The National Zoo Reopens After The Government Shutdown, Pandemonium Ensues


1. At 10 a.m. ET, the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington unlocked its gates for the first time in 16 days.

3. More than a few people showed up to welcome the animals back after the government shut them down earlier this month.

5. Visitors received a warm welcome from the National Zoo staff.

6. Especially from this panda.

9. Welcome back, panda selfie!

10. OMG! Butterstick the baby panda is getting big!

11. The media covering the reopening seems to have developed an acute case of PANDA-MONIUM.

13. Welcome back, National Zoo! You’ve clearly been missed.

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