A baby panda at the Smithsonian National Zoo experienced the first snowfall of 2022 in Washington, DC, on Monday, and the encounter was caught on video.
The zoo wrote on Twitter that Xiao Qi Ji, a 16-month-old giant panda cub, was “a little wary when first encountering snow” in 2021. But video footage of a tumbling, “tummy-sliding” panda tells a different story this year.
❄️ New year, new Xiao Qi Ji! In 2021, our baby giant panda was a little wary when it first encountered snow. This morning the 16 month old plowed headfirst into the fresh powder, rolled and savored the first of 2022 #Snowy day. His belly slide skills are 10/10! #PandaStory pic.twitter.com/lOihFNTplC
— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) January 3, 2022
“This morning the 16-month-old plowed headfirst into fresh powder, rolled over and savored the first #SnowDay of 2022,” the post read. Xiao Qi Ji’s “belly sliding skills” got a 10 out of 10 rating from the zoo.
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The zoo was closed on January 4 after a winter storm blanketed the nation’s capital and surrounding areas a day earlier.
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