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Rusty the Red Panda Spotted in Adams Morgan

Rusty the Red Panda, Found in Adams Morgan?

Intrepid Twitter user Ashley Foughty has spotted Rusty, the red panda that the National Zoo reported missing this afternoon.

Foughty spotted the escaped critter crossing 20th Street NW near the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge, she says in a phone interview, and saw him scurry to a rowhouse at 20th and Biltmore streets. Foughty then called in the sighting to the National Zoo—and tweeted a couple of photos for good measure. "We’re hoping he stays there until they make it,” she says. (That location is a little less than a mile from the zoo's main entrance if you stick to city streets, but it's not clear what route Rusty might have taken.)

While the National Zoo has speculated that Rusty may be ill, Foughty says that although Rusty was moving quickly, “he looked normal, healthy, just kind of scared.”

Photo by Ashley Foughty

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