You may say that grown-ups are getting lots of headaches because of snow fallings, but apparently this rule doesn’t work at pandas. After a major snowfall in the D.C. region, a family of giant pandas at National Zoo were caught on camera having the time of their lives.
Everyone loves a good snow day. While most of animals, from dogs to horses, love the snow, none of them does it like these lovely pandas. In a now viral video footage giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are enjoying the snow just like a bunch of kids. They’re rolling and sliding down the snow in a moment of “pure panda joy.” As the two adult pandas are having so much fun in the snow, the panda cub Xiao Qi Ji who’s experiencing his first snowfall, prefers to rather look than to step on that big white coat.
The Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, D.C., shared footage of one of its young pandas playing in the snow. While many social media users seem to like the video due to how cute they find, it also shows how the cub has grown over the past year. Xiao Qi Ji is a giant panda cub that was born at the Smithsonian Zoo in August of 2020. According to the zoo, the panda cub first experienced snow in January 2021.
When a snowstorm struck in January, however, cameras caught the panda playing in the snow. In the video, the cub can be seen rolling around the snow, throwing some of the powder in its face and rolling down a hill. n Facebook, the Smithsonian Zoo captioned the video, “New year, new Xiao Qi Ji! In January 2021, our giant panda cub was a little wary during his first encounter with snow. This morning, the 16-month-old plowed face-first into the fresh powder, rolled around and relished the year’s first snow day. His belly-sliding skills are 10/10.”
Xiao Qi Ji is popular amongst the zoo’s visitors and is often featured on the zoo’s video channels. Only a few days before the snowstorm, for example, the panda was filmed playing in one of the enclosure’s pools. To celebrate the end of the year, the zoo also released a list of its most popular videos. Xiao Qi Ji trying a sweet potato for the first time came in at number nine for the year. You can watch video here:
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