Giant Panda: Tian Tian Is At It Again

Another video from Smithsonian’s National Zoo has captivated viewers and become popular on YouTube.

Tian Tian, a 19-year-old male panda has received his fair share of press coverage this year.  Back in January, he became the star of a viral video showing his joy and playfulness after a January snowfall across Washington, D.C.  The video was played across countless news outlets and currently shows over two million views.

Now that the snow has melted and the spring season is on its way, keepers decided to give Tian Tian some supplies for a bubble bath.  This is one of many ways keepers provide enrichment activities to the animals in their care.  Enrichment comes in the forms of toys, challenging puzzles, and sensory stimulation.  After placing a basin of water and non-toxic bubble bath soap in the habitat, the 260-pound giant panda didn’t waste much time.

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The National Zoo is one of the oldest in the United States, first opening in 1889.  As part of the Smithsonian Institute, the facility’s focus is on animal care, science, education, sustainability, and visitor experience.  Like most Smithsonian attractions, the National Zoo does not charge admission.  The AZA accredited facility cares for around 2,000 animals, one-fifth being endangered or threatened species.

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