Day 159 #PandaStory: Hopefully everyone was able to watch the SNZ Livestream, if not here is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WF8zgsHiBM
My video shows Xiao Qi Ji's progress on getting up and down off the rockwork ledges, plus what happened before and after the livestream event.
At the beginning you can see that there are still a couple of ledges leading to the higher levels of room 3's rockwork that he cannot quite get up on yet as there are no toe holds to help him!
Once it turns to color, it's early morning footage, which besides the ledges, shows Xiao Qi Ji playing with the spool! Our little bear loves things that he can roll around on and climb! And Mei Xiang kept nibbling on Qi Ji as she walked by him.
5 minute mark: Around 11:30am Mei Xiang woke Qi Ji up in the den, and swiffered him out to room 3. He spent quite a bit of time mouthing bamboo (and yes, according to Marty he is probably ingesting some of the leaves) standing on the ledge. Once again Mei Xiang kept checking and nibbling on him while he was on the rockwork ledge. About 12:20pm he leaps off the ledge, returns to the den for a quick nap before they woke him up for the livestream event.
The footage starting at the 10 minute mark is from after the livestream. I was a wee bit disappointed that Mei Xiang did NOT give Xiao Qi Ji a bath since we saw he basically rubbed his whole belly over the sweet potato covered disc. Again, Qi Ji is quite comfortable on the ledge, but he's trying to get to Mei Xiang. At the end, he disappears into the den where he is still asleep as I type this.
Note from Doxie: I respectively ask that you do not post comments disparaging the Smithsonian's National Zoo's treatment of their Giant Pandas, or Mei Xiang's parenting of Xiao Qi Ji, or any comparisons to other Zoos. Also, a reminder that I am not employed by or affiliated with the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping this a place of positivity, celebration and joy!
Video recorded at Smithsonian's National Zoo's Panda Cam website: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams/panda-cam
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