Monday 11 February 2019

Red panda that escaped from Belfast zoo is found

Zoo says animal has been returned to its home after going missing on Sunday
Press Association
Mon 28 Jan 2019 12.22 GMTFirst published on Mon 28 Jan 2019 08.14 GMT
A red panda that went missing from Belfast zoo has been found. 
Police in the Northern Ireland capital said the animal went missing on Sunday and was “believed to be currently taking in the sights of beautiful Glengormley”, referring to an area near Belfast.
Police had asked the public not to approach or attempt to capture the animal.
Officers said: “Our curious friend has not yet learned the green cross code, so if motorists could also be vigilant.”
On Monday the zoo tweeted: “We are happy to report that the missing red panda has been located and is being returned to its home at Belfast zoo. Thanks to everyone for their help with the search!”
Two panda cubs were born at the zoo last June, but only started to venture outside towards the end of the year.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the red panda is facing a very high risk of extinction.

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