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Pierre Comizzoli (right), reproductive physiologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, performs an artificial insemination on giant panda Mei Xiang March 29, 2019. Don Neiffer (left), chief veterinarian at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, performs for the procedure. (Roshan Patel/Smithsonian's National Zoo)/Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute hide caption

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As of Wednesday, you won't be able to ride this bald eagle at the carousel at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The zoo and Smithsonian museums closed to the public because of the partial government shutdown. Matt McClain/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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If the current federal government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, continues past Jan. 1, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will close, effective Jan. 2. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Smithsonian's National Zoo has released a video of panda Bei Bei rolling around and having a great time in the snow earlier this week. Smithsonian's National Zoo/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Moke, a western lowland gorilla, was born on Sunday to great delight at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Roshan Patel/Smithsonian's National Zoo hide caption

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Bao Bao has been living separately from her mother, Mei Xiang, since March 2015. Connor Padraic Mallon/The Smithsonian's National Zoo hide caption

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Asian elephant Shanthi plays in an enclosure at the Elephant Community Center during the unveiling of the major expansion of the elephant house at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in 2013. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Bandar, a male tiger, plays with a ball made of tough plastic in the pool to keep cool on a hot day at the National Zoo. Courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo hide caption

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How Does A Tiger Keep Cool In This Heat? One Word: Bloodsicles

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