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Adorable Bear Goes Outside

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Stop whatever you’re doing and check out this video of the National Zoo’s pretty great giant panda cub, Bei Bei, playing outside  for the first time in his young life. The five-and-a-half-month-old bear waddled into the outdoor part of the zoo’s panda habitat on Thursday with his mother, Mei Xiang.

The little furball—who last month reacted to his first snowfall with adorable bemusement—spent about an hour outside and even tried to climb a tree, though he didn’t make it that high up the trunk. (Give him a break! He’s not even six months old!)

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.