Get off the couch, turn off that Panda Cam, and head to the National Zoo. Starting Jan. 18, zoogoers can see the baby panda, Bao Bao, in the flesh, the zoo announced today.
Members of Friends of the National Zoo will be able to visit the panda from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17.
“The amount of time Bao Bao and her mother Mei Xiang will be on exhibit each day will depend on the bears’ behavior,” the zoo wrote in a release. “In the first few weeks they may not be on exhibit for long periods of time; they will spend more time on exhibit as Bao Bao gets older. They will also have access to the den, where Bao Bao has spent much of the past few months, and may choose to spend time in it instead of in public viewing areas.”
Bao Bao, or Precious, was born in August, and neither she nor her mother, Mei Xiang, have been on display to the public since then (unless, of course, you’re Hugh Jackman.)
But during that time, the public has been monitoring the pandas’ every movement on the Panda Cam in astoundingly high numbers.
Photo via the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Flickr