Visiting Tai Shan, the New Panda Cub

Bill, Giselle, & Joia visited Tai Shan, the new panda cub at the National Zoo. We also saw his mother, Mei Xiang, and father, Tian Tian. But Tai was the main attraction. We had been afraid that he would be asleep during our ten-minute ticket to view him, but instead he had insisted on playing outside so we got to watch him running around and being playful in general. Most importantly, though, we got to spend much more than ten minutes watching him! We all enjoyed the chance to visit Tai Shan. He was the size of a stick of butter only six months ago, now he's HUGE!

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Panda Cub Warning
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Premature Blossoms
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Entering the Zoo
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When we arrived, Tai was up in a tree!
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Tai had been hiding in a ditch but zookeepers came out and put him in a tub to play.
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One happy cub.
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But he didn't stay in the tub very long.
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The curious cub follows the keepers. They kept trying to distract him so they could leave but he was following them around everywhere.
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Tian Tian, the father, is in a separate enclosure. He was having a very lazy Saturday morning.
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Intrepid explorer Tai Shan.
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Exploring other parts of the great outdoors.
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Mei Xiang keeping a watchful eye on Tai Shan.
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Our furry friend.
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Mom! Mom! Did you see me over there!?! I was climbing on rocks!!
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Pay attention to me!
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Back on the rocks.
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Story time.
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Giraffe in a puddle.
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Cheetah on patrol.
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Happy panda fan.

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