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Bao Bao at her giant panda exhibit at the Smithsonian National Zoo. She now weighs 40 pounds and will turn 1 on Saturday. / Abby Smith, Smithsonian National Zoo Flickr

Bao Bao, the National Zoo's giant panda cub, turns 1 on Saturday!

To celebrate this major milestone, let's look back at some of her cutest moments caught on camera.

On Aug. 23, 2013, the nation watched as a baby panda was born at the National Zoo

And then we found out the baby panda was a girl!

Remember when the panda cub attempted her first steps?

When she was 100 days old, the National Zoo named her Bao Bao, which means "precious."

Bao Bao weighs in at 7.9 kilograms, or about 17 pounds.

And then Bao Bao got an Instagram.

At 4 months old, Bao Bao strolled around in front of media, stumbling as she prepared for her zoo debut.

Finally! Bao Bao makes her debut at the National Zoo on Jan. 18. Zoo officials extended hours of the panda den from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so that visitors would have the chance to see the 4-month-old.

And people from across the country came to see little Bao Bao.

Check out these adorable photos of Bao Bao through her first year.



Copyright 2014USAToday

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