Smithsonian’s Panda Cam Will Go Dark With Shutdown

As will the zoo itself

Caty Enders

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As if the threat of widespread furloughs and closures wasn’t enough, the Smithsonian just confirmed via tweet that the imminent government shutdown will make the extremely popular National Zoo Panda Cam go dark.

The Panda Cam broadcast Giant Panda Mei Xiang giving birth last month.

The National Zoo will close to visitors on Tuesday morning, and the furloughed staff will prepare to take care of the animals on a restricted budget.

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