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San Diego’s Panda Cam crashes due to overload

The San Diego Zoo's pandas have become such cyberstars that their Panda Cam got caught in a popularity crunch.
Panda Birth
A new panda, upper right, born Aug. 5 is shown via a closed-circut camera in the birthing den in the zoo in San Diego. It was the fifth birth for mother, Bai Yun. Ken Bohn / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

The San Diego Zoo's pandas have become such cyberstars that their Panda Cam got caught in a popularity crunch.

The zoo says the online camera feed, which monitors 300-pound mom Bai Yun and her 4-ounce, 1-day-old cub, crashed Thursday morning because of increased Internet traffic. The zoo's blogs went down about the same time.

Zoo spokeswoman Jenny Mehlow said Friday the cam was down for about 30 minutes. The blogs have been up and down since the crash and no solution has been found.

Bai Yun gave birth to the cub Wednesday. It's her fifth cub and only the 14th panda in the United States.