In the last two weeks, we have entered bamboo shoot season. Shoots are popping up all over the Zoo! Although Xiao Qi Ji still relies mostly on Mei Xiang’s milk for his nutritional needs, we gathered a few shoots for him to try. He seemed a little unsure about them in contrast to his parents, who immediately devoured them!
No matter how Xiao Qi Ji feels about the taste of bamboo, he is certainly eager to play with it. This week, while his mother sat on the rockwork and ate, Xiao Qi Ji latched onto a stalk that she held in her paws. Mei Xiang indulged her son in a friendly game of tug-of-war for a few moments before gently pushing him away so she could finish eating.
Now that the weather is warming up, keepers are making Xiao Qi Ji-sized fruitsicles for our cub to enjoy. The recipe is very simple: just make a mixture that is half apple juice and half water, then freeze. As assistant curator Laurie Thompson shared in her April 2 update, Xiao Qi Ji is a big fan of apples, and he seemed to thoroughly enjoy these special fruitsicles!