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The National Zoo’s Panda Cams Are Sure to Cure Your Winter Blues

A panda cub eating bamboo leaves at the National Zoo.
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If you live in the Northeastern United States, you already know there’s a massive winter storm moving through. Whether you’re excited about this or longing for warmer temperatures, watching pandas play in the snow at the National Zoo is sure to make you smile.

While the snow and ice from Winter Storm Orlena have complicated travel and forced many people to stay home, there’s an upside to all this: watching panda antics in the snow! The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is home to pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, and their recently named cub, Xiao Qi Ji.

It’s also home to the famous panda cams. So, even if you can’t head out to the zoo thanks to the pandemic (or mountains of snow), you can still see these adorable animals online. And they definitely put on a show for Snow Day 2021.

In the video below, both adult pandas slide down a hill on their backs, do somersaults, and generally just bask in the chilly weather. Basically, it’s just giant pandas in the snow doing what they do best—being adorable. What more do you need?

Orlena is now on its way out of D.C., but you can still catch Mei Xiang, Tian Tian, and little Xiao Qi Ji on the National Zoo’s panda cams. And don’t forget to check out the other animals’ livestreams.

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