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Update: Red Panda Missing From National Zoo

Rusty was spotted in Adams Morgan and transported back to the zoo.

Rusty. Photograph via the National Zoo's Twitter account.

UPDATE: Rusty was spotted in Adams Morgan crossing 20th Street, Northwest, this afternoon around 1:30 PM, according to Washington City Paper. Shortly after, he was recovered and transported back to the zoo.

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo released word on Monday that its new red panda, Rusty, is missing from his habitat. He was last seen around 6 PM on Sunday, according to the zoo’s Twitter account. 

Rusty recently came to the zoo from the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Nebraska and was released into his habitat with the zoo’s other red panda, Shama, early this month. If you see Rusty, don’t approach him. Keep a safe distance and notify the zoo at 202-633-4888.

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