So, yeah, this happened. Sometime late last night (June 23, 2013) the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., comically misplaced a male red panda named Rusty. When officials went to feed the infant this morning, they discovered that he had—somehow—busted out of his exhibit. Because red pandas are territorial animals, it’s very unlikely that Rusty has wandered “far from his home range, in his case his exhibit,” according to the zoo’s Twitter page. A zoo official told NBC that, “Rusty is either well, but hunkered down, sick or deceased, or taken by a visitor.” Or perhaps, like another wanted fugitive currently enjoying his 15 minutes of fame, Rusty’s not on a plane headed for Havana?
UPDATE: Rusty has been found, safe and sound. You can all go back to work now, folks.
Photo: National Zoo