The photo of a child holding onto the locked gate at the National Zoo rocketed across the Internet on Thursday, seemingly capturing the shutdown’s impact in a singular way:
— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) October 10, 2013
But who is the child in question? And how did it make its way to Reddit, the social news site, and seemingly everywhere else after that?
As The Post’s Anne Midgette explains in this post, it turns out that she actually knows the child in question. (Washington can be a small town.)
There is, it’s true, something scary, or sad, about this picture. But it’s not the shutdown. It’s that a father took his son out for a walk in the neighborhood and sent a funny snapshot to his wife, and she put it up on Instagram, and someone else put it up on Facebook, and someone else put it up on Reddit, and within a matter of hours, bam, there was the toddler on the NBC Nightly News, fair game for commenters around the nation.
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