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Missing Red Panda Found in DC


Courtesy: National Zoo/Twitter

Courtesy: National Zoo/Twitter

Animal keepers found and captured a red panda in Washington, D.C. after it went missing earlier in the day from its habitat at the National Zoo.

Residents in the DC neighborhood of Adams Morgan spotted Rusty the red panda, after the zoo had announced he was missing and began sending out messages about his disappearance on Twitter.

Rusty will be a year old in July and has been on display at the zoo for three weeks. He was previously at a zoo in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Zoo officials said they were surprised Rusty traveled so far from the zoo because red pandas are highly territorial. They said he should be back on exhibit in a few days where he will rejoin Shama, a 5-year-old female red panda that is also on display.

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