, it was time to take a nap.

Bei Bei's public debut on Saturday was a little sleepier than anticipated.

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In this photo taken Dec. 14, 2015, animal keeper Nicole MacCorkle holds Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, for members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington. The youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is ready for his close-up. Bei Bei will make his public debut on Jan. 16. During an audience with a small news media contingent Monday, he was so relaxed that he fell asleep and drooled on an examination table. At nearly 4 months old, Bei Bei weighs more than 17 pounds and is gaining about a pound a week. He's bigger than his older siblings were at the same age. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In this photo taken Dec. 14, 2015, animal keeper Stacey Tabellario holds Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, as he is presented to members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington. The youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is ready for his close-up. Bei Bei will make his public debut on Jan. 16. During an audience with a small news media contingent Monday, he was so relaxed that he fell asleep and drooled on an examination table. At nearly 4 months old, Bei Bei weighs more than 17 pounds and is gaining about a pound a week. He's bigger than his older siblings were at the same age. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In this photo taken Dec. 14, 2015, Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, is presented for members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington. The youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is ready for his close-up. Bei Bei will make his public debut on Jan. 16. During an audience with a small news media contingent Monday, he was so relaxed that he fell asleep and drooled on an examination table. At nearly 4 months old, Bei Bei weighs more than 17 pounds and is gaining about a pound a week. He's bigger than his older siblings were at the same age. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In this photo taken dec. 14, 2015, Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, is presented for members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington. The youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is ready for his close-up. Bei Bei will make his public debut on Jan. 16. During an audience with a small news media contingent Monday, he was so relaxed that he fell asleep and drooled on an examination table. At nearly 4 months old, Bei Bei weighs more than 17 pounds and is gaining about a pound a week. He's bigger than his older siblings were at the same age. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Animal keeper Stacey Tabellario holds Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, as he is presented to members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Bei Bei will be making his public debut on January 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, falls asleep while being presented for members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Bei Bei will be making his public debut on January 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In this photo taken Dec. 14, 2015, animal keeper Stacey Tabellario holds Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, as he is presented to members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington. The youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is ready for his close-up. Bei Bei will make his public debut on Jan. 16. During an audience with a small news media contingent Monday, he was so relaxed that he fell asleep and drooled on an examination table. At nearly 4 months old, Bei Bei weighs more than 17 pounds and is gaining about a pound a week. He's bigger than his older siblings were at the same age. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, is presented for members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Bei Bei will be making his public debut on January 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In this photo taken Dec. 14, 2015, animal keeper Nicole MacCorkle, left, and biologist Laurie Thompson, right, attempt to look at the teeth of Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, in front of members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington. The youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is ready for his close-up. Bei Bei will make his public debut on Jan. 16. During an audience with a small news media contingent Monday, he was so relaxed that he fell asleep and drooled on an examination table. At nearly 4 months old, Bei Bei weighs more than 17 pounds and is gaining about a pound a week. He's bigger than his older siblings were at the same age. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In this photo taken Dec. 14, 2015, Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, falls asleep while being presented for members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington. The youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is ready for his close-up. Bei Bei will make his public debut on Jan. 16. During an audience with a small news media contingent Monday, he was so relaxed that he fell asleep and drooled on an examination table. At nearly 4 months old, Bei Bei weighs more than 17 pounds and is gaining about a pound a week. He's bigger than his older siblings were at the same age. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Bei Bei, a Giant Panda cub born on August 22, 2015, makes his first media appearance at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC, December 16, 2015. Bei Bei will make his first public appearance on January 16, when the Giant Panda house reopens to the public.  (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo taken Dec. 14, 2015, Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, yawns while being presented for members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington. The youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is ready for his close-up. Bei Bei will make his public debut on Jan. 16. During an audience with a small news media contingent Monday, he was so relaxed that he fell asleep and drooled on an examination table. At nearly 4 months old, Bei Bei weighs more than 17 pounds and is gaining about a pound a week. He's bigger than his older siblings were at the same age. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Animal keeper Stacey Tabellario holds Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, as he is presented to members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Bei Bei will be making his public debut on January 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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A video posted to Facebook by the zoo shows a staffer dutifully scoop up the baby giant panda and then haul him over to where he'd be seen.

As he is placed in the exhibit enclosure, however, he crumples over into a ball, fast asleep.

And while Bei Bei appears to be dozing, the building is opened for public viewing to begin.

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