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Zoo marks panda's first birthday

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Giant panda Tai Shan (ty shawn) has marked his first birthday by munching on a frozen mix of fruit juice, yams, apples and carrots. The National Zoo's star attraction is otherwise spending his day going through his regular routine of climbing trees and lounging around the panda exhibit.      

Zoo officials say he now weighs 56 pounds, and even though he still enjoys his mother's milk, he's eating more bamboo like adult pandas.      

Curator Lisa Stevens says her next challenge is weaning him from Mei Xiang (may SHAWNG'). Zoo officials are hoping to again breed Mei Xiang and Tian Tian (tee-YEN' tee-YEN') within the next year.      

The zoo's pandas will move into the new Asian Trails exhibit area within six months, where they'll have twice the space they have now.

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