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#PandaStory: A New Field Trip Destination
Nov. 25, 2020 ~ This update was written by giant panda keepers Marty Dearie and Mariel Lally.

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In an exciting new development, Mei Xiang recently took Xiao Qi Ji on a “field trip” to the outdoor patio of their enclosure. From this space, he is able to observe keepers working and peek into Tian Tian’s enclosure. In one instance, Xiao Qi Ji was within Tian Tian’s sightlines, but dad was so focused on whether the keepers had food that we aren’t sure he noticed his son!

The cub can also look out at the yard, but cannot access it from this space. The patio floor is not as smooth as the floors of their indoor enclosure, so his claws and feet get good traction. He has started to get his back legs underneath him and is close to walking. On Tuesday, keepers observed Xiao Qi Ji “catapult” himself forward all on his own! Based on his progress, he could take his first steps in the next week or two!

If you tune in to the Giant Panda Cam at night, keep an eye out for play behavior. Mei Xiang nibbles her son, typically around his face, and Xiao Qi Ji will try to grab or swat at her!

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Adorable DoxieMom19 video of Xiao Qi Ji standing on hind legs to nurse.



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Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Extends Giant Panda Agreement

"Giant pandas Mei Xiang (left) and Tian Tian (right) will continue to live at the Zoo through the end of 2023 per a three-year agreement extension signed by Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and China Wildlife and Conservation Association (CWCA)."

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November was an exciting month for our giant panda cub! He received a clean bill of health during his third veterinary exam, was named "Xiao Qi Ji" by his fans around the world
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2020-12-08 Xiao Qi Ji's Major Mobility Milestone!
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Our barking cubbie surprised his Mommie!

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"Mei Xiang jumped and was a bit startled by her son’s outburst. It seemed that the noise from her rustling, or perhaps the bamboo moving around him, disturbed his sleep. We have heard him vocalize in this manner before. When our giant panda team enters the keeper side of the den to remove the large pieces of bamboo that Mei Xiang brought in overnight, inevitably the leaves rustle. Xiao Qi Ji has no qualms about expressing his displeasure with this noise, but neither did his older siblings Tai Shan, Bao Bao and Bei Bei when they were this age. After a few minutes of nest building and eating, Mei Xiang picked up Xiao Qi Ji and tended to him.

Later that day, the Washington, D.C. area saw our first wintry weather of the season. Both Tian Tian and Mei Xiang spent some time outside as the snow fell, but neither seemed interested in playing, perhaps because it was only a dusting. While Mei Xiang explored her outdoor habitat, we were able to do a quick checkup on Xiao Qi Ji, who now weighs 14.5 pounds (6.6 kilograms)! His teeth are coming in nicely, too. Thus far, he has 4 canines, some incisors and a few others just starting to erupt.

In the future, if enough snow accumulates we may bring some inside for Xiao Qi Ji to explore. This time around, though, he stayed inside his climate-controlled den, resting peacefully."

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:teehee: Loved his barks to Mom's noise disturbance, her soft vocal reprimand and how she held so still afterwards till jerking her body up and slinging the bamboo in disgust!!


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The Year in Adorable Baby Panda Milestones

2020 is the year that Xiao Qi Ji crawled into our hearts.




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"We can only assume Xiao Qi ji has no New Year’s resolutions—after all, he’s already pretty much perfect."

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#PandaStory: Tumbles and Toys
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"Over the past few weeks, our giant panda team has observed cub Xiao Qi Ji spend more time exploring the large indoor enclosures he shares with his mother, Mei Xiang, and less time in their den. Mei Xiang seems to encourage this curiosity. The other day, she called to him while he was resting in the den, and he soon emerged and approached her.

Lately, he has been very interested in Mei Xiang’s activities. While she eats, he is often right by her side. As she discards bamboo, he gathers the pieces in his arms, rolls around and playfully gnaws on them. He tends to be more active and playful in the evenings, so tune into the Giant Panda Cam at night to see some adorable moments as they happen in real time.

Spending more time out of the den presents our cub with more opportunities to explore—and play! While we have presented Xiao Qi Ji with enrichment items before—most notably a pumpkin for Halloween—we have seen his interest in them grow exponentially since the beginning of January. These items encourage our giant pandas to keep physically active and mentally sharp; they also give the bears an opportunity to use their natural behaviors and choose how to spend their time.

With Xiao Qi Ji becoming more aware of and interested in his surroundings, keepers gave him two toys to investigate: a small red Jolly Egg (perfectly sized for a panda cub) and an empty PVC puzzle feeder. When Xiao Qi Ji is exploring the habitat and happens upon them, he usually stops for a few minutes to paw at them, pick them up and give them a nibble. If you would like to help us replenish some of our worn but well-loved toys, you can do so by making a donation to the Enrichment Trunk.

Some toys built for cubs are made from softer materials to help the animals grasp or chomp on them. Our team is very careful to watch Xiao Qi Ji as he plays during the day, since Mei Xiang’s more powerful teeth and jaws could damage the toys. Before we leave for the day, we remove these toys from the enclosure. Neither Mei Xiang nor Xiao Qi Ji seem to mind, content to eat or play with their bamboo overnight.

Personality-wise, Xiao Qi Ji seems to take after his mother. Like Mei Xiang, he is careful and cautious when it comes to exploring his environment. Now that he has mastered walking, he has started to practice his climbing skills. He is very deliberate about the paths he takes when traveling up or down the rockwork—more so than siblings Tai Shan, Bao Bao or Bei Bei were. He has taken a few tumbles here and there, but not nearly as many as his brothers and sister did at this age. Luckily, these bears are built to be robust and have thick, wooly fur to cushion their fall.

Now that Xiao Qi Ji is more mobile, we weigh our cub in a tub. He sits patiently for a moment or two, then starts climbing out, eager to explore again. Our “little” cub is growing larger by the day and weighed 18.4 pounds (8.39 kilograms) as of Jan. 6. That’s up four pounds from his Dec. 16 checkup.

Now that he has received his rabies vaccine, the next big milestone on the horizon will be exploring his outdoor habitat in the coming weeks. Meantime, we enjoy watching our little explorer practice (and perfect) his climbing skills indoors!"
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