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The Pandas in Washington, D.C., Had the Most Fun During This Week’s Snow Storms

By Stacey Leasca

Feb 4, 2021

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE MAY BE FRIGHTFUL across the northeastern United States, but the giant pandas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are finding it rather delightful.

On Sunday, Washington, D.C., was hit by five to 10 centimeters of snow and the zoo’s Panda Cam, which streams the daily activities of the adorable bears, caught Mei Xiang and Tian Tian going absolutely wild in the storm.

In the video, the pandas can be seen doing flips and sliding down the hill inside their enclosure, creating their own little sled hill just like people.

According to the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, the enclosure saw about six-and-a-half centimeters of snow throughout the day on Sunday, much to the delight of the animals that are native to cold weather climates.

The snowfall also marked the very first time that baby panda Xiao Qi Ji experienced snow. According to the keepers, he took a quick nip at the fresh snowfall and then sat to take it all in.

Of course, the pandas weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the snowfall. As NBC reported, images of animals in the snow were freely flowing this weekend across social media.

Twitter user Michaela Hurley shared a quick video of a pair of black horses frolicking in Idaho’s famous powder.

Back in the U.S. capital, President Biden’s granddaughter Naomi tweeted a photo of the First Dogs — Major and Champ — chilling on the White House South Lawn.

Want to watch even more animal wintertime fun? All you have to do is wait for the next snowfall, then click over to the National Zoo’s website and stream one of its five animal webcams, which continuously show the lions, elephants, naked mole rats, cheetahs, and of course, the giant pandas. Parents and teachers can even turn the streaming into a live learning moment thanks to the zoo’s Animal Cam Educational Activities, perfect for elementary-aged students left home from school on a snow day.

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