Xiao Liwu Meets Santa Claus

Dec. 27, 2012: Just days after Christmas, our favorite giant panda babe delights in his new toys: a doughnut-shaped plastic ring perfect for perching, a stick of bamboo and a plastic ball. Now 5 months old and more than 15 pounds, the adventurous cub has finally braved the outside.

"He is growing normally and we are seeing a lot more interest in his surroundings," said Meg Sutherland-Smith, DVM, associate director of veterinary services for the San Diego Zoo. "He saw that new toy and gravitated right to it."

We'll be keeping up with the beloved baby bear as he grows in 2013. Xiao Liwu will make his public debut as soon as he's comfortable navigating the exhibit. Meanwhile, you can see his cuddly antics any time on the San Diego Zoo's Panda Cam.