National Zoo's panda cam back online after government shutdown ends

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Published on January 29, 2019 - Duration: 01:29s

National Zoo's panda cam back online after government shutdown ends

The National Zoo opened to the public for the first time in more than three weeks and its popular online "Panda Cam" came back online after a record-breaking 35-day partial U.S. government shutdown.

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National Zoo's panda cam back online after government shutdown ends

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The National Zoo opened to the public for the first time in more than three weeks and its popular online "Panda Cam" came back online on Tuesday (January 29) after a record-breaking 35-day partial U.S. government shutdown, showing a live picture of giant pandas climbing down a tree and feasting on bamboo and snacks.

The zoo was closed to the public from Jan.

2-28, but during the shutdown, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's animal care team still came to work and caught giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Bei Bei on camera frolicking in the snow from Jan.

12 to 13.

On Jan.

9, a brown kiwi chick hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

The longest government shutdown ended on Friday (Jan.

25) when U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to end the partial government shutdown amid under mounting pressure as the effects spread across the country.

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