The nation got its first glimpse in nearly three weeks of Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and the unnamed cub Thursday morning when the Smithsonian National Zoo brought a slate of live cameras back online. The cameras had been shuttered along with the rest of the zoo on Oct. 1 when the federal government closed. The zoo itself is still closed and will reopen to visitors on Friday.
Perhaps to satisfy the interest, the zoo posted online a video clip of the cub squealing adorably, apparently during a veterinary exam. She is now nearly eight weeks old and actually looks like a panda -- rather than the pink infant born to Mei Xiang in August. She's gained 2 pounds, begun to open her eyes and "now reacts to the noises she hears in the panda house," the zoo said.
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Also back online are over a dozen other zoo cameras, including views of leopards, fishing cats, gorillas and a particularly fuzzy window into the naked mole-rat's habitat.