San Diego Panda Celebrates Birthday With Vegetable Cake

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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.

Related panda news: Smithsonian’s National Zoo Seeks Bamboo for Pandas

Photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo

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