Bei Bei makes a public debut while fast asleep

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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Bei Bei makes a public debut while fast asleep
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)

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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