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Red Panda Missing From National Zoo FOUND

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Smithsonian's National Zoo has found the red panda named Rusty.  Shortly after 2:20 p.m., the Zoo tweeted "the red panda has been recovered, crated & is headed safely back to the National Zoo!"

Zoo officials said Rusty had been missing since 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Officials didn't rule out the possibility that someone could have taken him, but said that he was most likely in a tree.

"Red pandas typically spend the warm daytime hours resting, so it's likely Rusty is somewhere in or near the Zoo hiding in a tree," the National Zoo's Twitter account stated.

Monday afternoon, a woman tweeted a photo from Adams Morgan of what appeared to be a red panda. @AshleyFoughty tweeted: "Red panda in our neighborhood! 20th NW and Biltmore. Please come save him! @nationalzoo1 pic.twitter.com/llQF7P9QH5"

Shortly after her tweet, the National Zoo announced Rusty had been found and was headed back home.