Baby panda sees snow for the first time

Bao Bao, a 16-month-old giant panda, plays in the snow for the first time. Watch the video.

The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park of Washington released a video featuring a cub of female giant panda named Bao Bao, which was born in the park in August 2013, playing and rolling over in the snow for the first time, after a snowfall hit the US capital over the first days of January.

The snowfall led officials to close the park to the public. This allowed Bao Bao and other species, including seals and wolves, enjoying winter time. Giant pandas, native to cold Chinese forests, love snow and ice. However, global warming and deforestation are destroying their habitat, pushing the species to the brink of extinction, with only 1,600 individuals left in the wild.

Licenza Creative Commons
Quest'opera è distribuita con Licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione - Non commerciale - Non opere derivate 4.0 Internazionale.

Related articles
The high price of peace in Colombia: deforestation in the Amazon

Areas where the FARC guerrilla used to hold power in Colombia have faced record deforestation. Farmers cut down trees, burn land and plant grass for cows. Because, “what else can we do for a living here in the Colombian Amazon”? An intimate report from the heart of the felled forest in Caquetá.