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EMERGENCY ALERT: Very Adorable Red Panda Missing From National Zoo

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Fess up: who stole Rusty the red panda from the National Zoo? Invite me over?

Rusty was last seen at The Smithonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. at 6 P.M. last night. Where did he go? "He could be sick and hiding, or someone could have taken him," according to the Zoo's Twitter. Rusty!!!

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Illustration for article titled EMERGENCY ALERT: Very Adorable Red Panda Missing From National Zoo

Can't the NSA tell us where he is? Keep checking Twitter for updates.

Update: Someone saw him in her bushes!!

Update #2:

Rusty the red panda has been recovered, crated & is headed safely back to the National Zoo!

ā€” National Zoo (@NationalZoo) June 24, 2013

And they all lived happily ever after.

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I live in DC, not far from the Zoo. I have had several occasions over the last five or ten years to feel like I could do a much better job than they are doing of making sure the animals stay put, are well fed, and don't expire tragically from causes that seem to be avoidable. I have a strong feeling I'm going look out my window and see Rusty strolling down the street on a leash in about an hour or so.