Panda bear celebrates 1st birthday with juice cake

A panda bear cub celebrated first birthday with a special cake and traditional Chinese gifts at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington.

Bao Bao at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington. Credit: Reuters

Bao Bao, a 44-pound female, is the second panda in the zoo's history to live a full year, as the endangered species produce tiny and delicate offspring that are often unable to survive infancy, zoo spokeswoman Devon Murphy said.

"Today, we are celebrating one of our biggest conservation successes," Dennis Kelly, director of the National Zoo, said.

Bao Bao celebrates her first birthday. Credit: Reuters

For her birthday, Bao Bao received a tiered cake made of frozen apple juice and pictures of peaches and bamboo, symbolizing longevity and good heath.

Most of the world's 1,600 giant wild pandas live in bamboo forests in central China.