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The National Zoo’s Baby Panda Has Taken His First Steps

It happened on Thanksgiving, and there's adorable video to prove it.

Photograph courtesy Smithsonian's National Zoo.

Baby giant panda Xiao Qi Ji took his first steps on Thanksgiving, the National Zoo announced today.

That’s right: while you were eating dry turkey on Zoom, the baby panda was very busy achieving his most adorable developmental milestone yet. Luckily, the Giant Panda Cam captured the three-month-old cub’s inaugural steps. After a short struggle, the pint-sized bear tucks his squat legs under his squat body and begins waddling towards mom Mei Xiang. He quickly topples over, rolling towards the massive mama bear. If you look closely, she appears to be smiling. We can only assume she’s beaming with pride.

Take a look at Xiao Qi Ji’s first steps:

Daniella Byck
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Daniella Byck joined Washingtonian in August 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied journalism and digital culture.