Red panda goes rogue at the National Zoo!

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  • Rusty the red panda went missing last night, but has been found!
  • The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., called a search for the missing mammal
Red panda goes rogue at the National Zoo!

UPDATE: Rusty has been found!!! A sergeant from the DC Humane Society told CNN Rusty was calm, and was found 20-30 feet up in a tree in a residential neighborhood not far from the zoo. So Rusty's Great Adventure comes to a close, and we can all breathe easy.

You guys, the National Zoo is apparently missing one of their red pandas. This is distressing for many reasons, not the least of which is the little guy is named Rusty, and Rusty is an excellent name for a red panda. Also, how does a red panda get lost at a zoo?! Definitely a code red situation (no pun intended).

The National Zoo tweeted the alarming news, along with some facts about red pandas. Did you know, they are arboreal creatures, and will totally bite you if you try and approach them? Not included, but still true: Red pandas are definitely one of the most cutest animals ever, Top 20 at least.

Are you freaked out yet? Because if you're not, the National Zoo would like to remind you:

OK, now we're freaked out. #SaveRusty!

(But seriously, someone should probably find this little guy, and if for some reason you are in D.C. and spot a red panda toddling down Connecticut Avenue, please let someone know. Don't touch him though, he will bite. They tried to warn you.)

 

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