UPDATEAn escaped red panda named "Rusty" is heading back to the National Zoo.  The animal had been missing since last evening.  A call was put out to the public to be on the lookout for it.  Officials haven't made clear exactly where the red panda was found.  A red panda sort of looks like a raccoon with reddish fur. 

A red panda named Rusty has pulled an Edward Snowden and gone missing. No word on whether he's bound for Ecuador.

Rusty was last seen in his exhibit at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. And then—abracadabra!—Rusty vanished.

The zoo posted this alert to its Twitter feed on Monday morning:

In a series of Twitter updates, the zoo wrote that zookeepers have scoured trees but have not been able to find him. "Red pandas are wild animals, & will bite if cornered or scared," the zoo warned. "If you do see Rusty, don’t try to approach him. Stay where you can safely keep an eye on him & alert the Zoo (202.633.4888) immediately."

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