Tian Tian, the Smithsonian National Zoo's male giant panda, seemed delighted with the blizzard over the weekend, rolling around in the snow with giddy abandon.

Weighing in at 264 pounds (120 kilograms), the 18-year-old furball threw snow all over the place as he frolicked in the foot-plus of white that was dumped by the winter storm there in Washington, D.C.

Tian Tian (t-YEN t-YEN) wasn't the only zoo animal to delight in the winter weather. The zoo posted several darling photos of their animals getting their snow on: Wilma, a 2-year-old American bison, looked quite at home with snow on her head. "Wilma's head is the most insulated part of her body. The hump on her back lets her head plow thru snow," the zoo posted on their Twitter page. Other animals, including elephants, a gray seal and a red panda, also got a chance to play in the snow over the weekend.

Wilma at the National Zoo on Jan. 23, 2016.
Wilma at the National Zoo on Jan. 23, 2016.
Credit: National Zoo

Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys are natives to tropical forests and so they were kept indoors, according to the zoo. Instead, animal keepers brought a big bowl of snow into the monkeys' indoor home.

 

 

 

 

Giant pandas like Tian Tian are native to China, where they live in the wild at elevations between 5,000 and 10,000 feet (1,500 and 3,000 meters), according to the National Zoo. There, they are acclimated to torrential rains and enjoy the forest's dense understory of bamboo — depending on which part of the bamboo they're eating, an adult giant panda must munch through 20 to 88 lbs. (9 to 40 kg) of the plant to get necessary nutrition, according to Pandas International. All giant pandas are native to China, which loans the endangered animals to foreign zoos like the National Zoo.

Tian Tian is the father of the zoo's newest cub, Bei Bei, who was born to Mei Xiang on Aug. 22, 2015.

The National Zoo is closed today due to the snow.

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