National Zoo's 'Panda Cam' Endangered by Government Shutdown

Dan Joseph
By Dan Joseph | September 30, 2013 | 3:26 PM EDT

If the Federal Government is partially shut down beginning on Tuesday, one of the first causalities will be the National Zoo's "Panda Cam."

In a Tweet on Monday, the National Zoo confirmed that, in addition to the zoo being closed to tourists in the event of a shutdown, the 24-Hour Panda cam will cease to broadcast live video of Mei Xiang and her newborn panda cub.

It is unclear how much in taxpayer funds it takes to operate the Panda Cam, although the Panda Cam is listed as being sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund.

The National Zoo explained via Twitter that the Panda Cam's "require federal resources" in order operate and claimed that the Panda Cam has not been deemed "essential during a shutdown."

However, panda-lovers should not worry about the pandas' well-being despite the fact that they will not be able to track their movements and bamboo consumption during a government shutdown. While their camera feed will be cut off, they'll still be fed.

According to the National Zoo, "The animals will be fed & cared for. A #shutdown will not affect our commitment to the safety of our staff & excellence in animal care."

So fortunately, no adorable animals will starve to death as a result of Harry Reid's refusal to negotiate on Obamacare.

The Giant Panda Bear is native to south central China. And, while its diet is 99% bamboo, pandas also enjoy fruits, such as oranges and bananas.

Just watch this video and see what you'll be missing if the government shuts down.