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In this photo taken Dec. 14, 2015, Bei Bei, the National Zoo's newest panda and offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, yawns while being presented for members of the media at the National Zoo in Washington. The youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is ready for his close-up. Bei Bei will make his public debut on Jan. 16. During an audience with a small news media contingent Monday, he was so relaxed that he fell asleep and drooled on an examination table. At nearly 4 months old, Bei Bei weighs more than 17 pounds and is gaining about a pound a week. He’s bigger than his older siblings were at the same age. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Members getting peek at National Zoo panda cub

WASHINGTON — Members of the National Zoo in Washington are getting an exclusive peek at panda cub Bei Bei.

The cub, who was born Aug. 22, is set to make his public debut Jan. 16, but zoo members can see him starting Friday. Visitors who want to see Bei Bei will have to show they have a current Friends of the National Zoo membership and a matching photo ID.

The cub is the third surviving offspring for parents Tian Tian and Mei Xiang, who also live at the zoo along with their second cub, Bao Bao, who was born in 2013. Another cub that was also born Aug. 22 died soon after birth. The couple’s first surviving offspring, Tai Shan, lives in China.