This is Rusty, the National Zoo’s Red Panda. He went missing from his enclosure late yesterday or early today and is on the lam here in DC.
Red Pandas, unlike their more famous brethren, are arboreals, which mean they live in the trees, and an escaped panda may be up in some of DC’s famous foliage. The Zoo would, however, like this cute little guy returned. If you see Rusty anywhere, and he’s not hanging out with Vlad Putin and Edward Snowden at the time, please give the Zoo a call at 202.633.4888