Since traveling too far outside of our backyards is out of the question these days, many popular attractions are bringing experiences to would-be visitors virtually. The Smithsonian Zoo's live panda cams are bringing smiles to many around the world. You can view these adorable furballs at any time of day.
The Smithsonian National Zoo, also known as The National Zoological Park, is one of the oldest zoos in the nation. It's part of the Smithsonian Institution, which makes it completely free to visit under normal scheduling.
There are 14 exhibits ranging from a cheetah conservation center to the primates exhibit. From home, you can view a few of these exhibits through the 24-hour webcams the zoo has provided.
There's a cam for so many different animals — cheetah cubs, naked mole rats, lions, elephants, and of course, giant pandas.
Pandas are some of the funniest animals to watch because they're similar to kids, no matter how old they are.
They roll around and climb the trees in their habitat and will just put a smile on your face.
Mei Xiang (meaning "beautiful fragrance") is a female and was born in 1998. She currently weighs approximately 233 pounds. She was born at the China Research and Conservation Center.
Tian Tian (meaning "more and more") is a male who was also born at the China Research and Conservation Center, in 1997. He weighs about 264 pounds.
The keepers and veterinarians on staff are still working on-site to make sure the animals are safe and secured, according to the website. So while they work behind the scenes, you can catch the animals enjoying the current quiet of their abodes.