National Zoo Sends 2 Red Pandas To Va. For Breeding

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo has moved its red pandas, including one that escaped last year, to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia for breeding.

The zoo said Thursday that the increase in visitor traffic at the nearby giant panda exhibit could disrupt the chances of successful breeding for the red pandas. Animal keepers say the red pandas named Rusty and Shama are adjusting well to their new surroundings in Front Royal, Va.

The male red panda, Rusty, escaped the zoo’s enclosure last summer and was found wandering through a residential neighborhood in Washington. An investigation found Rusty likely climbed out through the trees in his exhibit.

The zoo says it’s planning to bring one or two new non-breeding red pandas to the Asia Trail exhibit this year.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Baltimore

Track Weather On The Go With Our App!
Your Podcast Network

Listen Live