By Laura Harman published
Two giant pandas were caught on camera playing in the snow at The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington D.C.
The two giant pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, were captured on camera enjoying the chilly weather and playing in the snow on Sunday in Washington D.C.
The video of the two pandas enjoying the snow was released on the Smithsonian Zoo's Twitter feed, with the caption: "Slides, somersaults and pure panda joy. Happy snow day from giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian!"
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❄️🐼 Slides, somersaults and pure panda joy. Happy snow day from giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian! 🌨🐾. . . #SnowDay #PandaStory pic.twitter.com/my02GwnPFLJanuary 31, 2021
This adorable video, which has been viewed nearly four million times, has melted even the frostiest of hearts. Everyone is in love with these pandas enjoying the snow.
The Smithsonian National Zoo also shared images of other animals enjoying the cold weather. On Twitter, the zoo said, “As snow blanketed Washington, D.C., our animals woke up to a winter wonderland. With this weather event came another significant milestone—giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji’s first encounter with snow! Keepers say he took a little nip at the fresh powder.”
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji is the son of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian and is pictured in the photos attempting to eat the snow — watch out for the yellow snow!
❄️ As snow blanketed Washington, D.C., our animals woke up to a winter wonderland. With this weather event came another significant milestone—giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji’s first encounter with snow! Keepers say he took a little nip at the fresh powder. 🐾👅#SnowDay #PandaStory pic.twitter.com/8hYfYuoP5fJanuary 31, 2021
Fans have gone absolutely crazy for this panda family and are sharing their adoration of the furry creatures.
One fan wrote, "National Zoo this is what I needed to start off Monday with a positive attitude! These pandas enjoying the snow in the moment are adorable! Thank you for brightening our days!!" Another fan poked fun at the animals' carefree nature, "Makes sense that these guys never seem to get down to reproducing. They are bebopping around like toddlers."
The Zoo has responded to this incredible attention by promoting their "pandacam" so that fans can continue to watch the bear family grow up.
However, some Twitter users are concerned that the pandas are being held in captivity and would be happier in the wild. The Zoo revealed that the two bears would stay in with them under a breeding agreement until 2023. In just two years, the pandas will return to their homeland after successfully having four cubs together while living in the US.
The National Zoo state that Mei Xiang and Tian Tian have lived in the Zoo since December 2000 and referred to the two animals as "ambassadors for conservation," who have "inspired visitors to care for wildlife and threatened ecosystems around the world."
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