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“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)