The Daily Treat: 7 Pictures to Help You Survive the Panda Cam Shutdown

The closest you’ll get to the panda cam today


updated 10/02/2013 AT 12:00 PM ET

originally published 10/02/2013 AT 2:30 PM ET

When the government shut down on Tuesday, so did our hearts. (Insert violin.)

You see, amid all of the uncertainty and talk of furloughing that, to our surprise, has nothing to do with furry animals, we no longer can watch the Smithsonian’s National Zoo panda cam. Or the octopus cam. Or the cheetah cam. We’d take the naked mole rat cam at this point, but that’s gone dark, too.

With no end in sight, here are seven images (including the one on the left) of pandas being pandas because pandas. Panda cam, our love, you’ve gotten us through so many bad hair days, sleepless nights and breakups, but for now, we just have to focus on filling this void. We know this doesn’t change anything, but it’s all we have right now.

When we found out the panda cam was non-essential, we were all like:

We don’t want to live in a world without the panda cam.


Non-essential is just so … harsh

What is there in life besides pandas, though?


Like, we’re not even pandas and our feelings are hurt

What can we look forward to now?

Ken Bohn

We just wish we had some panda friends to lean on, you know?

There’s a void in our hearts that can’t be filled without the panda cam.


Someone who gets us like only a panda could

There’s also a void in our schedules – what to do with all of this free panda cam-less time?


But though much is uncertain, this we know: Together, we’re going to get through this

Panda cam, we’ll wait for you even if we have to wait forever.