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Panda Cub Debuts, but He Was Already a Star

The Nation | IN BRIEF/ WASHINGTON, D.C.

December 09, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

The National Zoo's 5-month-old panda cub, Tai Shan, has already become a big draw for the park, even though Thursday was the first time ticket-holders were able to see him in person.

The public has logged more than 7 million hits on the zoo's "panda cam" website, and sales of panda-related merchandise at the zoo have soared.

"We've added about 30 new panda items since Tai Shan was born in July," said Matt Olear, a spokesman for Friends of the National Zoo, which operates concessions.

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