Shutdown Diverts Butterflies from Smithsonian

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(Photo credit: MARIO VAZQUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: MARIO VAZQUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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ROANOKE, Va. — First ponies and pandas, now butterflies. Is no wildlife sacred during this federal government shutdown?

The Science Museum of Western Virginia is getting some unexpected visitors because of the ongoing impasse in Congress.

Media outlets report that the museum in Roanoke will receive more than 140 butterflies on Tuesday from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond.

Normally, the botanical garden sends its butterflies to the Smithsonian in D.C. for the winter. The Smithsonian museums, however, are closed because of the shutdown.

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