Adorable Baby Panda Is Loving Her First ‘Snow Day’. Totally Rocked It.

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Just by looking at her, you might not think that giant panda Bao Bao is just a baby, but the adorable panda cub is only a mere sixteen months old! The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, better known as the National Zoo, understood exactly what we needed and gave it to us, in the form of a minute-long clip of Bao Bao, the zoo’s 16-month-old panda cub, frolicking on her first-ever “snow day.”

Bao Bao was born at the zoo in August 2013 and went on public display in January 2014. Zoo officials said today was the first time the panda got to go outside and experience the snow. Wild giant pandas might encounter snow in their natural habitats in China’s temperate mountain forests. Only four zoos in the United States have giant pandas. The ones in warmer locales sometimes create artificial snow for their bears. For example, in March 2013, keepers at the San Diego Zoo blew more than 15 tons of shaved ice into the panda enclosure as a treat for the cub Xiao Liwu, then less than a year old.

 

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