Bao Bao, a panda born just over a year ago at Washington’s National
Zoo to the capital city’s great delight, played in the snow for the
first time Tuesday.
The 16-month-old cub rolled down a
powder-covered hill and was then shown playfully pouncing on her mother,
Mei Xiang, in a video released by the zoo.
great cats, wolves & seals also played in the snow,” tweeted the
facility, attaching a link to photos of lions, a tiger and seals
frolicking in the winter scene.
Hundreds of Twitter users,
including Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama,
retweeted the panda video. “Nothing like a little Bao Bao to brighten a
dreary DC snow day,” Jarrett posted.
Bao Bao – “treasure” or “precious” in Mandarin – is only the
second cub to survive birth at the Smithsonian Institution’s zoo since
it received a pair of giant pandas in 1972 following president Richard
Nixon’s historic visit to China.
The snow, which delayed morning
commuters across the US capital, created ideal winter play conditions
for another Washington celebrity animal: Bo, the Obama dog.
White House photographer Pete Souza tweeted a photo of the first pet
standing in stark contrast against a lawn of powder in the White House