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In Photos: National Zoo Animals Play in the Snow

Giant panda

giant panda

(Image credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

The cold-loving animals in Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. got out to enjoy the snow today.

Giant panda

giant panda

(Image credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

The National Zoo has several giant pandas: Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and baby Bao Bao.

Red panda

red panda

(Image credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Red pandas were the first species to be called "panda."

Red panda

red panda

(Image credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Originally classified in the bear family, red pandas are now the sole species in family Ailuridae.

Red panda

red panda

(Image credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

They resemble raccoons and their Asian habitat overlaps with that of giant pandas.

North American river otter

otters

(Image credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

River otters are very social animals.

North American river otter

otters

(Image credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Their thick undercoat keeps them warm during winter.

North American river otter

otters

(Image credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Otters' bodies are streamlined and have long tails for swimming.

California sea lions

sea lions

(Image credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is home to four female California sea lions: Sidney (3 years old), Summer (7 years old),Calli (7 years old) and Sophie (1 year old).

California sea lions

sea lions

(Image credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Fisherman once hunted sea lions for their skin or oil.

California sea lions

sea lions

(Image credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Under the protection of national law, some populations of sea lions have rebounded.