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Exclusive: Smithsonian Channel slates “Miracle Panda” doc, narrated by Lucy Liu

Smithsonian Channel will premiere The Miracle Panda, a new nature documentary narrated by award-winning actor Lucy Liu, on April 20 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. It will also debut ...
March 30, 2022

Smithsonian Channel will premiere The Miracle Panda, a new nature documentary narrated by award-winning actor Lucy Liu, on April 20 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. It will also debut on Smithsonian Channel in the UK and Latin America the same day.

The film tells the story of  Xiao Qi Ji, the “Little Miracle,” who was born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in August 2020 against all odds.

At the height of a global pandemic, a mama bear considered too old to become pregnant was granted one more chance to welcome a cub, despite a shortage of zoo staff and a small window of opportunity. A global team of animal keepers, veterinarians and conservationists who have worked tirelessly to try to save the species were eventually rewarded with the arrival of a panda bear cub, which became an international symbol of joy and hope.

This emotional documentary follows a family of pandas at the zoo and also highlights a successful 50-year collaboration between scientists, veterinarians, panda keepers and conservationists from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute and their counterparts in China to save giant pandas from extinction.

The Miracle Panda is executive produced by Liz McLeod for Meridian Line Films, Wang Yuanyuan for CICC and Tria Thalman for MTV Entertainment Studios.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of The Miracle Panda and help tell the amazing story of Xiao Qi Ji,” Lucy Liu said in a release. “The film is a moving tribute to the important partnership between the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute and China that has made incredible progress in saving the giant pandas we all love. Xiao Qi Ji’s birth was a bright moment for the world during a tough time, and he continues to bring joy to animal lovers, like myself, everywhere.”

Photo: Smithsonian Channel/YouTube

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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