‘Sad Kid at the Zoo’ photo from Reddit goes viral, tugs heartstrings

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This kid just wanted to go to the zoo, but due to the government shutdown, it is temporarily closed.
Credit: Reddit/superbonnie

This innocent photo, uploaded by Reddit user superbonnie, has gone viral in just over a day.

The photo pictures a little boy standing at the gates of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., unaware of all the political squabble about the government shutdown that began on Oct. 1, resulting in the closure of parks, zoos and government offices across the country.

The photo is known as “Sad Kid at the Zoo” on the Internet, but the original name in the Reddit thread is, “Please Open The Government.” Both titles seem appropriate.

At the end of the day, this child just wanted to explore the zoo and see animals. Instead, he is greeted with a locked gate and a sign letting him know the zoo is closed due to the government shutdown.


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