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Giant panda cub records video wishing Capitals good luck

by Taryn Bray @tarynbray /

The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's 4.5 month old giant panda cub is an adorable internet sensation. The cub was born to mother Mei Xiang and father Tian Tian this past August. 

The public voted on one of four names for the panda and the winner was Xiao Qi Ji, which translates as "little miracle" in English. 

There have been several giant panda cubs born right here in D.C. at the Smithsonian and as part of the Zoo's cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all cubs born at the Zoo move to China when they are 4 years old.

On Thursday morning, just hours before the Capitals first game Buffalo, the Zoo posted the cutest video of Xiao Qi Ji playing with a giant hockey puck in his habitat to wish the Caps good luck on their season. 

Tweet from @NationalZoo: Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji and @capitals? 🐼 Slapshot 🏒 straight to the heart. ������ Sending love to D.C. and our hometown team as they start their season tonight. Go Caps! #ALLCAPS #PandaStory

Who knew panda cubs were such big hockey fans?! Maybe he'll be the Capitals "little miracle" this season. 

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