He seemed unsure about it at first and stood there for a moment to take it all in. Keeper Stacey Tabellario built him his own panda-cub-sized snowman. He sniffed it before taking a frosty bite. He explored the area for about five minutes before we took him back inside. Although his trip was a short one, he seemed to have a good time.
He was much more chill about it than his older brother Bei Bei. The first time we offered snow to Bei Bei, we brought it inside in a tub for him to explore. Instead, he barked at it and ran away! He sat on top of the mountain and stared at it for a few hours. As he got older, Bei Bei enjoyed tumbling and sliding in the snow—although perhaps not as much as his parents did this week!
(In case you missed the flurry, check out the video above to watch Mei Xiang sliding in the snow! You can also watch Tian Tian and some of our other animals having a ball in the wintry weather here.)
On Wednesday, we place Xiao Qi Ji on the scale for a quick weigh-in. He gained another pound since last week and measured 10.62 kilograms, or 23 pounds.