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Red panda from National Zoo recovered

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A red panda named Rusty went missing from the National Zoo but was later recovered. (Photo by Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo) A red panda named Rusty went missing from the National Zoo but was later recovered. (Photo by Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo)
Rusty got a checkup at the zoo's vet hospital. (Photo by Connor Mallon, Smithsonian's National Zoo) Rusty got a checkup at the zoo's vet hospital. (Photo by Connor Mallon, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

The Smithsonian's National Zoo says it has recovered a missing a red panda.

A male named Rusty was not in his exhibit Monday morning when keepers went in to feed the red pandas, and officials were not sure how long he had been missing. He was fed and cared for Sunday evening at 6 p.m.

They found him on Monday afternoon and announced that he had been recovered, crated and headed safely back to the zoo.

The red panda had made its way the Adams Morgan section of the city. It was not clear how it got out of the zoo.

Red pandas are arboreal, territorial animals. They prefer to stick very close to their home range, which in Rusty"s case is his exhibit. Red pandas typically spend the warm daytime hours resting or sleeping up in trees.

Animal care staff had been combing the trees around Asia Trail and the upper half of the Zoo since 8 a.m. Monday morning.

Zoo officials had worried that someone might have taken him.

Red pandas have the same fire-red fur as a fox, with a long, banded tail. They have white faces with large, pointed ears, and weigh about ten pounds.

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