Twin pandas born at Smithsonian’s National Zoo! The zoo’s “panda guy” talks pandas at TEDxFoggyBottom

The second retrieved giant panda cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. (Photo: Pamela Baker-Masson, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

The second retrieved giant panda cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. (Photo: Pamela Baker-Masson, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

On Saturday, one of Smithsonian’s National Zoo resident giant pandas — Mei Xiang — gave birth to twins. At TEDxFoggyBottom in Washington D.C., Dr. Bill McShea, the National Zoo’s “panda guy” gave a hilarious talk on the endangered, but fiercely popular bears.

The senior research scientist at the National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has studied the cuddly creatures for years, becoming an expert on their behaviors, habits and why we find them so irresistible.

To celebrate these cubs’ birth, we bring you McShea‘s talk — in which he shares oodles on info. on the giant panda, from why they have six fingers to the ins-and-outs of life in a wild panda forest, to how the world’s “panda love sickness” helps scientists protect wildlife:

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