WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s panda cam is back online, but the zoo itself is taking more time to reopen after the government shutdown.
The webcam went live Thursday morning giving fans a view of the larger cub wriggling about as mom Mei Xiang tucked her paws under her chin and watched.READ MORE: Adult Entertainment Resumes In Baltimore Friday Afternoon After City Agrees To Lift COVID Restriction
Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson says they reached capacity — 850 connections at once — within 10 minutes. Viewers are limited to 15 minutes before they must refresh.READ MORE: 'We Cannot Accept This': Teens Shot In Baltimore Thursday Still In Hospital, One In Grave Condition; Police Following Leads
The zoo will reopen to the public on Friday. Baker-Masson says the staff needs time to check all the buildings and grounds. The zoo is working to restore staffers’ regular schedules.
The zoo will welcome visitors back with discounts and free carousel rides for visitors under 18 through Sunday.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott To Hold COVID-19 News Conference
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