giant panda cub

The giant panda cub at Smithsonian’s National Zoo grew a lot during the 16-day federal government shutdown. During that time, the panda cam was off and the Smithsonian did not post updates or pictures on their website, Facebook or Twitter. (credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

VIDEO: Panda Cub Has Grown Considerably Since Shutdown Began

While the partial federal government shutdown dragged on for nearly three weeks, a lot was going on at Smithsonian’s National Zoo although it was closed.


Photo credit: Courtney Janney, Smithsonian National Zoo

Protective Panda Mom Prevents 2nd Exam of Cub

Attempts by the panda team at the National Zoo to distract new mom Mei Xiang so they could examine her newborn cub Tuesday were unsuccessful.