One of the greatest joys in working with giant panda cubs is getting to see their personalities develop. At 17 months old, Xiao Qi Ji is a very smart boy with lots of determination. He’s pretty independent and often does his own thing, but he also likes to spend time with his mother, Mei Xiang. Sometimes, they will cuddle up together at night on a bed of hay, which we provide during the winter months.
Our cub is very playful and spends a lot of time climbing trees and wrestling with his enrichment toys. When we let the pandas out in the morning, Xiao Qi Ji will race Mei Xiang to her puzzle feeders, which are filled with nutrient-rich biscuits. He knocks them about and tries to get to the treats before his mom does.