You might not know that giant pandas are also fond of snow — and playing in it. In case you were unaware of the fact, there’s an adorable viral video that’s being shared around the internet you simply must check out.
— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) January 23, 2016
The Smithsonian National Zoo shared a cute clip via Twitter of giant panda Tian Tian. The panda “woke up to snow,” and it was clearly a welcome sight for the playful creature.
Tian Tian seemed to enjoy rolling in the snow, and as the Washington Times writes, throwing it in the air. You can almost hear the happy, “Whee!” sounds he’s probably making in his mind.
The clip is a pleasant reminder that although giant pandas grow older, they don’t always seem to grow up, remaining as playful as any baby panda. Speaking of which, Tian Tian’s five-month-old daughter, Bao Bao, went viral in her own right a couple of weeks ago when videotaped experiencing her first snowfall.
Tian Tian is also the father of 2-year-old Bei Bei. Zookeepers noted he was much shier than his sister and father about interacting with the frozen precipitation, and this was after a “light dusting” on Wednesday. According to zoo officials, poor Bei Bei “wasn’t quite sure what to make of the powdery snow.”
Well, at least his father wasn’t shy about having fun with this recent snowfall!
— CNN (@CNN) January 23, 2016
A video like this, which reportedly has already amassed tens of thousands of views, might make some worry. Is the weather too cold for this giant panda to play in the snow safely? The answer is that the giant panda is perfectly fine. As the Canada Journal reports, he has “thick wooly fur” to help keep him warm. The news source also notes that pandas like Tian Tian are native to mountainous regions in China that frequently experience snowfall.
— Fox 5 San Diego (@fox5sandiego) January 24, 2016
Unfortunately, the number of giant pandas in the wild is quite small, with about 2,000 confined to “the Qin Mountains in Shaanxi Province, and the Min Mountains in Sichuan and Gansu provinces.” The light-hearted nature of this video almost makes one forget just how seriously endangered pandas are.