WASHINGTON D.C. (March 26, 2015) — Tian Tian, a panda at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, is melting hearts again in video of him taking a bubble bath in a tiny tub.
Another video of the panda playing in the snow went viral last January.
Zookeepers at the zoo say the giant panda really enjoyed the bath, that used non-toxic bubble bath soap. He rubbed it on his ears, which is called scent-anointing.
Pandas do not bathe regularly in the wild, but when Tian Tian is in rut, meaning he’s exhibiting behaviors associated with breeding season, he especially likes to play in water.