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If you are like me, every once in a while you just need a break from 2020. The pandemic, the politics, the constant craziness that continues to pop up every single day of this year. If you are in need of that escape too, I have the perfect way to forget your worries and embrace some cuteness. The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C.'s panda cam is always enjoyable to stream, but if you haven't heard, there is a new baby and he makes it even better!

I grew up outside the Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C. area, which means I was very lucky to experience the National Zoo in person several times. However, one thing that you don't get to experience is when there is a new panda cub at the zoo. It takes a long time before they are allowed to be viewed in person by the public, so the zoo has installed cameras in the panda enclosure that allows you to get up close to the animals. That includes not only watching the large bears 24/7, but being online for big events such as a panda cub birth. CLICK HERE OR THE BUTTON BELOW TO LAUNCH THE CAMERAS.

Giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) gave birth to the newest cub at Smithsonian’s National Zoo on August 21, 2020. Mei Xiang has given birth to three other surviving cubs: Tai Shan (tie-SHON), Bao Bao (BOW BOW) and Bei Bei (BAY BAY). As part of the Zoo’s cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all cubs born at the Zoo move to China when they are 4 years old.

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