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Red Panda Found After Escape From National Zoo

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Animal keepers from the National Zoo have captured a red panda in a Washington neighborhood after it went missing from its enclosure at the zoo.
    
National Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson says the male named Rusty was captured Monday afternoon in a bush in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.
    
The red panda is being taken to the zoo's animal hospital for a checkup.
    
Unlike giant pandas, red pandas are not members of the bear family. Red pandas are slightly bigger than a domestic cat and look similar to a raccoon. They are listed as vulnerable in the wild.
    
Rusty arrived at the zoo in April from the zoo in Lincoln, Neb., and was in quarantine for several weeks until he went on exhibit in early June.
    
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UPDATE: Rusty the red panda has been recovered after his escape from the National Zoo, according to the zoo's Twitter account:

"Rusty the red panda has been recovered, crated & is headed safely back to the National Zoo! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us look for and find him!"

Stay with 8News for updates.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Zookeepers are searching for a red panda that has gone missing from its enclosure in Washington.
    
National Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson says animal keepers discovered the male named Rusty was missing Monday morning. They began searching the zoo at 8 a.m.
    
Unlike giant pandas, red pandas are not members of the bear family. Red pandas are slightly bigger than a domestic cat and are listed as vulnerable in the wild.
    
They are highly territorial, so Baker-Masson says it's unlikely that Rusty traveled far. He is likely hiding high in a tree branch.
    
Animal keepers last saw him Sunday evening about 6 p.m. when he was fed and appeared healthy. They believe he may stay in hiding during the day. They are also looking at the possibility that Rusty is sick or that someone took him.

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