Yesterday, Rusty the red panda mysteriously vanished from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. around 6 p.m. His disappearance made national headlines, but there's good news: he's been found. Rusty was seen scampering across 20th Street NW near the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge in D.C.'s Adams Morgan section around 1:30 p.m. by Ashley Foughty. According to the Washington City Paper, Foughty called the National Zoo and tweeted out a few quick pictures to validate her claims.
DCist reports that City Paper intern Dan Singer and WAMU's Patrick Madden rushed to the scene where Madden confirmed that Rusty had been captured:
Confirmed. Rusty is in custody— Patrick Madden (@Patrick_Madden) June 24, 2013
The National Zoo also took to Twitter to thank everyone for their concern and assistance in recovering Rusty:
Rusty the red panda has been recovered, crated & is headed safely back to the National Zoo!— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) June 24, 2013
Thank you so much to everyone who helped us look for and find him!— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) June 24, 2013