Red Panda, Rusty, Missing from National Zoo

Photo via @NationalZoo

@NationalZoo tweets:

“We are looking for a missing red panda, a male named Rusty. He was last seen at 6 p.m. last night.”

The Adams Morgan Listserv adds:

Animal care staff have been combing the trees around the Zoo since 8 a.m. He could be sick & hiding, or someone could have taken him.

Please help us keep an eye out for Rusty. Remember: red pandas are wild animals, & will bite if cornered or scared.

Red pandas typically spend the warm daytime hours resting, so it’s likely Rusty is somewhere in or near the Zoo hiding in a tree.

Red pandas are arboreal, territorial animals, so it would be unusual for Rusty to wander far from his home range, in his case his exhibit.

If you do see Rusty, don’t try to approach him. Stay where you can safely keep an eye on him & alert the Zoo (202.633.4888)

9 Comment

  • Sounds like he was stolen. I’ve seen their pen and it would be very difficult for Rusty to escape.

    I hoping he will be recovered but he’s probably being sold to a very rich person.

  • Better check with that lady who stole the kitten.

  • Obama is taking the Snowden revenge too far. Kidnapping the Chinese red panda as payback!

  • he probably just went to Wheaton like all the other Chinese that used to be in DC

  • if seen, gently call “here Rusty, here Rusty” in non-threatening baby-coo voice. also responds to rhythmic sound of open palms slapping on upper thigh.

  • Rusty has been found! He was chillin’ at Madame’s Organ. Seems nobody, at least the patrons noticed.

  • National Zoo tweeted that Rusty has been found (presumably safe) & is on his way back to the Zoo.

  • washington20009

    They just captured him at 19th and Biltmore. Good work by Smithsonian Zoo and MPD.

  • He probably wanted to get away from all those noisy tourists and their kids.

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