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National Zoo closes early on account of snow

Sad panda

Mei Xiang the giant panda at the Smithsonian National Zoo (2015)
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First it was government shutdown that shuttered the Smithsonian National Zoo, but now it’s the weather. On Friday morning, the zoo announced on Twitter that it would close at 10 a.m.

The zoo reopened on a regular basis last Tuesday, following the temporary resolution of the partial federal government shutdown, which damaged the local economy through reduced tourism and business. Today, about an inch of snow is expected, per the Washington Post.

While it keeps falling, please enjoy this clip of Bei Bei the giant panda frolicking in the snow: