National Zoo: Red Panda Is Missing - And He Bites

By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran
Courtesy: National Zoo/Twitter

Courtesy: National Zoo/Twitter

A male red panda named Rusty has gone missing from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and the zoo is warning the public that the wild animal "will bite if corner or scared."

A spokesperson for the zoo told that Rusty was last seen by a zookeeper who fed the red panda last night at about 6 p.m. and officials realized he was missing this morning.

According to the zoo's Twitter page, "red pandas are arboreal, territorial animals, so it would be unusual for Rusty to wander far from his home range, in his case his exhibit."

Zoo officials have been combing the trees around the zoo and say he could be in hiding or sick, according to the Twitter page.

According to the zoo's website, Rusty came to the zoo from the Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska and he will turn one year old in July.

The zoo is urging the public to keep an eye out for the animal:

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