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Video Extra: Pandas play in season’s first snow

Posted at 8:04 AM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 10:04:33-04

Two pandas frolicked in their snow-covered enclosure as the first snow this autumn enveloped the Yabuli Ski Resort in Harbin, in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, on Saturday.

On Sunday morning, the pandas “Sijia” and “Youyou” rushed outside and excitedly rolled around and slid in the snow.

Sijia was seen running around and around the enclosure, with ears wiggling. Feeling tired later, the fluffy and adorably clumsy panda sat down, happily enjoying a hearty serving of bamboo.

As Sijia enjoyed the meal, Youyou played with its ball and even turned somersaults in the soft snow. The cute panda was also seen lazily lying on a swing.

“The snow covered the smells that they had smelled before. So this change arouses their curiosity. The snow is heavy and reached as high as 20 centimeters. The pandas play in the soft snow just like playing on a soft mattress.

Also, the snow is earlier than before. Now the outdoor temperature is around zero degree Celsius, a very comfortable temperature for them to play outside,” said Zhang Quanfu, a keeper at the panda house.

Sijia is a 12-year-old female panda, while her playmate Youyou is a 10-year-old male. They moved to Yabuli in July 2016 from southwest China’s Sichuan Province and have grown accustomed to the climate in northeast China.