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Smithsonian's National Zoo has released a video of panda Bei Bei rolling around and having a great time in the snow earlier this week. Smithsonian's National Zoo/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Moke, a western lowland gorilla, was born on Sunday to great delight at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Roshan Patel/Smithsonian's National Zoo hide caption

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Bao Bao has been living separately from her mother, Mei Xiang, since March 2015. Connor Padraic Mallon/The Smithsonian's National Zoo hide caption

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Asian elephant Shanthi plays in an enclosure at the Elephant Community Center during the unveiling of the major expansion of the elephant house at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in 2013. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Bandar, a male tiger, plays with a ball made of tough plastic in the pool to keep cool on a hot day at the National Zoo. Courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo hide caption

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How Does A Tiger Keep Cool In This Heat? One Word: Bloodsicles

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Giant panda Mei Xiang, together with her cub Bao Bao at the National Zoo in 2014. As of Saturday, Bao Bao now has another sibling: Her mother just gave birth to a cub. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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The National Zoo's carousel is among dozens that Carousel Works has installed around the U.S., each made to fit in with its surroundings. James Clark/NPR hide caption

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No Mere Merry-Go-Round: Ohio Carousel Maker Carves From Scratch

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The New England Aquarium traded 800 mackerel for 12 puffins. OnceAndFutureLaura/Flickr hide caption

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A Dozen Puffins Will Get You 800 Mackerel: Inside The Weird Economy Of Zoos

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In this image from video provided by the Smithsonian National Zoo, Mei Xiang gives birth to a cub two hours after her water broke Friday. A second cub born Saturday was stillborn. AP hide caption

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