WASHINGTON D.C. (WTNH)– While the cold weather may be tough on some, a baby panda in Washington D.C. couldn’t be happier. The Smithsonian National Zoo released a video Tuesday of Bao Bao, the baby giant panda, playing in the snow for the first time.
The video shows the 16-month-old giant panda tumbling down a snow covered hill in her outdoor enclosure after Washington D.C. got its first snow fall. She also climbed trees and shared her excitement by pouncing on her mother, Mei Xiang. The zoo wrote on their Facebook page that Bao Bao was “quite the little snow panda.”
Giant pandas live in the mountainous bamboo forests of China where it can get very snowy and cold in the winter. Unlike other bears, pandas do not hibernate.
The World Conservation Union lists giant pandas as endangered because there are only about 1,600 left in the wild. However, the zoo reports that more than 300 pandas live in zoos and breeding centers, mostly based in China. There are three pandas at The National Zoo as part of the conservation effort.
The panda house is one of the most popular exhibits at the zoo. Last spring, the zoo had to limit the attraction to one way foot traffic after large crowds came out to get a glimpse of the baby panda.
Bao Bao turns 1 in August. She made her public debut at 8-months-old in last April. Bao Bao is the second panda born at The National Zoo to make it to her first birthday.