Missing red panda from National Zoo found

2013-06-24 22:12
A red panda (also known as a lesser panda) is seen in it's enclosure at the Beijing zoo.

A red panda (also known as a lesser panda) is seen in it's enclosure at the Beijing zoo. (Mark Ralston)

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Washington - Animal keepers from the National Zoo have captured a red panda in a Washington neighbourhood after it went missing from its enclosure at the zoo.

National Zoo spokesperson Pamela Baker-Masson says the male named Rusty was captured on Monday afternoon in a bush.

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 and was in quarantine for several weeks until he went on exhibit in early June.

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