According to an article published by CNN Money on Oct. 17, the panda cam that airs streaming video of pandas from the Smithsonian National Zoo is back online. The cameras were turned on Thursday for the first time since the government shutdown forced them off the air.
CNN Money reports that officials at the Smithsonian National Zoo had to turn off the panda cam on Oct. 1 when government officials failed to agree on a short-term budget bill, and forced the first government shutdown in 17 years.
The panda cam gives viewers a glimpse inside the zoo's Panda House where Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and an unnamed cub live. Reports indicate that Mei Xiang gave birth to the cub on Aug. 23, and that the cub is female.
Zoo officials warned that due to the overwhelming number of connections being made to the panda cam there are some hiccups in the system. These hiccups could lead to some views having problems veiwing the panda cam.
The Smithsonian National Zoo's website reports that the zoo will re-open its doors on Friday, Oct. 18. However, the Panda House will remain closed due to the birth of Mei Xiang's cub. Visitors will still be able to see Tian Tian when he is outside the Panda House.
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