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Panda Cam Proves: Baby Panda Learned to Talk

Author: Reilly Capps/Friday, October 18, 2013/Categories: Uncategorized

By Reilly Capps

How long was the government shut down for? Seventeen days. Which doesn't seem like a lot. But one way to measure the time is by looking at the growth of the National Zoo's baby panda. Normally you can watch the little female cub on the zoo's panda cam like the voyeur you are. But the government shutdown turned the camera black.

While the camera was off, the panda grew by two pounds -- from three to five pounds. She also, by the looks of this video, learned to talk:

That panda is clearly saying "ow!", "Ow!" "OW!", because her keepers are apparently pinching her butt.

I don't have the next video, but I believe the panda then delivered a speech on fiscal responsibility and paying your debts, and suggested that the Washington Redskins change their name to the Washington Awesome Baby Pandas. She called Ted Cruz "flabby-jaws." She clearly relishes the panda-cam spotlight.

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