The giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Aug. 23 receives her first veterinary exam in Washington in this handout photo taken Sept. 16, 2013. Courtney Janney / Reuters

The government shutdown ended early Thursday morning after President Obama quickly passed the bipartisan bill funding the government through Jan. 15, 2014.

While many are rejoicing the end of a 16-day showdown for political or econimic reasons, others are focused on more important things: the return of Panda Cam!

The Smithsonian’s blog announced this morning that the Smithsonian Museum will reopen today, and although the National Zoo won’t be reopening until Friday at 10 a.m., the Panda Cam is expected to return this afternoon. It also confirmed that later today the zoo promises to release an update of the panda cub’s growth over the past two weeks.

But overall, people are just happy about pandas…


Zoo spokesman Linda St. Thomas said that the Panda Cam should be turned on around noon today.

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