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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The National Zoo’s panda cub, Bao Bao, is out and about in her mother’s outdoor enclosure for the first time Tuesday.

The zoo says Bao Bao, who was born Aug. 23, is being given access to mom Mei Xiang’s larger yard every day this week, as long as the temperature is at least 35 degrees and there is no precipitation.

Now that the cub is venturing outdoors, keepers have baby-proofed the giant panda yards.

“Giant pandas are very adept climbers, and cubs especially spend time climbing trees,” according to the zoo’s blog. “The trees in Mei Xiang’s yard have been collared, and some tree limbs have been trimmed for Bao Bao’s safety. Keepers have placed bales of hay around the grotto and yard to cushion any potential falls.”

Although Bao Bao is now allowed outside, the zoo says it may takes several weeks before she is taking advantage of that fact regularly.

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Giant panda cub Bao Bao ventured outside with her mom Mei Xiang April 1. (Photo credit: Devin Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Giant panda cub Bao Bao ventured outside with her mom Mei Xiang April 1. (Photo credit: Devin Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

Giant panda cub Bao Bao ventured outside with her mom Mei Xiang April 1. (Photo credit: Devin Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Giant panda cub Bao Bao ventured outside with her mom Mei Xiang April 1. (Photo credit: Devin Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

Giant panda cub Bao Bao ventured outside with her mom Mei Xiang April 1. (Photo credit: Devin Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Giant panda cub Bao Bao ventured outside with her mom Mei Xiang April 1. (Photo credit: Devin Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

Giant panda cub Bao Bao ventured outside with her mom Mei Xiang April 1. (Photo credit: Devin Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Giant panda cub Bao Bao ventured outside with her mom Mei Xiang April 1. (Photo credit: Devin Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

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