Look, I can do a roly-poly! Super-cute panda celebrates the wintry weather by taking a tumble in the snow
20:55 GMT, 27 December 2012
It is on days like this one a thick fur comes in handy – and one fun-loving panda took full advantage of his built-in protection as he took a tumble in the snow.
Giant panda Wei Wei did not waste an opportunity to roly-poly in the cold at Wuhan Zoo in Hubei Province in China.
Wei Wei practiced his acrobatics alongside his friends at the zoo after a thin layer of snow fell over Christmas.
It's a start: Wei Wei takes a tumble in the snow at Wuhan Zoo in Hubei Province in China
We have liftoff! The giant panda follows through his snow-somersault
Wei Wei was photographed standing on
his head in the snow before kicking off the ground to complete his
tumble of joy in the wintry weather.
Fortunately for Wei Wei and fellow
panda bears, their coarse, dense fur is the perfect protection against
the freezing conditions in Wuhan City this week.
Giant pandas are solitary bears when in the wild, usually preferring their own company when foraging in Chinese bamboo forests.
Kung fu panda: A spot of snow is no problem for a giant panda's thick fur, and it did certainly not bother Wei Wei as he climbed a snow-covered stand
Giant panda bears are an endangered
species, with around 1,600 left roaming free in the cool forests that
are their natural habitat, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
The bears are easily discernible due
to their black and white coat and as a result the few left in the wild
are often targeted by bounty hunters.
They mostly eat bamboo, but in
captivity are also enjoy being fed honey, eggs, fish, yams, leaves,
oranges, bananas and other special treats.
Panda playtime: The giant pandas of Wuhan Zoo enjoy the snow following a wintry downpour over Christmas