A day after panda cam turned back on, the National Zoo reopens
This photo provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo shows Mei Xiang's giant panda cub undergoing an exam on Oct. 11, 2013, at the zoo in Washington. The zoo was set to reopen on Friday, though the popular panda cam went live on Thursday morning, Oct. 17. By Oct, 11 exam, the cub had both her eyes partially open and she now is reacting to the noises she hears in the panda house.
Bill Clements,AP Photo/Smithsonian National Zoo
WASHINGTON A day after most furloughed federal employees wentback to work - and the popular "panda cam" was turned back on - the Smithsonian's National Zoo is open to visitors again.
The zoo opened its gates Friday morning. It was closed for nearly 3 weeksbecause of the government shutdown.
While giant panda Mei Xiang and her unnamed, 8-week-old female cub are still not on public display, visitors can see the cub's father, Tian Tian.
The cub's eyes have opened, and she can scoot around on her front legs.
Zoo director Dennis Kelly greeted visitors at the zoo's main gate Friday morning. The zoo is also offering a 10 percent discount on food and merchandise through Sunday.
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