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San Diego Panda Celebrates Birthday With Vegetable Cake


Celebrating his 17th birthday today, San Diego Zoo‘s male giant panda, Gao Gao, tucks into an ice cake stuffed with carrots, yams, apples and bamboo leaves — and drizzled with his favorite treat, honey.

The panda was born in the bamboo forests of China, so his exact birth date is unknown, the zoo said in a news release. Zoo staff celebrate Gao Gao’s unofficial birthday in the month when he arrived in San Diego six years ago.

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Photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo