Washington panda cub Bao Bao gets first taste of snow play

 Bao Bao, a panda born just over a year ago at Washington`s National Zoo to the capital city`s great delight, played in the snow for the first time on Tuesday.

Washington: Bao Bao, a panda born just over a year ago at Washington`s National Zoo to the capital city`s great delight, played in the snow for the first time on Tuesday.
 
The 16-month-old cub rolled down a powder-covered hill and was then shown playfully pouncing on her mother, Mei Xiang, in a video released by the zoo.

"Our great cats, wolves & seals also played in the snow," tweeted the facility, attaching a link to photos of lions, a tiger and seals frolicking in the winter scene.

Hundreds of Twitter users, including Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, retweeted the panda video.

"Nothing like a little Bao Bao to brighten a dreary DC snow day," Jarrett posted.

Bao Bao -- "treasure" or "precious" in Mandarin -- is only the second cub to survive birth at the Smithsonian Institution`s zoo since it received a pair of giant pandas in 1972 following president Richard Nixon`s historic visit to China.

The snow, which delayed morning commuters across the US capital, created ideal winter play conditions for another Washington celebrity animal: Bo, the Obama dog.

Official White House photographer Pete Souza tweeted a photo of the first pet standing in stark contrast against a lawn of powder in the White House Rose Garden.

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