Happy Fuzzy Friday!! This week the news was all abuzz with word of a very fuzzy fugitive, Rusty, a red panda who escaped from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Rusty was last spotted on Sunday night at 6pm by the zookeepers and some time between then and 8am on Monday Rusty decided to go rogue. As red pandas are nocturnal, they spend most of their days sleeping in trees and have a tendency to stick close to their home, which in Rusty’s case would be the red panda exhibit at the Smithsonian National Zoo. While zookeepers were indeed anxious about where Rusty could have disappeared to on Monday, they speculated he was probably napping in a tree nearby the zoo, however they did not rule out the possibility that someone may have taken him. Frantic, the zookeepers alerted the public and by noon EST alerts about the panda’s disappearance were popping up everywhere, online in twitter feeds, on Facebook and in news reports coast to coast asking everyone in the DC area to be on the look out for runaway Rusty!
Well as they say, alls well that ends well, and thankfully in Rusty’s case this is true as the rascally red panda was finally spotted in some bushes in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood later Monday afternoon. The person who spotted Rusty, snapped a picture of the renegade red panda and posted it on twitter, soon after zoo officials were on the scene to take Rusty back to his home at the zoo. Rusty had only been on exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for three weeks prior to his escape after arriving in April from Nebraska. The roly poly red panda will turn one year old next month. Take a look at some pictures of Rusty’s great adventure down below!!
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