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Watch the Baby Panda Play With a Giant Hockey Puck and Let It Heal Your Soul

All Xiao Qi Ji needs to take the ice for the Caps are some tiny panda skates.

It’s the epitome of the phrase “where there is darkness, there is light”: the Washington Capitals and the National Zoo have banded together to give us a furry salve to the hair-raising stress of January 2021. Washingtonian proudly presents: Baby panda Xiao Qi Ji playing with a massive hockey puck to celebrate the Caps season opener in Buffalo.

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Jane Recker
Assistant Editor

Jane is a Chicago transplant who now calls Cleveland Park her home. Before joining Washingtonian, she wrote for Smithsonian Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and opera.