When we visited Washington DC in 2016, one of the must stops was the Smithsonian National Zoo — specifically to see the giant pandas, and more specifically to see Bei Bei, the baby panda.

Bei Bei the baby Giant Panda

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The National Zoo in general was great, and we got to the panda exhibit just in time to see Bei Bei’s mother Mei Xiang playing with Bei Bei, running around and wrestling. It was adorable, and I got quickly got a handful of shots. Within minutes the keepers called the pandas into the nearby building for something, and that was the end of Bei Bei for the day. We were very happy we didn’t arrive a few minutes later — we’d have missed Bei Bei entirely (and probably would have had to schedule another trip under the demands of my wife).