Bei Bei the Panda Cub Debuts

Crowds gathered at the National Zoo to catch a glimpse of the 5-month-old panda in his public debut.
1:42 | 01/17/16

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It was pandemonium in the nation's capital today. Little bei bei is already 22 pounds but already a social media heavyweight. Here is Gloria Riviera. Reporter: This was the moment. A panda cub making his public debut to squeals of delight the first thing this sleepy baby bear does, shy away from the spotlight. Meet bei bei. The national zoo's 5-month-old panda. My heart is melting! Reporter: Since his birth, bei bei has enjoyed babyhood in private. But today, thousands from all over the world waited for hours in line to see him for the very first time. It's panda-monium! Reporter: Bei bei's name means 'precious treasure' in Chinese. The endangered bear is only the third cub to thrive at the zoo, less than 2,000 surviving in the wild. Like any superstar worth his bamboo, bei bei is a social media darling. 5 million hits and counting on the national zoo's giant panda cam since he was born. He is immensely popular. Reporter: Said to be a charmer and a bit of a rascal, bei bei spent most of his big day snoozing flat on his furry back, making his eager fans wait. . We're waiting for him to wake up. Reporter: You want him to wake up? We want him to wake up. Reporter: That adorable has to be exhausting. Gma and this week in the morning. We will see you tomorrow night. I'm Cecilia Vega in New York. Have a great Saturday.

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