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.

29 comments
JustinFeltman
JustinFeltman

Brilliant work! Sad to see it go but definitely appreciated the fix while it lasted!

dschultz
dschultz

Thank you so much for this "cam!" It has been a bright spot in the insanity of the shutdown. Lemonade out of lemons, with a touch of whimsy! You guys rock!!

Tai'sAuntieCarol
Tai'sAuntieCarol

Thank you so much for this brilliant, creative idea!  Us panda-holics have missed our panda cam and this sure helped a lot!!  Hope you will continue to entertain us with your fun ideas.

dbparente
dbparente

Thanks for putting this up!  I've appreciated the creativity in scene and outfit changes over the past couple weeks.  

thisissoboring
thisissoboring

Hey Panda Cam - that message for me?!  AWESOME.

thisissoboring
thisissoboring

that panda is totally neglected - someone please call peta

K.M.Kowalski
K.M.Kowalski

Woo hoo. Thank you!
Bethany LOVES pandas!

K.M.Kowalski
K.M.Kowalski

Yes, please give the panda a "Happy Birthday, Bethany" sign for a bit. 
Bethany loves pandas so much that she once used up half a roll of REAL FILM (back int he day) taking photos of her largest stuffed panda wearing a riding helmet.
And thank you for bringing the joy of panda cam to the world while the government is shut down. 

titania
titania

It's my sister Bethany's birthday today, and she LOVES pandas (and is distraught that the live panda cam is down).   Would you be willing to give the panda a 'happy birthday Bethany' sign for a little bit?  Please??  

A.Chan
A.Chan

Someone turn the page for that poor panda D: 


Kbskate
Kbskate

Is that the bunny from Holy Grail? Love that the panda has some friends.

Sneech
Sneech

Needs more wildlife!

cmonstah
cmonstah

OMG, that's Howard's Scream inflatable, isn't it?

toddsmoyer
toddsmoyer

Thank science for this, I was starting to have a mental breakdown when I realized the government shutdown meant no more pandas.