Rusty, the Smithsonian National Zoo's red panda, made his claim to fame Monday, taking to the streets of Washington, D.C. after zoo officials announced he was missing from his sanctuary.
One Twitter user spotted him in the city's Adams Morgan neighborhood, and the zoo itself took to social media to relay and solicit information regarding the distinct panda's whereabouts. Rusty was back at the zoo hospital getting a checkup by late afternoon Monday, according to the zoo's Facebook page.
Red pandas are vulnerable in the wild and are of a separate family than giant pandas, National Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson told the AP.
They are also highly territorial and will likely hide in tall tree branches, Baker-Masson said.
Ending the pursuit of Rusty, check out the different faces of the red panda.
— Ashley Foughty (@AshleyFoughty) June 24, 2013
The Missing Panda: Foughty began posting pictures of Rusty when she spotted him near Baltimore Avenue and 20th St.
The Pre-Missing Panda: This undated photo shows Rusty in his sanctuary at the National Zoo.
The Sleepy Panda: Red pandas are vulnerable in the wild and like to hide in tall branches, according to the zoo officials – even when sleeping, like this one in 2012 at the Beijing Zoo.
The Two-For-One Hungry Pandas: Baby pandas feast on a typical meal, bamboo, at the Opel Zoo in Kronberg, Germany, in 2012.
The Territorial Panda: A female red panda surveys the scene below at the Lyon Zoo in France.
The Peeking Panda: A red panda living with two giant pandas peers over a tree trunk at the River Safari Zoo in Singapore.
The Mischievous Panda: A red panda pokes out its tongue while relaxing at the Beijing zoo.