Flashback: June 24, 2013

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Photo via @NationalZoo

Red Panda, Rusty, Missing from National Zoo

@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)

3 Comment

  • I loved this story. Part of me hoped the critter would not be recaptured. Freedom.

  • niceflipflop

    My wife and I lived in the front right ground floor unit of the Biltmore back then and we were on vacation at the beach in NC when this was going down. We were watching the news and joked, “Heh, ‘lil guy is probably in our hood.” A few hours later, it was announced he’d been found…In the grassy nook outside our living room, where the HVAC compressors are, and where our mutt would sit for hours and watch squirrels. Had we been home, he no doubt would’ve spotted Rusty and we might have gotten our seven seconds of fame. tl;dr Rusty was found in the nook between our kitchen and living room. We were out of town.

  • Run, Rusty, run.

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