A volunteer in a panda suit gets a high-five from a child near the entrance to the National Zoo on the first day of its reopening since the end of the 16-day U.S. federal government shutdown in Washington on Friday. Most of the Smithsonian Institution's museums and other facilities re-opened on Thursday, including the National Zoo's popular online Panda Cam, though traffic was so heavy that it took some doing to see it. The zoo reopened on Friday.
Slideshow: Government Shutdown
Our national nightmare is over: Panda cam returns
First published October 18 2013, 11:40 AM