Watch newborn panda playing in the snow at Washington DC zoo

It was the first time the female cub had seen snow - and she was rather excited

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The Independent US

Prepare yourselves for scenes of extreme cuteness.

Footage has been released of a newborn panda cub rolling around in the snow at a zoo in Washington DC.

The 16-month-old giant female panda cub called Bao Bao was spotted frolicking in the blanket of snow yesterday. 

It was the first time Bao Bao had seen snow and she spent most of the morning tumbling down a snow-covered hill in her enclosure.

In the short video from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Bao Bao playfully pounces on her mother Mei Xiang as a heavy snow fall hits the zoo.

Bao Bao was born on 23 August 2013 and only weighed 4.5oz but she is now a lively cub, as the video shows.

Giant pandas have become an endangered species and are a rarity outside of China. It is believed that there are less than 2,000 pandas left in the world.

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park is just one of four wildlife centres in the US to have pandas.