‘Panda cam’ to go dark in shutdown – CNN.com

From CNN.COM – The Panda and her cub have gone dark.

The government shutdown has claimed one of its most beloved casualties: the National Zoo’s panda cam.

But animal lovers can rest assured that the zoo’s endangered Giant Pandas — Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and an unnamed newborn cub — will still be fed and cared for, the zoo said.

The Smithsonian Institution was required to shutter many non-essential programs during the shutdown, including the Washington, D.C., zoo and its museums, because it receives federal funding.