The cutest victims of the government shutdown may well be the giant pandas at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC. Don't worry, the actual fuzzsters are just fine. It's our vicarious enjoyment of them that has taken a blow. The live panda cam has gone dark until Congress can sort out its budget issues.
The panda cam has been a great pick-me-up at any time, but especially so now that mama panda Mei Xiang has a cute little cub on display. The baby was born on August 23. Cam-watchers have seen it grow from a nearly hairless little stub of a cutebug into a pint-sized critter with all the right panda markings.… Read more