The National Zoo says a female red panda has been euthanized at a conservation center in Virginia after suffering brain swelling associated with a microscopic parasite.
The National Zoo has moved its red pandas, including one that escaped last year, to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia for breeding.
Rusty the red panda is back in his home after his daring escape a few weeks ago. And he’s already attracting quite a crowd at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
The National Zoo says a red panda likely escaped from its enclosure this week by climbing through tree limbs to reach bamboo nearby.
Zoo leaders still don’t know exactly how Rusty, a red panda, escaped the National Zoo in Washington DC this week.
Escape from the zoo. A rare red panda goes missing from the National Zoo in Washington D.C., and leads zookeepers on a chase through nearby neighborhoods.