|Visiting the National Zoo|
We headed straight for the Pandas because we feared that later in the day there would be a lot of people. We had no lines to wait in! One of the Pandas was chowing on bamboo. We got to watch as he stripped the bamboo of all leaves and then used his strong teeth to crunch into his meal.
|A Collage of the Panda Eating Bamboo|
We were told that Bei Bei was in a tree sleeping and that we could see him from the upper level. Of course, we went the wrong way and followed a path that we later found out was for zoo staff only. I guess, the fact that we were no longer on a sidewalk should have given us a clue that we were in forbidden territory. Fortunately, we did not end up in any animal exhibits but ended up on a sidewalk behind the Pandas. We followed it and found we were close to the Panda Café that had an overlook where Bei Bei was napping.
|This is Bei Bei napping in the tree. This was the most he would show himself.|
Here is a video of a Panda eating bamboo. If you listen carefully, you will hear him cracking into the bamboo.