Snow cute!: National Zoo’s Giant Pandas take full advantage of winter weather

The first snow in Washington, D.C., in nearly two years arrived Sunday, and the pandas at the Smithsonian National Zoo took full advantage.

Giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are shown in Smithsonian National Zoo video sliding and rolling around in the snow in the giant panda’s outdoor habitat. Be warned: the video is dangerously cute!

Five-month-old cub Xiao Qi Ji was also pictured enjoying his first ever major snowfall. The zoo said the cub ventured out of his indoor habitat for about five minutes to check out the snow, but did not go all the way out to the outdoor habitat to play.

Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji exploring and experiencing snow for the first time. (Courtesy Smithsonian National Zoo)

The National Zoo says Xiao Qi Ji was very interested in looking around the zookeepers’ space and even took a nip at the snow. The zoo also posted pictures of some of its other animals enjoying the winter weather Sunday.

Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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