Much to the relief of worried fans around the world, panda cub Bao Bao came down from a tree she’d climbed the day before after touching a live wire, a Smithsonian National Zoo spokeswoman said Thursday.
The 16-month-old cub went up the tree Tuesday afternoon after touching an electrified wire that was designed to keep her in her containment area, zoo officials explained in a Facebook post Wednesday that was “liked” by more than 1,100 people. The zoo officials said that the cub’s reaction was “predictable” and that she was fine, but they decided to let her mother, Mei Xiang, stay with her in the yard overnight and kept a zookeeper in the nearby panda house as well.
Sometime Christmas Eve, the cub came down, spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson said Thursday, noting that the panda was outside during a rainy period in Washington.
The panda is in fine shape and is used to being wet because it comes from the chilly and rainy forests of China, the spokeswoman said.
The news was sure to relieve Bao Bao’s fans, who had taken to the zoo’s Facebook page to analyze the cub and its mother as the saga unfolded.
“Sounds like life with teenagers, who test the limits, stay out all night, and cause their parents no end of worry!” one person wrote.
“What amazed me is the deep concern of MeiXiang,” another said.
Multiple people on Wednesday reported having stayed up all night watching the “Panda live cam” — which was down Thursday as the cub had descended.
“Thank you for the update. I sat up most of the night babysitting her & Mei,” another fan wrote.
Michael E. Ruane contributed to this report.