WATCH: Rare video captures adorable giant pandas frolicking in the snow

February 1, 2021
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A winter storm hit the East Coast over the weekend and just like kids, panda bears apparently really love the snow!

Sunday, the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington D.C. posted this video of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian enjoying the fresh powder and people just can’t get enough. The video has over 90,000 views -- and counting.

“❄️🐼 Slides, somersaults and pure panda joy,” the National Zoo tweeted on its official account. “Happy snow day from giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian! 🌨🐾#SnowDay #PandaStory”

The National Zoo’s twitter went on to share several other photos of animals out in the snow.

“❄️ As snow blanketed Washington, D.C., our animals woke up to a winter wonderland,” the tweet read. “With this weather event came another significant milestone—giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji’s first encounter with snow! Keepers say he took a little nip at the fresh powder. 🐾👅"

❄️ As snow blanketed Washington, D.C., our animals woke up to a winter wonderland. With this weather event came another significant milestone—giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji’s first encounter with snow! Keepers say he took a little nip at the fresh powder. 🐾👅#SnowDay #PandaStory pic.twitter.com/8hYfYuoP5f

— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) January 31, 2021

Mei Xiang (may-SHONG), the adult female, was born July 22, 1998, at the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan Province. Her name means "beautiful fragrance." She has black hip-high "stockings" extending up her hind legs, and the black band across her shoulders is wider in the middle than Tian's. Her eye patches are oval, and a pale black band runs across the bridge of her nose. She weighs about 233 pounds.

Tian Tian (t-YEN t-YEN), the adult male, was born Aug. 27, 1997, at the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan Province. His name means "more and more." Tian Tian has black "knee socks." The black band across his shoulders narrows in the middle. His eye patches are shaped like kidney beans, and he has two black dots across the bridge of his nose. He weighs about 264 pounds.

Xiao Qi Ji (SHIAU-chi-ji), the male cub, was born Aug. 21, 2020, at 6:35 p.m. to mother Mei Xiang and father Tian Tian at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. His name, Xiao Qi Ji, translates as “little miracle” in English.

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