Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo. On Wednesday morning, that proved to be dramatically incorrect.
With the federal government shut down, Washington’s famed National Zoo is closed to the public. Much of its staff is furloughed. But somewhere in there, a baby panda is doing panda stuff without a camera to live-stream it to the world.
After countless phone calls to zoo officials turned up only a “sorry, we’re shut down” message, it was time to get to the bottom of exactly who is still working at the zoo, and what animals we could still find there.
I attempted to sneak into the zoo through the back entrance. After all, if slipping through the back door works in movies, maybe it also works at the zoo during a shutdown. It did not.