People ask if pandas like the water. I have never seen one actually swimming in any photos or videos but have seen them sitting in a pool of water and even splashing with their paws. Most memorable was seeing Tai Shan, who used to live at the National Zoo, having fun with the keeper as you can see in the photo below. Great capture by ajay*77.
Thanks to hugwildlife of YouTube, who found this article of the Chinese keepers providing some welcome relief from the heat in right now. Just adorable.
Hua Ao, of the Yantai Zoo, got defensive as his keepers at a Chinese zoo try and cool him down in 30c (86 F) heat. The rare bears usually live in cool forests and have thick fur so need help to stop over-heating.
By LAWRENCE CONWAY PUBLISHED: 13:05 EST, 6 May 2012 | UPDATED: 13:05 EST, 6 May 2012
When it's a hot, sunny and you are really feeling the heat there is nothing better than a cooling shower. But this giant panda at Yantai Zoo in eastern China seems to be finding attempts to cool him down a little too bracing. Keepers at the zoo decided to spray down giant male panda Hua Ao with a hose as temperatures in the town hit 30c.
But Hua Ao found their attempts a little too direct, raising his paws to block the cool water and backing away. At one point the giant panda, with its famous black and white fur, lost its footing as it attempted to get out of the firing line.
The gorgeous bear can be seen falling into a barrel roll as it decides staying dry is better than cooling down. The panda also takes to a wooden platform, peeking out from behind a post to see what's coming his way next .
I bet the next time the keeper comes around with the hose, he will find it alot more fun.