D.C. Panda Cub Bao Bao Growing as Expected

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Bao Bao, the Giant Panda cub, is seen by the media for the first time Jan. 6, 2014. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Bao Bao, the Giant Panda cub, is seen by the media for the first time Jan. 6, 2014. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The National Zoo says panda cub Bao Bao is growing just as she should be.

WNEW got an up-close look Tuesday at the nearly 5-month-old cub born in Washington. Bao Bao weighs about 17.4 pounds and measures 52 centimeters from head to tail. She is wider in the middle at 63 centimeters around her belly. All normal, according to panda statistics.

PHOTOS: Bao Bao Prepares For Zoo Debut

Animal keepers have been preparing Bao Bao for a crowd of fans expected for her public debut later this month.

While she still sleeps about half the day, the cub has become more active. She spends time crawling, climbing rocks and following her mother, Mei Xiang. Curators say she has an easygoing temperament.

Bao Bao will make her public debut Jan. 18.

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