VIDEO: Panda enjoys bath in the sunshine

Posted at 3:44 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 15:44:07-04

The National Zoo's giant panda, Tian Tian enjoyed bath time in the sunshine Thursday afternoon. 

Here's the video: 

Tian Tian Playing in a Tub

Rub-a-dub-dub #TianTian in a tub! Keepers provided him a tub of water with non-toxic bubble bath soap. He really soaked it up. He rubbed it on his ears—which is called scent-anointing. (Wait for the tail wiggle!) Pandas do not bathe regularly in the wild, but when Tian Tian is in rut—meaning he’s exhibiting behaviors associated with breeding season—he especially likes to play in water. #PandaStory

Posted by Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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