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Panda Has Some Squeaky Clean Fun in Adorable Bubble Bath Video


Panda Has Some Squeaky Clean Fun in Adorable Bubble Bath Video (National Zoo via Facebook)

A giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo is seen taking a rare bubble bath in an adorable viral video.

Tian Tian, a male panda who lives at the Washington, DC zoo along with three other pandas, was given a sudsy tub on Wednesday.

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"He rubbed it on his ears—which is called scent-anointing. (Wait for the tail wiggle!)," the zoo wrote on its Facebook page.

Tian Tian Playing in a Tub

Rub-a-dub-dub #TianTian in a tub! Keepers provided him a tub of water with non-toxic bubble bath soap. He really soaked it up. He rubbed it on his ears—which is called scent-anointing. (Wait for the tail wiggle!) 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. #PandaStory

Posted by Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

While pandas don't bathe in the wild, zoo experts say Tian Tian becomes especially fond of baths when he's in rut, or exhibiting signs that he's prepared to mate.

Tian Tian's fame is usually eclipsed by that of the zoo's newest panda addition, a male cub named Bei Bei who was born last year.

However, Tian Tian's no stranger to the spotlight. 

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Back in January, after the Blizzard of 2016 buried the East Coast in record breaking snows, Tian Tian made the best of the storm.

In a video that quickly went viral, Tian Tian rolled down a snowdrift in his enclosure over and over with a decidedly amused look on his black and white face.

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