The Government Shut Down Its Panda Cam, So We Made Our Own

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Fresh on the heels of the government shutdown, the National Zoo’s glorious livestream, which provides us with our much-needed daily panda fix, has been deemed “nonessential” and subsequently shuttered. If you’re desperate for a panda cam to help you get through your day and other animal cams just aren’t cutting it, check out TIME‘s very own panda cam livestream.

We set up a panda on a stool in our office, and he will be continuously hugged, fed fake bamboo and forced to transcribe interviews throughout the day. He’s not as cute as a real panda, but with the shutdown going strong, he’ll just have to do.