The command center for the panda house at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Mei Xiang is on the upper left monitor and Tian Tian on the right. Their cub Xiao Qi Ji is in the center. Click on the image for a larger view.
A panda with its back against the glass barrier feeding at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Many of the animals were indoors because of the whether in DC–it is cooler than their natural climate, although the giant panda do enjoy snow days. This is the male, Tian Tian. Click on the image for a larger view.
Washington is not surprisingly a political place. The holiday season had its share of protests. The first is a voting rights demonstration outside the White House, the second was a white supremacist rally on the National Mall, ending at the Capitol Building. The police response was very different for each. Click on the images for a larger view.