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Last Updated: Wednesday November 30 2005 11:52 GMT

In Pictures: Panda cub Tai Shan

Four-month-old Tai Shan took his first press outing in his stride. Hundreds of reporters, cameramen and photographers came to see him at Washington's National Zoo.

Four-month-old giant panda Tai Shan took his first press outing in his stride. Hundreds of reporters, cameramen and photographers came to see him at Washington's National Zoo.

At first he was a little bit shy...

At first he was a little bit shy...

But he soon built up the confidence to face the cameras.

But he soon built up the confidence to face the cameras.

The baby bear set about exploring his environment, crawling around the rock piles.

The baby bear set about exploring his environment, crawling around the rock piles.

He also did some climbing, taking a gentle tumble here and there as he learnt how to use his paws to grip the stone.

He also did some climbing, taking a gentle tumble here and there as he learnt how to use his paws to grip the stone.

Tai Shan, which means beautiful mountain, even took some time out to snack on some bamboo, one of his favourite foods.

Tai Shan, which means beautiful mountain, even took some time out to snack on some bamboo, one of his favourite foods.

The little bear is getting ready to face the public on 8 December, when people will be allowed to come and watch him play. The 13,000 tickets available have already been snapped up.

The little bear is getting ready to face the public on 8 December, when people will be allowed to come and watch him play. The 13,000 tickets available have already been snapped up.



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