Giant panda puts on an Olympic-style show at the Toronto Zoo

Toronto has been twice-denied the chance to host an Olympics, but that hasn’t stopped one the city’s biggest stars from putting on a gold medal performance at home.

Da Mao, a giant panda at the Toronto Zoo, proved his agility in winter sports during a record-breaking snowfall that closed the facility early on Feb. 5. A security camera caught the black and white bear in his outdoor habitat doing a 360 in the snow and somersaulting off some rocks.

Da Mao sure seemed to enjoy himself,” the zoo posted on YouTube, where the footage has been viewed almost 3 million times. 

Give this animal athlete top marks for creativity – and for braving the polar vortex.

Da Mao and panda partner Er Shun joined the Toronto Zoo from their home base in China last March.


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