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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.

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