Petting Zoo Endangered

The National Zoo's Kids' Farm could close in the spring or early summer due to alleged budget cuts -- although as CityPaper gamely points out, "the Smithsonian asked for $100 million more in appropriations for FY 2012 than it received in its last appropriation. The president included that rather large increase in his budget plan."

A hundred million dollars, and none of that is slated to help us... errr, kids... snuggle with infant lambs? What is this world coming to?

A new Facebook group has popped up to help us face this terrifying prospect, although it has a dearth of adorable animal photos. The group is trying to determine a suitable demonstation, which might involve a sit-in for toddlers. You can also contact the National Zoo via this online form.

Remember, the zoo isn't all about pandas and lion cubs. There are goats who need their noses rubbed.

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