You can watch the National Zoo's yet un-named female panda cub be nursed by her mother Mei Xiang right now on the zoo's panda cam. Go do it, I'll wait. But if congressional leaders are unable to come to an agreement to avoid a government shutdown, the roughly half of federal employees who will be affected won't even have the solace of watching the panda cub to distract them from their lack of paychecks.
The zoo announced on Twitter that the all live animal cams would go dark during a shutdown, along with in real life public options.
During a #shutdown, all vehicle, pedestrian & bike paths into the Zoo will be closed. None of our live animal cams will be broadcast.
— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) September 30, 2013