Oct. 18 - After being closed for over two weeks due to a partial government shutdown, the National Zoo reopens with cheers, and the 'panda cam' is back on. Gavino Garay reports
After being closed for more than two weeks due to a partial government shutdown, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. reopens with cheers from zoo-goers, who are welcomed back with signs and smiles from Zoo staff. (NAT SOUND - CHEERS) Zoo worker Jennifer Daniels talks about the reopening: (SOUNDBITE) JENNIFER DANIELS SAYING: "We're very excited, one of the reasons that I work here is that I love my job, and I was really looking forward to doing the projects that were just about to start." The shutdown caused national parks to close, including the Grand Canyon and Statue of Liberty, but also locked visitors out of landmarks like the National Zoo, home to a new eight-week old panda cub. (NAT SOUND) The Zoo is a hot tourist destination year-round. Many were turned away during the shutdown. (SOUNDBITE) ZOO VISITOR ZACHARY PURINGTON SAYING: "We tried to come yesterday, still wasn't open yet, so we were turned away, so we decided to get here bright and early and check the animals out today." President Barack Obama signed a last-minute bill in the early hours on October 17 to fund the government through January 15, which enabled furloughed workers to return to their jobs.