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Rusty, the runaway red panda is found

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 00:53

June 25 - A red panda breaks out of a Washington D.C. zoo but is later found in a tree behind a nearby home. Elly Park reports.

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Rusty, the young red panda who had gone rogue from his Washington D.C. zoo home, has been found. After the news of his disappearance, the raccoon-sized animal became an internet sensation spawning hashtags, live-blogs and humorous twitter accounts. And it was social media that reunited Rusty with his keepers, as residents of the nearby Adams Morgan neighborhood spotted the wandering animal and tweeted his pictures. This is the tree where Rusty was found. Back at the zoo, keepers say that he is unharmed and healthy. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Brandi Smith, Senior Curator of Smithsonian National Zoo, saying (English) "He looks great, he's doing fine. We're going to keep him up at the hospital for a few days for observation and then he'll be back on his exhibit." It is still unclear how Rusty escaped his enclosure and the zoo is not ruling out the possibility that somebody let him out.

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Rusty, the runaway red panda is found

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 00:53