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Bao Bao the panda ‘stuck’ in tree at National Zoo on Christmas Eve

Bao Bao, the giant panda cub at the National Zoo, is refusing to come down from a tree.
Bao Bao, the giant panda cub at the National Zoo, is refusing to come down from a tree. Associated Press

Maybe if we all start singing Christmas carols together – like they did in the movie “Elf” – we can coax poor little Bao Bao the panda cub out of the tree she refuses to leave at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post reports that the cutie had a horrible fright on Tuesday when she touched a “hot wire” in her containment area at the zoo.

She was apparently so scared – a predictable reaction, according to the zoo – that now she’s refusing to come down from a tree where zookeepers say she feels safe.

The zoo is keeping the public updated on its Facebook page. The zoo let Bao Bao’s mom, Mei Xiang, stay outdoors with her overnight and a zookeeper stayed close by in case they decided to come indoors.

“Bao Bao is perfectly fine, and like all zoo animals, she is still learning the boundaries of her habitat” the Facebook post said. “The staff are adjusting the pandas’ routine today and are confident that Bao Bao will come down when she is ready.”

You can watch the progress on a web cam here.

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