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10-01-2013, 10:36 PM
The National Zoo is closed, goats are out of work, and the monitoring of endangered species is on hold.

The government shutdown doesn’t only affect the American people, but also the nation's animals. Take a look at how the government’s failure to pass a spending plan will change the daily routines of animals in zoos, parks and wildlife refuges.


Cameras off
The National Zoo's beloved panda cam — as well as its dozen other animal Web cameras, including one for the newly arrived Sumatran tiger cubs — has gone dark. The zoo is now closed to visitors, but the shutdown won’t affect care of the animals. Veterinarians and all staff involved in the feeding and cleaning of animals are considered essential employees.

Out of work
Washington's budget impasse means 800,000 Americans won't be getting paid, but ivy-munching goats are also out of work. On Friday, Larry Cihanek removed his Nubian goats from the Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, N.J., and from Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, N.Y., in anticipation of the park closings. The herds had been helping eradicate poison ivy from the parks.

Parks closed, but critters still get care
All national parks and federal wildlife refuges are closed for the duration of the shutdown, and no fishing or hunting will be allowed on public lands.

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10-02-2013, 02:29 PM
Well, at least the care and feeding of animals is regarded as essential. The temporary ban on fishing and hunting on public lands is no bad thing, either. As for the goats, I'm sure that their owner will find them somewhere else to eat during the crisis.
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