Oh, wonderful day. The government shutdown ended last night, which means the Smithsonian National Zoo's panda cam, inexcusably deemed "non-essential" and thus turned off, is returning to fill our hours with joy. The organization posted this video of a giant panda cub, meanwhile announcing the camera's imminent return. (It's still down for the time being, but they're in the process of booting it back up.)
Unfortunately, we also missed precious memories of the baby panda during that time:
With the return of the cams, giant panda fans can once again watch the Zoo's eight week-old cub and her mother Mei Xiang. Since the panda cams went dark the cub has grown and passed several developmental milestones. She weighs five pounds (2.557 kilograms), up from 3.07 pounds (1.39 kilograms) at her veterinary exam September 26. She also has partially opened her eyes. Keepers noticed that her right eye had started to open October 4. By October 11, both her eyes had partially opened. Her ears are also fully open and she now reacts to the noises she hears in the panda house.
It's not fair! We'll never get those moments back! Darn. We'll just have to enjoy the next ones even more.