My YouTube "recommended videos" host a variety of random, interesting topics, such as: how to bake and frost good-looking cakes, recent developments in unsolved mysteries, information on interesting creatures that we cannot see in person, news updates, comedy bits, and cute animals doing cute things. Well, the other day, I came across one informational video about panda diplomacy, and I had to click on it. The YouTube algorithm knows me well, because I tend to click on videos of pandas adorably hindering their keepers' work.
This is the video that sparked my interest:
I was fascinated by this unique form of diplomacy, and I became even more interested in the pandas we host in the United States, especially since I learned that they could leave the country at any point if another agreement is not made. I was unnecessarily worrying, because I wanted to make sure I could see pandas again after quarantine is over. Of course, I was curious to know if we have any panda cubs in our country at the moment.
And... one cub was born in late August of 2020!
He is already so large! The National Zoo in Washington, DC, has a live cam running throughout the day so that we can watch this cub grow up and smile at the mother and cub's interactions. The zoo also posts daily compilation videos with scenes from the live cams, so if you do not have time to check on the pandas throughout the day, you can still watch their daily videos to see the cub's development over time. The panda mother, Mei Xiang, is so attentive to her cub, and in the video above, you see her beginning to teach her cub about their world.
...if you do not have time to check on the pandas throughout the day, you can still watch their daily videos to see the cub's development over time.
Here is the link to the Giant Panda Cam:
This is such an exciting development! You have to see this. This is the best thing I have found recently, and I hope you have a great time watching and sharing the giant panda cam with your family!