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National Zoo panda cam would go dark in gov't shutdown

National Zoo panda cam would go dark in gov't shutdown
This handout photo provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo, taken Aug. 29, 2013, shows teh zoo's Panda mother Mei Xiang with her cub at the zoo in Washington. (AP Photo/Smithsonian's National Zoo)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say the Smithsonian's National Zoo panda cam and all other live animal cameras will go dark in the event of a government shutdown. The zoo will be closed to visitors as well.

The zoo tweeted Monday that "None of our live animal cams will be broadcast." Officials say this includes the panda cam, which has been popular since the birth of a cub Aug. 23.

The zoo tweeted: "The cams (incl. the panda cams) require federal resources, especially staff, to run. They have not been deemed essential ..."

A spokeswoman for the zoo said the panda cam and others would go offline Tuesday morning when furloughed staff will be allowed to conduct an orderly shutdown.

Officials said a shutdown would not affect the feeding and care of the animals.
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