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Man in Bear Suit Challenges Tian Tian the Snow-Loving Panda


We've all seen - and loved - Tian Tian the panda frolicking in the snow, but one Maryland man thinks he can do better.

Jeffrey Perez, from Maryland, donned a bear suit to imitate Tian Tian, who was filmed rolling in the snow at the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, D.C. this weekend.

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"I challenge #tiantian to a snow battle!" Perez wrote on a video on Instagram.

In his video, Perez covers himself in snow - and even copies some of Tian Tian's signature moves, including lifting a leg to his head.

Speaking to INSIDE EDITION, Perez said he bought the panda suit six years ago and wears it to entertain his daughters.

"A few friends sent me the original Tian Tian video on social media and thought I would make a fun 'reenactment' video for them," he said via email. "We loved the Tian Tian video!"

He added: "I had to persuade my wife to bundle up and come out to record the video. We did it in one take! She was freezing, but I was fine. That panda suit is the warmest outfit I own!"

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Now he's hoping to meet Tian Tian himself.

"When the snow clears, I want to get down to the DC Zoo wearing my panda suit to meet Tian Tian and the baby, Bei Bei," he said. "That would be fun."

It is unknown whether Tian Tian will accept his snow challenge.

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