Our Last Panda and Cub Update before Panda-Monium

Photo courtesy of the National Zoo

This one will have to hold us a while – from the National Zoo:

“On Saturday Mei came out of her den in the morning looking for food when keepers arrived. That’s the first time she’s done that since the cub was born, which tells keepers that her appetite is returning to normal. Lately, she’s been waiting until they place bamboo in her enclosure before she comes out. On Sunday she left the den for more than 30 minutes.

Regarding the panda cam: If the federal government shuts down October 1, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo will be closed to the public. In addition to all events being canceled and all gates into the Zoo being closed, none of our live animal cams—including the panda cam—will be broadcast. The cams require federal resources, primarily staff, to run and broadcast, and they were deemed not essential in the case of a shutdown.

All the animals will continue to be fed and cared for. A shutdown will not affect our commitment to the safety of our staff and standard of excellence in animal care.”

3 Comment

  • It’s not high-resolution, but the Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta is a decent alternative for your cub fix in the meantime! And whoever mentioned Zooborns on a rant/rave thread a while back…damn you! [shakes fist] 😉

  • I’m a total panda-cam addict, and this hurts. Meanwhile, a big salute to all our federal workers. Your public service is noble and appreciated.

  • “All the animals will continue to be fed and cared for.” Not when Darrell Issa hears about that – suffer, pandas!!

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