Phew! National Zoo Finds Missing Red Panda
Everybody breathe again – Rusty, the missing red panda, has been located!
The cuddly-looking red panda, who went missing on Sunday evening from his enclosure at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., was found thanks to a Twitter photo that showed him climbing through a bush.
A zoo spokeswoman told PEOPLE that zoo officials saw Ashley Foughty’s photo and were promptly able to locate the animal in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of D.C. It’s unclear how Rusty escaped his enclosure, but he appears to be “just fine” following his escape, the spokeswoman said. He’s currently being monitored at the zoo’s Department of Animal Health.
“He was not in his exhibit this morning when keepers went in to feed the red pandas, and we are not sure how long he has been missing,” read a message on the zoo’s Facebook page.
It doesn’t appear that Rusty, who will turn 1 next month, suffered any trauma during his overnight adventure, the spokeswoman said. But he has likely requested his favorite meal: grapes!