Rusty the red panda on the lam – but not for long

Like most celebrities, Rusty’s fame was fleeting.

The red panda from the Washington, D.C. zoo briefly escaped his enclosure launching a brief social media flurry. He was soon discovered not far from the Smithsonian National Zoo biding his time in a tree.

Watch the dramatic (it’s not really dramatic) rescue video including the captive creature being carried in a dog crate.

h/t Toronto Star Photo Smithsonian National Zoo

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