WASHINGTON — The National Zoo's beloved panda cam and all other live animal cameras from the zoo have been turned back on after the government shutdown.
The zoo itself was closed to visitors starting October 1. A zoo spokeswoman says the live animal cameras went offline that Tuesday morning and furloughed staff will be allowed to conduct an orderly shutdown. Officials say the shutdown won't affect care of the animals.
The zoo tweeted Monday that "The cams (incl. the panda cams) require federal resources, especially staff, to run. They have not been deemed essential ..."
The panda cam has been popular since the birth of a new cub on Aug. 23. Here is the link to watch the panda cam.