‘Rusty’ the missing red panda has been found: National Zoo

Posted at 5:47 PM, Jun 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-24 17:53:51-04
(Photo/National Zoo)

(Photo/National Zoo)

WASHINGTON DC (PIX 11) —An endangered red panda reported missing from its home at the Washington National Zoo early Monday morning has been found, according to officials.

The male red panda, named ‘Rusty’, was last seen at its Sunday feeding at 6 p.m. National Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson says that Rusty was reported missing by animal keepers around 8 a.m.

Rusty was recovered in the nearby Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington D.C. and was taken to the zoo’s animal hospital for a full checkup.

Rusty came from the Lincoln Children’s Zoo and will be a year old in July. The red panda had been on display for a just a few weeks before going on the lam Monday. Sources from the zoo have still yet to report the condition of the panda since its return.