Adorable Panda Cub Bei Bei Makes A Very Sleepy Public Debut

Bei Bei is kind of a big deal. He just doesn’t care.

The adorable panda cub fell asleep, once again, during his official public debut at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

Video posted online shows zoo biologist Laurie Thompson gently placing the 5-month-old in his enclosure. But he soon tumbles head first onto the floor and immediately starts napping.

“He’s just tired,” Thompson says, before she goes to open the exhibit doors to dozens of excited visitors patiently waiting outside.

Bei Bei has form in dozing off at landmark moments. He snoozed his way through his media debut last month, and hardly kept his eyes open when having a medical checkup last week.

Photographs taken later on Saturday show he did eventually wake up, and got on with thoroughly investigating his new surrounds.

Pandas notoriously find it difficult to reproduce, and Bei Bei and his twin brother — who sadly died shortly after birth — were both the result of artificial insemination.

Bei Bei, born on Aug. 22, lives at the zoo with parents Tian Tian and Mei Xiang and his 2-year-old sister Bao Bao. He’s been on display to zoo members since Jan. 8, but Saturday was the first time the general public could catch a glimpse.

It’s planned that he’ll head to China when he’s 4 years old to begin fathering even more cute baby panda cubs.

Can’t get to Washington to see Bei Bei? Don’t worry, you can still catch up on his antics via the zoo’s “Giant Pandacam” here.

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